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«To: Individual Wrestling Tournament Managers From: John R. Johnson, Communications Director Re: 2013 Tournament Public Address Scripts Enclosed are ...»

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1661 Ramblewood Drive

East Lansing, MI 48823-7392

Phone: 517/332-5046

To: Individual Wrestling Tournament Managers

From: John R. Johnson, Communications Director

Re: 2013 Tournament Public Address Scripts

Enclosed are the public address announcement scripts to be read by your

announcer for the MHSAA tournament games at your site.

Please use the welcome statements as indicated. If you are hosting a meet

in your own facility, please remember, this is a tournament – not a home meet – and you should plan to have your announcer conduct him or herself accordingly.

In the interest of good sportsmanship, please follow the script when doing introductions. Your announcer shall be a neutral party; should not show any favoritism to any team, even if one of the participants is from the host school; or perform in such a manner that is designed to evoke a response from the crowd (i.e. -- “Are You Ready!” or “Let’s Rumble!” etc.).

Please find enclosed a copy of an article from the MHSAA publication MENTOR, which describes the desirable attributes and behavior for public address announcers.

2012-13 Individual Wrestling Tournament Public Address Announcer Copy – Individual Wrestling Good _____________________________. The Michigan High School Athletic (Morning, Afternoon, Evening) Association welcomes you to ______________________________ for today’s (Name of school) ____________________ competition in the Two-Thousand-Thirteen Division ____ (District or Regional) Individual Wrestling Tournament.

School sports means just that. School comes first. These games are part of the total learning experience for our kids. Let’s remember that as we enjoy today’s action.

Ladies and gentlemen, at this time we ask that you stand. The privilege of this game was made possible by those who have fought – and continue to fight for – the freedoms we enjoy. Let us honor and respect their efforts and our country by gentlemen removing their caps, and everyone standing at attention, placing their hands over their hearts, as we proudly sing our National Anthem.

Page 2 – Individual Wrestling Public Address Announcements The following scripts are to be read before the competition, during breaks in the action and between rounds NOTE - When saying the MHSAA acronym, say each letter – M – H – S – A – A.

Do not say M-H-S-Double A or try to say MHSAA as a word.

DISTRICT SITES ONLY - T-Shirts on Sale (Check with site manager to confirm that shirts are being sold before making this announcement) A great way to relive the excitement of today's meet is by purchasing a souvenir t-shirt.

They're sure to become collector's items and they're on sale now. Be a part of the games by buying an M-H-S-A-A souvenir shirt.

Spectator Videotaping/Photography Restrictions (1x before each session)

A reminder to spectators who are videotaping or taking photographs at today's game:

All spectator videotaping and photography for personal, non commercial use; and must be done with the understanding that the video or still images shall not be duplicated, sold, or distributed through any medium such as television or the internet. The use of tripods and electrical cords are prohibited. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Country Fresh #1 (1x before match, 1x during match) New Country Fresh TRU MOO Chocolate milk is good for you! No high fructose corn syrup, less calories and more nutrients make this a must for refueling your body’s needs!!

(Upper Peninsula Tournament Sites – Substitute Jilbert’s for Country Fresh) Farmers Insurance #1 (1x before match, 1x during match) Farmers Insurance is a proud sponsor of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. See how your knowledgeable, local Farmers agent can save you money.

Call 800-Farmers or visit Farmers-dot-com. We are Insurance. We are Farmers.

Meijer #1 (1x before match, 1x during match) Gear up for tailgating at low Meijer prices. No matter what team you’re cheering for, Meijer has all your tailgating gear, from Certified Angus Beef to team apparel to Weber grills. Experience the savings. Experience the difference. Meijer.

Page 3 – Individual Wrestling Public Address Announcements Subway #1 (1x before match, 1x during match) SUBWAY Restaurants offer convenient and affordable catering that’s perfect for tailgating or team celebrations. Visit your local SUBWAY Restaurant or check out www.subwaycatering.com today! SUBWAY – the Official Restaurant of Michigan High School Sports.

Wrestling Finals Online (1x before meet, 1x during meet) You can watch all of the action of the Team and Individual Wrestling Finals action live online on the M-H-S-A-A Dot T-V website. You can also visit the M-H-S-A-A Website for stats of every match on every mat at the Team and Individual Finals.

Scholar-Athlete Award (1x before meet, 1x during meet) The competition is finished for nearly 2 thousand of the state's top student-athletes, who were vying for 32 one thousand dollar college scholarships through the M-H-S-A-A's Scholar-Athlete Award, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance. Check out the M-H-S-A-A Web Site for a complete list of finalists and scholarship recipients.

Applications for students graduating during the 2013-14 school year will be available exclusively on the MHSAA Website in the fall.





Promo for Individual Wrestling Finals (1x before meet, 1x during meet) The MHSAA Individual Wrestling Finals will take place at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2. Watch all 4 divisions of action on 12 mats as nearly 900 wrestlers vie for top honors. Reserved seat tickets are now on sale at The Palace Ticket Store. And if you can’t make it to the Finals, watch all the matches online at M-H-S-A-A – Dot – T-V!

Health Resources At MHSAA.COM Hearts and heads, heat and hazing…a healthy environment for school sports puts an emphasis on safety. Visit the Michigan High School Athletic Association website for links to educational resources on concussions, respectful behavior and other issues related to promoting healthy and safe athletic classrooms. Visit the M-H-S-A-A website, and click on Education.

Page 4 – Individual Wrestling Public Address Announcements It’s All About Sportsmanship School sports are about producing championship-caliber people – not championships.

A true champion treats everyone with respect – win or lose. When we do that, every young person is a trophy kid, and isn’t that more important than handing a kid a trophy? Remember, when the game is on the line, it’s all about sportsmanship.

