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Softball Media Credential Information

State Tournament Media Credential Information

Two Ways to Apply: 

  1. Option 1: Print the 2017 Softball Credential Application Form and submit per the instructions at the top of the form.​
  2. Option 2: Copy-and-Paste the following text into an email message, fill in the information and send to tstried@ohsaa.org. Please print the media information first.
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2017 OHSAA Softball Credential Application
Must be submitted by editor or assigner. Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 10:00am
No parents of state qualifiers permitted. Confirmation email will be sent with details and instructions, including parking. Media must show photo ID to pick-up credential.
Name and Title:
Media Outlet:
Street Address:
City, State and Zip:
Schools, Divisions or Areas Covering:
Names of Media Attending:
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The following information is provided to assist media covering the upcoming OHSAA softball state tournament. Please contact Tim Stried (tstried@ohsaa.org 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 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, tstried@ohsaa.org), plus OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Roxanne Price, who is the OHSAA’s administrator for softball.

DATES: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 1-3

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 and II.

LOCATION: Akron Firestone Stadium, 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH 44301

WEATHER DELAYS: Check with media coordinator Brittany Schmoekel and/or 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 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.

SPECTRUM SPORTS TO TELEVISE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES: The OHSAA’s official television partner, Spectrum Sports, will provide exclusive TV coverage of the four state 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, tstried@ohsaa.org). The deadline to submit requests is 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30. 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., May 31.

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 each day.

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 crew.

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.

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.