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Be the Referee


Recruiting Officials

One of the most challenging tasks for the MHSAA is the recruitment and retention of game officials and referees.

In many cases, the job of the referee can be a thankless one. It’s an avocation where others expect an official to be perfect on their very first day on the job, and then improve on that performance.

Officials must be fit, knowledgeable on the rules, decisive and most importantly, have good people skills in handling competitive situations with emotional players, coaches and fans. While this can be a great challenge, many of our officials find this experience to be incredibly rewarding.

There is no better feeling than to officiate a game where the rules are fairly enforced, judgment calls are made decisively and the teams involved determine the outcome of the game.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this great team, go to MHSAA.com to learn more about officiating and how to get started in this rewarding avocation.

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Be the referee: Concussions 


 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

In all contact sports, the biggest issue of the day continues to be concussions. Game officials play a vital role in keeping athletes safe on the field, court, ice and mat. While officials are never placed in the position to diagnose a possible concussion, the officials can often see when a player first becomes injured. When that possible injury is noticed by an official, all game rules require the contest be stopped and the student is evaluated by the school’s health care team. It then becomes the call of the school to determine if the player has suffered a possible concussion. If yes, the player is out for at least the rest of that day. If no, the player can return to the contest.

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

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Clipping clipped as 2016-17 high school sports year begins


 

By John Johnson, MHSAA

 

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Clipping has been eliminated in high school football, the biggest playing rules change on the horizon for member schools of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, which formally begin practice for 2016-17 fall sports next week.

Practice in football must begin on Aug. 8 for all schools wishing to begin regular-season games the weekend of Aug. 25-27. Schools must have 12 days of preseason practice at all levels before their first game, and those 12 days of practice may not occur before 16 calendar days.

Practice sessions for all other sports begin Wednesday (Aug. 10). In golf and tennis, competition may commence no earlier than after three separate days of team practice, and not before seven calendar days. The first day competition may take place in golf and tennis is Aug. 17. In all other fall sports, contests can take place after seven days of practice for the team and not before nine calendar days. The first day competition may take place in cross country, tennis, soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball is Aug. 19.

This fall, two football dates again precede Labor Day, and a number of MHSAA schools will play their first varsity games on Thursday, Aug. 25. In Week 1, 131 varsity games will be played on Thursday, 169 contests will be played on Friday, and 17 games will be played on Saturday. In the second week, 245 games will take place on Thursday, 62 will be played on Friday and 6 contests are on Saturday.

Eliminating clipping from the high school game is the latest step in the national playing rules promulgated by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Clipping previously was permitted in the free-blocking zone when it met three conditions; however, clipping is now illegal anywhere on the field at any time. According to the rule, the free-blocking zone is defined as a rectangular area extending laterally 4 yards either side of the spot of the snap and 3 yards behind each line of scrimmage.

A few notable changes will go into effect for other fall sports:

•  In cross country, a participant who assists an injured or ill competitor when the appropriate health care professional is not available no longer will be disqualified from the race; only the runner receiving assistance will be disqualified for not finishing the race unassisted.

•  In soccer, changes were made to the offside rule that makes it match offside rules for the NCAA and FIFA/USSF. The most notable change states that a player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save) is not considered to have gained an advantage and can move ahead toward attempting to score a goal. A player who does receive the ball while in offside position after a deliberate save remains offside, and the result is an indirect kick for the defending team.

•  Also in soccer, eliminating of rough play will be a point of emphasis this school year. Rough play including contact above the shoulder often results in player injury.

•  In volleyball, a change to rules on uniforms aims to make the libero more recognizable from all angles. Beginning this fall, the libero, her teammates, or both will be required to wear a solid-colored uniform top; the libero’s top must clearly contract the predominant color(s) of her teammates’ uniform tops. Also related to the uniforms, soft hair devices, formerly no more than two inches in width, may now be up to three inches in width.

•  Also in volleyball, a service toss that contacts a basketball backboard or its supports in a vertical position over the serving area is a service fault and not eligible for a re-serve. The opponent receives a point and the next serve.

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Officials registration underway


 

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2016-17 school year.

The MHSAA annually receives registration by more than 10,000 officials, and had 10,043 during the 2015-16 school year. The highest total of officials registered for basketball, 4,265, with football, softball and baseball all with more than 2,000 registered officials during this school year.

For all new and returning officials, those who register online again will receive a $5 discount off their processing fees. A $15 fee is charged for each sport in which an official wishes to register, and the online processing fee is $35. Officials submitting registration forms by mail or on a walk-up basis will incur a $40 processing fee. Officials registered in 2015-16 will be assessed a late fee of $30 for registration after Aug. 1. The processing fee includes liability insurance coverage up to $1 million for officials while working contests involving MHSAA schools.

Online registration can be accessed by clicking “Officials” on the home page of the MHSAA Website at www.mhsaa.com. Forms also are available online that can be printed and submitted by traditional mail or hand delivery to the MHSAA Office. More information about officials registration may be obtained by contacting the MHSAA at 1661 Ramblewood Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48823, by phone at (517) 332-5046 or by e-mail at register@mhsaa.com.

There is an officials’ registration test for first-time officials and officials who were not registered during the past school year. The test consists of 45 questions derived from the MHSAA Officials Guidebook, which also is available on the Officials page of the MHSAA Website. Additional 50-question exams must be taken by those registering for football or basketball for the first time or those who were not registered for those sports during the previous school year. Manuals for both sports also are available on the Officials page. New officials also must complete the online MHSAA Principles of Officiating course, also available on the MHSAA Website.

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Two Cross Country runners qualify for state finals 


Red Hawk Cross Country runners Ellie Ovokaitys and Dallas Mora qualified for the state finals.

