Sectional, District and Regional Media Credential Requests: Media shall request credentials from the tournament site manager. Log on to the OHSAA’s volleyball web page to access the various district websites (for sectional and district games) and the regional tournament site managers.
State Tournament Media Information: The following information was prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA volleyball state tournament. Please contact Tim Stried (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the week of the state tournament.
Coaches and Media Teleconference: The head coaches of the state semifinalists will participate in a media teleconference on Monday, Nov. 9. 7ontact Tim Stried (email@example.com, 614-267-2502, ext. 124) for details.
Dates, Location and Website: Nov. 10-12 at the Nutter Center (www.nuttercenter.com) on the campus of Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton 45435. The Nutter Center is less than a mile from Interstate 675. Take the North Fairfield Road (exit 17) off of I-675 and proceed north. Cross Colonel Glenn Highway and proceed directly into the entrance of the Nutter Center on the right.
Your Hosts: Tournament Manager Max Benton and OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Jerry Snodgrass. Tim Stried, the OHSAA's Director of Information Services, will be on-site for the championship matches Saturday.
Format and Times: The divisional order of play in 2016 is II, I, IV and III. The first semifinal match on Thursday and Friday will start at noon and subsequent matches will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the preceding match, but not earlier than 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. The first championship match Saturday begins at 11:00 a.m. and subsequent matches will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the preceding match, but not earlier than 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. All matches will use rally scoring and the best three out of five sets. All games are played to 25 with no cap (must win by two), with the fifth and deciding set (when necessary) played to 15 (no cap).
Media Credentials for the State Tournament: Media shall use the OHSAA’s official volleyball credential application form and fax it to Tim Stried at 614-267-1677 (or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline is noon on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Credentials will be held for pickup at Gate 9 (media entrance) of the Nutter Center. All media must show photo identification to pick up their credentials. No credentials will be issued to parents of state qualifiers or freelance photographers.
Confirmation Email and Approved List: Upon processing a credential application, the OHSAA will send a confirmation email to the media outlet. In addition, a list of those media members who have been approved for credentials will be posted on the credential information page at OHSAA.org.
Flash Photography: Photographers are reminded that flash photography of any kind is not permitted during OHSAA volleyball tournament contests.
Parking: Media who have been approved for credentials will be able to park free of charge by showing their company identification (ID badge) to the parking attendants. Those media should park in Lot 9 and enter the Nutter Center at Gate 9, then proceed down the hall to the check-in table.
Broadcasting Availability and Rates: Live or tape-delayed radio and audio webcasting of all 12 matches, as well as tape-delayed television and video webcasting of the semifinals, is available per rates found on the 2016-17 OHSAA Broadcast Fees chart.
Media Work Space, Wireless Access, Telephones: In-game work space for media members is available courtside on press row. Wireless access is available, as well as telephone lines for broadcasts. Post-game work space is available beside the post-game interview room, which is located in the corner of the "open end" of the arena floor on the same side as the scorer's table.
Postgame Interviews: Coaches and student-athletes (typically three from each team) are available following each match in the press conference area. Interviews are not permitted in the court except by SportsTime Ohio.
Box Scores and Recaps: Box scores will be distributed to media in attendance and will be posted on the OHSAA web site as soon as possible following each match along with recaps of the championship matches.
Time Warner Cable Sports to Televise State Finals: Time Warner Cable Sports, the OHSAA’s official television partner, will televise all four state championship contests.
PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE: Media outlets needing photographs from OHSAA state tournaments can utilize the OHSAA’s official photographer, Impact Action Sports Photography. Log on to www.impactactionphotos.com and click on the media request form. Or contact Joe Maiorana (email@example.com, 614-266-1674) or Ben Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Coaches, parents of competitors and children are not permitted to receive media credentials. Media outlets found to be in violation could be subject to reduced access at future OHSAA state tournaments.