The Ohio High School Athletic Association
Boys Basketball Media
State Tournament Media Credential Information
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document before submitting your media credential application
Boys Basketball Credential Application Form
Media Welcome Letter
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2013 OHSAA Boys Basketball State
Tournament Media Information
The following information has been prepared to assist you with your
coverage of the upcoming OHSAA boys basketball state tournaments. Please
contact Tim Stried (firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the
OHSAA office should you have additional questions. Previews and
additional information will be posted on the OHSAA web site the week of
each state tournament.
DATES: Thursday, March 21, through Saturday, March 23
YOUR HOSTS: OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Jerry Snodgrass is the
OHSAA’s administrator for basketball. Tim Stried, the OHSAA’s director
of information services, will be available to assist the media with
credentials, seating assignments, interview requests, media notes,
statistics, photographer placement, etc. Associate Commissioner Bob
Goldring coordinates the postgame press conferences.
LOCATION: Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on
the campus of The Ohio State University (555 Borror Drive, Columbus).
DIRECTIONS: Value City Arena is located at the corner of Lane
Avenue and Olentangy River Road. There are two primary routes to get to
the area: 1.) Take State Route 315 to the Lane Avenue exit and head east
toward campus. At the first intersection, turn left (north) onto Fred
Taylor Drive and you will see the arena on the right. 2.) Take State
Route 315 to the Ackerman Road exit and head east toward campus. At the
first main intersection, turn right (south) onto Fred Taylor Drive and
you will see the arena on the left.
DIVISIONAL ROTATION AND SCHEDULE: The divisional rotation for the
state tournaments in 2012 is III, II, IV and I. The Division III and II
semifinals will be played Thursday. The Division IV and I semifinals
will be played Friday. All 12 games of the boys state tournament are
single-session contests. Note that the boys championship games on
Saturday, March 23, have slightly altered start times again this year
(10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.).
CREDENTIALS: Fax (or scan and email) the official credential
application form to Tim Stried at the OHSAA office (fax 614-267-1677).
The deadline to submit requests is noon on Tuesday, March 19, but media
are asked to submit their applications as soon as possible.
CREDENTIAL CONFIRMATION: The OHSAA will send a confirmation email
to media applicants and also post a list on OHSAA.org of those media
members who have been approved for credentials. Denied requests will be
notified via email.
COACHES AND MEDIA TELECONFERENCE: Once again, the OHSAA will
conduct a media teleconference featuring the head coaches of the state
tournament qualifiers on the Monday preceding the basketball state
tournaments. The boys basketball teleconference will be held Monday,
March 18. Contact Tim Stried at email@example.com for the schedule and
PARKING: Some media members will be mailed a parking pass, while
other media will be instructed where to pick up a parking pass prior to
arriving at the Schottenstein Center. Parking details will be included
in the confirmation email. Not every media member can be accommodated
with a parking pass. For those media who do not receive a parking pass,
parking is free at the lots around the facility near Ohio State’s
baseball stadium and track stadium. A shuttle service is provided from
the Buckeye Parking Lots at the north end of Fred Taylor Drive to bring
those who park in those lots to the arena.
CREDENTIAL PICKUP/MEDIA ENTRANCE: Approved media shall pick up
credentials at the media entrance to the arena, which is located in the
Fred Taylor Room in the Northeast Rotunda (which faces Olentangy River
Road and the Fawcett Center). Media shall show company identification in
the Fred Taylor Room. Those who do not provide company I.D. may be
denied entrance. Those outlets that do not issue employee I.D. cards
must contact Tim Stried at the OHSAA in advance and identify the person
who will be assigned to cover the tournament for their outlet. Upon
entry, that person will then be required to show some form of photo I.D.
before a credential is issued.
PRESS ROW: A separate seating chart will be created for each
session. As media arrive at press row, please see an OHSAA
representative for your specific seat assignment. Media who have not
been approved to cover the following game must move their belongings to
the media work room immediately after the game.
MEDIA WORKSPACE: Reporters covering the entire tournament (or the
last game of the day) may continue working at their seats along press
row. The arena’s media work room, which is located off the main hallway
behind press row, is available for those media covering only specific
games or divisions. Photographers also may work in the media work room.