Red Hawk Cross Country runners Ellie Ovokaitys and Dallas Mora qualified for the state finals.

Two Cedar Springs High School cross country runners finished regionals with a treat, after a tricky race day on October 31.

The Cedar Springs Cross Country team and supporters traveled north to Gaylord on a cold, wet, ghoulish Halloween day. The girls and boys teams competed in the MHSAA Regional race for a chance to race one more time before ending their season. There were many pleasing results, despite the blustery weather the runners had to endure.

“I’m very pleased with my team’s performances,” boasted Coach Marie Covey. “Nearly all of the girls ran their fastest race of the season.” Ellie Ovokaitys not only ran her best race of the season, but ran well enough to be a qualifier for the State Finals this coming Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Also, qualifying is Dallas Mora from the boy’s team. (See other story on this page.) Congratulations Ellie and Dallas.

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Be the referee


 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Playoff selection 

As the regular season reaches the halfway point, the MHSAA begins to look ahead to the five weeks of the football playoffs. Crews and officials are selected at mid-season for the tournament based on a number of factors. Each official receives a rating from both schools following every game worked, and this rating average serves as the starting point for selection with the highest rated crews being considered first. The MHSAA also considers experience of the crew, recommendations for leagues and officials associations, football rule exam score that each official completes, as well as the strength of the schedule the crew has worked during the season. All of these factors are considered when selected the very best officials to work the most important games of the season.

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Weiler brings home state championship


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On Saturday, May 30, three members of the Cedar Springs girls track team competed in the MHSAA Division 2 State Track Meet in Zeeland. Senior Kenzie Weiler brought home the school’s first Track and Field state championship by winning the 3200 meter run. With 500 meters to go, Kenzie took the lead and ran away from the rest of the field. She won with a new school record time of 10:41.98 and was just two seconds off from setting a new Division 2 state record in the 3200 meter run.

Kenzie received All State honors in track and field and, combined with her achievement in the classroom, she also earned Academic All State in Track and Field. In the fall, Kenzie will continue her education and running career at Michigan State University.

S-Track-girls2-Kenzie-Award-StandSophomore Tara Tepin competed in two events, in her first trip to the state finals. Tara placed 19th in the 100 hurdles and ran a career best 47.21 in the 300 hurdles, for an 11th place finish. Junior Allyson Marvel also in her first trip to the state finals placed 18th in the pole vault with a vault of 8’ 11”.

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Be the referee


 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Pass Interference 

Today we’re going to talk about one of the most difficult calls for any football official—pass interference. It’s important to know that whenever a forward pass is thrown beyond the line of scrimmage that both players—the offensive receiver as well as the defender—each have an equal right to make a play on the football.

Now, not all contact will automatically result in a pass interference foul. The official must judge if that early contact before the ball arrives has placed one of the two players at a distinct disadvantage. When that contact does create the disadvantage, you have a foul for pass interference. When the contact is minimal and is simply incidental, no foul has occurred.

Asst. Director Mark Uyl oversees the MHSAA’s officiating efforts, and is an accomplished collegiate official in two sports. He also umpired the NCAA College World Series in 2014.

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Weiler earns all state honors


Junior Kenzie Weiler placed fifth in the 3200 meter run at the state finals.

Junior Kenzie Weiler placed fifth in the 3200 meter run at the state finals.

The Girls Track Team ended their season last week by participating in the Greenville Daily News Track meet on Tuesday May 27, and in the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals on Saturday at Houseman Field.

In the finals, Junior Kenzie Weiler earned All State and Academic All-State honors by placing fifth in the 3200 meter run. Senior Maddie Pekrul ended her four-year track career with a 19th place finish in the 3200 meter run. The 3200 meter relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Shayne Mann, Ellie Ovokaitys and Maddie Pekrul placed 22nd.

At the Daily News Meet in Greenville on Tuesday May 27, freshman Aaliyah Sargent and Tara Tepin won individual events. Aaliyah took first in the 400 meter dash and Tara won the 300 meter hurdles. The 3200 relay team of Shayne Mann, Ellie Ovokaitys, Jenna Heintzelman and Hannah Heintzelman also placed first.

Aly Hamilton placed second in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Allyson Marvel placed second in the 100 meter hurdles and Hannah Heintzelman also placed second in the 800 meter run. The 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski and Aly Hamilton placed second. Earning individual third places was Allyson Marvel in the pole vault and Ellie Ovokaitys in the 1600 meter run. The 800 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Olivia Finch and Aly Hamilton also placed third as did the 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Hanna Heintzelman, Jenna Heintzelman, and Tara Tepin.

 

Senior Maddie Pekrul placed 22nd in 3200 meter run at the state finals.

Senior Maddie Pekrul placed 22nd in 3200 meter run at the state finals.

Kenzie Weiler (far left) on the awards stand.

Kenzie Weiler (far left) on the awards stand.

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Wrestler competes in State finals


S-Wrestling-Wamser-webOn February 27, 2014 Zachary Wamser traveled to the Palace of Auburn Hills to compete in the MHSAA State Finals Wrestling Tournament at the 171 pound weight class.

Wamser began his journey there when he took first at the Conference tournament, moved onto District and was District champ and made his way to regionals along with Jordan Ringler, Baron Lenardson, and Logan McGahn. The four boys wrestled their hardest. Jordan, Baron and Logan came up a little short at Regionals, but Wamser ended up taking 4th place, earning him a ticket to the State tournament.

Wamser did not place at State, “But it was a major accomplishment just to be there,” said Wamser.

Zachary Wamser ended his season with a 26-5 record. “Looking forward to place next year at State as a senior,” says Wamser.

Zachary was also awarded most outstanding wrestler for 2014 from his coach, Nick Emery.

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