Second Half @ MHSAA.COM Every team at every school has a story to tell, and now you can find those stories behind the scores online at the M-H-S-A-A’s Second Half – featuring original content from around the state, plus links to scores, rankings and much, much more. Make Second Half your starting point for high school sports information every day by clicking on the Second Half link on the home page of M-H-S-A-A – Dot – Com.

Student Advisory Council The M-H-S-A-A Student Advisory Council helps serve school sports as a voice of the student-athlete. Applications are now being taken for students from the Class of 2015 to serve for two years on the Student Advisory Council. For more information about the M-H-S-A-A Student Advisory Council, and to view the Student-Athlete Belief Statement, visit the Student Leadership page of the M-H-S-A-A Website.

Official Recruitment Why officiate? We always need people to step up and make these games happen.

Officials are a vital part of educational athletics. They help kids learn the game;

respect the game, its rules and all the participants. They would like you to join their ranks…so why don’t you? To become a registered high school game official, call or click the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Preferred Tournament Housing Visit the wrestling page of the M-H-S-A-A Website to view a list of Preferred Finals Hotels in the vicinity of The Palace of Auburn Hills. We urge you to support those lodging facilities which help support the Finals. Visit the Wrestling page of the M-H-S-A-A Website for Preferred Finals Hotel information.

Page 5 – Individual Wrestling Public Address Announcements Medal Presentation (District & Regional Sites Only) Ladies and gentlemen, at this time we direct your attention to the awards stand, where the presentation of medals in the ______ pound weight class will take place.

–  –  –

And your champion at _____ pounds:

________________________________________________________________.

(Name of recipient & school -- i.e., Bradley Charles from Minnetonka Central)

–  –  –

on _____________________. Congratulations to this year’s medalists!

(Date) Closing Statement (Used for all games) The Michigan High School Athletic Association and ________________________

(Name of host site) have enjoyed having you at today's meet, and we look forward to having you as our guest at future events. Please drive carefully on your way home.

Good __________________________.

(Day, Afternoon, Evening, Night) Heard, But Not Seen – The Public Address Announcer At many athletic contests, there are a number of behind-the-scenes elements which contribute to the atmosphere for the event. One of these elements is a person infrequently seen, but always heard -the public address announcer.

Sometimes, the job at our local schools is given last-minute attention, in terms of selecting the person for the job or preparing that person for the responsibility. Other schools have, like in coaching, a veteran in that position who provides stability and professionalism.

Selecting your announcer is as important as selecting someone to keep statistics, tape ankles, run the clock, etc. The person you select should have some public speaking experience, knowledge of the game to be announced, the ability to follow instructions and the wisdom to know when to speak, and more importantly, when not to speak and how to speak.

It doesn't matter if you're announcing a game at a field or a gymnasium where you have 170 people, or an arena with 17,000 fans looking on. This unseen voice is important.

One thing I personally find distasteful at high school athletic events is the announcer who literally tries to entertain from behind the microphone. No knock on those who do public address work for professional athletic teams, where entertainment is the goal, but remember that this is an educational event that is taking place in a classroom. Spectators will work themselves up on their own. They don't need a public address announcer to do it for them.

With that tone set, here are some tidbits I have found useful in selecting public address

announcers and some guidelines for them to follow when working games:

On Selecting Announcers

• Voice quality - Select a person with voice qualities that projects at a pitch where all can understand what is being said. This is generally someone with a low-pitched voice. A person with a high-pitched voice is often harder to understand. The latter person may be well intentioned and mechanically sound, but if you don't have the pipes, you don't have the pipes -- regardless of gender (I've heard many, many more male than female announcers at the college and high school level with this problem).

• Game knowledge - A good public address announcer should know the game to be announced. This includes knowing official's signals, and the appropriate times to be on the microphone (i.e., being silent once a free throw shooter in basketball has the ball and is ready to shoot).

• Emotionally neutral - Yes, you want a person who can be enthusiastic, but you do not want a "homer." Your public address announcer should handle all calls with equal vigor and delivery, even if the opponent just made the game-winning score.

• Follows directions - The best public address announcers work from scripts. You need someone who can deliver the announcements you want, when you want them.

Working The Game

• Be familiar with the teams - Most public address announcers develop spotting charts to use while announcing. These charts provide the basic information in a larger type format than a game program generally does.

Also, get a rundown on proper pronunciations before the game starts. Either arrive at the game 30 to 45 minutes early so you can talk with the coach or administrator from the visiting school to get pronunciations right, or call the visiting school a day or two before the game to review difficult names.

There's nothing more embarrassing for a youngster, parents and friends, for an announcer to butcher a name or be inconsistent in announcing it during a contest.

-2 Consider a spotter - This is needed primarily in football. A spotter is one who assists the public address announcer in identifying the key operatives on each play.

• Develop a script - Rather than doing everything off the top of your head each time, scripts can be developed for player introductions, welcomes, sportsmanship messages, announcements about upcoming events at the school, messages thanking people for attending the game, etc. (Scripts are also available from the MHSAA for certain announcements.) Writing a script and rehearsing it several times before working the game will make each announcement sound smooth and professional.

It is important to note that announcements welcoming the visiting team to the event and promoting good sportsmanship are vital at high school athletic events. They set the proper tone for the game.

• Keep the focus on the game - As stated above, the public address announcer should be enthusiastic, but emotionally neutral. When you talk too much, you draw attention away from the purpose of the event.

• Don't be a homer - Maintain the same delivery pitch for announcements involving the visiting team as well as your own. A "homer" literally creates at times an advantage for one team by unnerving the other, and sometimes disturbs the home team as well. Don't cheerlead on the public address system, and never make editorial comments about officiating.



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