Wireless internet is available in the arena. Media shall request a
password and username when credentials are picked up in the Fred Taylor
TELEPHONE LINES: The OHSAA will provide a courtesy line for media
use in the media work room. Calls are to be collect, with a credit card
or with a toll-free number. Broadcast media outlets that need a phone
line should mark the credential application form appropriately and must
also fax a request to the attention of Steve Aldous in OSU’s
Telecommunications and Networking Department within the Office of
Information Technology. The fax number is 614-688-3425. You can also
speak to an account manager at 614-292-6080. Your fee will include
installation and lease of the line for the weekend. If you order a line,
you must bring your own telephone and/or telephone cord. Neither will be
provided. A technician will be on hand during the tournament to resolve
PREGAME TIMING INFORMATION: A separate timing information
document will be provided to broadcast media so they are aware of the
timing of such items as the National Anthem, pregame introductions and
the exact tip time. The games will tip off as close to the announced
start time as possible (three minutes past the announced time during the
championship games). The National Anthem will be played before every
INTERVIEWS: No media members, including photographers, are
permitted in locker rooms at any time. A post-game news conference will
take place in the Media Interview Room, located in the back hallway
behind the locker rooms after a brief cooling off period. The head coach
and key players will attend. An OHSAA media escort will coordinate media
members obtaining “quick sound bites” from one team if they are waiting
near the interview room for the other team to finish its news
conference. However, all radio and television post-game interviews will
take place after the news conference. Once the first team finishes its
news conference, all one-on-one interviews must stop immediately, and
the second team is required to enter the news conference. For the
championship games, interviews for “quick sound bites” are permitted on
the floor immediately following the conclusion of BOTH awards ceremony.
News conferences will also take place in the Media Interview Room.
Additional one-on-one interviews, besides the “quick sound bites,” will
take place after the news conference.
POST-GAME PHOTOS: For the semifinals and finals, still
photographers and TV cameras are permitted on the court briefly for
“celebration” types of photos. Photographers must leave the immediate
court area and stand in a designated area so that fans can view the
awards ceremonies. At that point, only the OHSAA’s official
photographer, a SportsTime Ohio camera and a Schottenstein Center camera
are permitted on the court.
TELEVISION INTERVIEWS: Interviews with coaches and players are
not permitted on the court after contests unless approved by Tim Stried
or Bob Goldring from the OHSAA. TV reporters may enter the floor to do a
“stand-ups” but, as previously mentioned, they must wait to conduct
one-on-one interviews with any coaches or players. Keep in mind that for
the semifinals, a media escort will assist you with quick interviews if
one team is waiting for the other team to wrap up its press conference.
Following the championship games, the escort will also help media
conduct courtside interviews, but they must take place after BOTH awards
ceremonies. No media members are permitted in the locker rooms.
TELEVISION NEWS: Credentials will be issued for a photographer
and reporter from the station to use at limited locations. Lights on
cameras are not permitted either when shooting a game or when shooting a
reporter filing a story and using the basketball court for a background
while a contest is in progress. Shots from spectator seating areas are
not permitted without prior permission from the OHSAA.
RADIO NEWS: All-session credentials for radio reporters are not
available. A telephone number will be available for radio stations to
call into the Schottenstein Center for score updates. Please contact Tim
Stried at the OHSAA if you are interested in this service. Single game
credentials for radio reporters are available. Seats are limited and not
all requests can be honored.
LIVE RADIO BROADCASTS: Live radio and audio internet streaming is
permitted. OHSAA broadcast rights fees apply (see chart posted on the
‘News & Media’ page at OHSAA.org.). Telephone line charges are
SECOND MULT BOX AVAILABLE: Two mult boxes will be provided for
use by the media during the basketball state tournaments. One will be
located in the postgame press conference room. The other will be located
at midcourt behind the second row of the media seating. Media are
welcome to obtain the audio from the house audio feed (which includes
the postgame trophy presentations) and the postgame press conferences.
TAPE-DELAY TV TELECASTS: Tape-delayed TV telecasts are permitted
for semifinal contests. SportsTime Ohio, the OHSAA’s official television
partner, will televise the championship games.
HOSPITALITY: There is a Media Hospitality Room located off the
main floor. Meals will be served as selected times during the
tournaments. Media members are requested to remain inside the Media
Hospitality Room with their food and beverages (teams will be
entering/exiting the court in the hallway directly outside the
Hospitality Room). Only water is permitted at courtside.
PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE: Rather than sending a stringer, media
outlets needing photographs from a state tournament are encouraged to
contact the OHSAA’s official photographer, Impact Action Sports
Photography. Their website is www.impactactionphotos.com (click on the
media request form). The contacts are Joe Maiorana (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Ben Barnes (email@example.com). Coaches, school staff, freelance
photographers and parents of competitors are not permitted to receive
media credentials. Media outlets found to be in violation are subject to
reduced access at future OHSAA state tournaments.
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