The following information is provided to assist media covering the upcoming OHSAA softball state tournament. Please contact Tim Stried ([email protected] 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: Media Coordinator Jeff Mourton (Office: 330-375-2853, 330-812-7876, [email protected]), OHSAA Communications Department Intern Morgan Smith ([email protected]), OHSAA Director of Communications Tim Stried (Saturday only, 614-267-2502, ext. 124, [email protected]), and State Tournament Manager Melvin Blake ([email protected]).
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 III, II, I, IV.
LOCATION: Akron Firestone Stadium, 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH 44301
WEATHER DELAYS: Check with Jeff Mourton and follow the OHSAA on Twitter: @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 Parkway.
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 parking lot.
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.
MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Media shall 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 protected]). The deadline to submit requests is noon on Tuesday, May 28. Credentials will be held for pickup at the home plate entrance at Firestone Stadium. Please be prepared to show photo 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 of state qualifiers 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.
PARKING: There are no media parking passes and there is no reserved media parking area. Fans and media shall park along Firestone Parkway as directed by parking attendants.
MEDIA WORK SPACE: Please see media coordinator Jeff Mourton 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 each day.
POSTGAME INTERVIEWS: There will be an official postgame press conference following every game in the Hall of Fame room located on 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. The media work room closes 60 minutes after the last press conference ends.
WIRELESS AVAILABLE: Wireless internet access is available throughout the stadium. Please see Jeff Mourton for the password.
TELEPHONE LINES: Broadcast media needing a telephone line should check with Jeff Mourton near the press box for instructions. Stations must use an 800 number, credit card, call collect or have the station call the broadcast crew.
VIDEO BROADCAST INFORMATION: Media outlets that request to do video play-by-play of an OHSAA state tournament contest shall contact the OHSAA for details. The contact is Steve Neil and his email address is [email protected].
ADDITIONAL NOTES TO BROADCAST MEDIA: Broadcast media must pay a rights fee prior to broadcasting. Fees will be collected at your broadcast location. Broadcasters are asked to keep their postgame shows to a minimum if a crew is waiting for a broadcast location for the next game. 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.