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State Tournament Media Credential Information


Please contact Tim Stried ([email protected] 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.
 
YOUR HOSTS: OHSAA Senior Director of Sport Management Beau Rugg is the OHSAA’s administrator for basketball. Tim Stried, the OHSAA’s director of communications, will be available to assist the media with credentials, seating assignments, interview requests, media notes, statistics, photographer placement, etc.
 
DIVISIONAL ROTATION AND SCHEDULE: The divisional rotation for the state tournaments in 2021 is IV, III, II and I. The Division IV and III semifinals are Thursday. The Division II and I semifinals are Friday. The semifinals are played at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.). The championship games are Saturday at 10:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 
 
CREDENTIALS: Fax (or scan/email) the official credential application form to Tim Stried at the OHSAA office (614-267-1677). The deadline to submit requests is noon on Tuesday, March 9.
 
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.
 
PARKING: There are no media parking passes for the 2021 state tournament. 
 
CREDENTIAL PICKUP/MEDIA ENTRANCE: Credential pick up information and location will be explained in the media application confirmation memo. Media are requested to show photo identification at credential pick up. Those who do not provide photo ID may be denied entrance.
 
PRESS ROW: A separate seating chart will be created for each session.
 
MEDIA WORKSPACE: Reporters covering all 12 games of the tournament (or the last game of the day) may continue working at their seats along press row. Otherwise, please use the arena’s media work room.
 
BROADCAST CONNECTIONS: Broadcast media outlets needing a connection should indicate their preferred type (telephone line, internet line, etc.) on the credential application. Internet lines are $100 and are handled by Tim Stried
 
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 National Anthem is played before every session.
 
INTERVIEWS: No media members, including photographers, are permitted in the locker rooms at any time. A post-game news conference will take place in the Media Interview Room. Following 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 must take place after the news conference. Once the first team finishes its news conference, all one-on-one interviews must stop and the second team is required to enter the news conference. For the championship games, interviews for quick sound bites are permitted on the court 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 and emotion types of photos. Photographers must then leave the 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 Spectrum Sports TV camera and a Schottenstein Center TV 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 court 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 media escort will also help media conduct courtside interviews, but they must take place after BOTH awards ceremonies. No media members are permitted in team locker rooms.
 
NOTE ON TV REPORTS: Lights on cameras are not permitted when shooting a game or when shooting a reporter doing a report while 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.
 
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