Softball Credential Application Form
Media Welcome Letter
here for OHSAA Softball page
The following information is provided to assist media covering the
upcoming OHSAA softball state tournament. Please contact Tim Stried (email@example.com
or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office if you have additional
questions. Previews and additional information will be posted on the
OHSAA web site (www.ohsaa.org) the week of the state tournament.
YOUR HOSTS: State Tournament Manager Dave Suncire
(Office:330-375-2855, Cell: 330-812-7871, DSuncire@akronohio.gov), Media
Coordinator Brittany Schmoekel (Office: 330-375-2854, Cell:
330-812-7874, BSchmoekel@akronohio.gov), OHSAA Director of Information
Services Tim Stried (Saturday only, 614-267-2502, ext. 124, firstname.lastname@example.org),
plus OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Roxanne Price, who is the OHSAA’s
administrator for softball.
DATES: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 6-8
SCHEDULE: Game times for the semifinals are 10:00 a.m., 12:30
p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The championship games are at 10:00 a.m.,
1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The divisional rotation is I, IV, III
LOCATION: Akron Firestone Stadium, 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron,
WEATHER DELAYS: Follow the OHSAA on Twitter for weather updates
and delays: @OHSAASports
From the North: Take I-77 south or State Route 8 south to the
Wilbeth Road exit. Turn right (west) onto Wilbeth and follow to South
Main Street (approximately 1.25 miles). The stadium is at the
intersection of South Main, Wilbeth and Firestone Parkway. Turn right
onto Main and then a left into the Stadium parking lot.
From the West: Take I-76/I-277 east to the South Main Street
exit. Turn left (north) onto South Main. The stadium is approximately
one mile north at the intersection of South Main, Wilbeth and Firestone
From the South: Take I-77 north to the Wilbeth Road exit. Turn
left (west) onto Wilbeth and follow to South Main Street (approximately
1.25 miles). Turn right onto Main and then a left into the Stadium
From the East: Take I-76 west to I-77 south to the Wilbeth Road
exit. Turn right (west) onto Wilbeth Road and follow to South Main
Street (approximately 1.25 miles). Stadium parking is available in the
lot located between Firestone Parkway and Main Street.
SPORTSTIME OHIO TO TELEVISE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES: The OHSAA’s
official television partner, SportsTime Ohio, will provide exclusive TV
coverage of the four softball championship games.
MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Complete the official credential application
form and fax it (or scan and email it) to Tim Stried at the OHSAA office
(fax 614-267-1677, email@example.com). The deadline to submit requests
is 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Credentials will be held for pickup at the
home plate entrance at Firestone Stadium. Please be prepared to show
company identification. If the team you are covering wins its semifinal
game, the same credential is valid for the championship game.
NOTE ON MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Please note that parents and coaches
may not receive media credentials to OHSAA state tournaments. Media
outlets found to request credentials for these individuals could have
reduced access at future state tournaments.
CREDENTIAL CONFIRMATION: Upon processing a credential
application, the OHSAA will send a confirmation email, which contains
important information about the state tournament. In addition, the OHSAA
will post a list on its web site of those media members who have been
approved for credentials. The list will be posted by 10 a.m. Wed., June
PARKING: There are no media parking passes and there is no
reserved media parking area. Fans and media shall park along Firestone
Parkway in the median.
MEDIA WORK SPACE: Please see media coordinator Brittany Schmoekel
for a seat at the media tables at Firestone Stadium. In addition, there
are tables set up in the postgame interview room, which is located down
the third-base line behind the dugout. The media work room will close 60
minutes following the conclusion of the last postgame press conference
POSTGAME INTERVIEWS: There will be an official postgame press
conference following every game in the Hall of Fame room located down
the third-base line. The head coaches and key players will be escorted
to the press conference. Quick interviews by TV and radio reporters are
permitted prior to the press conference but must take place off the
infield dirt. Only credentialed photographers and TV cameras are
permitted inside the gate after the game.
WIRELESS AVAILABLE: Wireless internet access is available
throughout the stadium. Please see Brittany Schmoekel for the password.
TELEPHONE LINES: Broadcast media needing a telephone line should
check with Brittany Schmoekel for instructions. Stations must use an 800
number, credit card, call collect or have the station call the broadcast
ADDITIONAL NOTES TO BROADCAST MEDIA: Broadcast media must pay a
rights fee prior to broadcasting. Fees will be collected by Brittany
Schmoekel at your broadcast location. Broadcasters are asked to keep
their postgame shows to a minimum if a crew is waiting for your seats to
broadcast the next game. Video broadcast media may provide tape-delayed
play-by-play coverage of the semifinal games. Please alert Tim Stried at
the OHSAA as soon as possible of your intentions so coordination can
take place with the state tournament staff in Akron.
PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE: Media outlets unable to send a
photographer to a state tournament are encouraged to use the OHSAA’s
official photographer, Impact Action Sports Photography, for their photo
needs. Their website is www.ImpactActionPhotos.com (click on the media
request form). Contact Joe Maiorana (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ben
Barnes (email@example.com) with any questions.
AP MARKETPLACE AVAILABLE: Media outlets that are Associated Press
members will have access to regional and state tournament pairings, as
well as box scores from state tournament games and recaps of the four
championship games. The recaps and box scores will also be posted on the
softball state tournament coverage page at OHSAA.org.