Please read all information carefully.
Who can apply for credentials? The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Board of Directors adopted the following policy regarding media credentials: “The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union shall grant, at the discretion of management, media access credentials for its state championship events to radio, television, print and on-line media to those organizations or companies which routinely provide coverage during regular season play for either teams or individuals which are participating in the tournament, or which regularly offer general coverage of the sport. The number of credentials issued to each organization or company shall be held to the discretion of management. Private talent evaluators, scouting services, etc. shall not be granted access to area of any venues restricted for media access.”
Requesting Credentials: Press credential requests must be made no later than 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14. When requesting credentials, please include ALL of the individuals covering the tournament and the teams that you are following.
NOTE TO MEDIA MEMBERS THAT HAVE THE IGHSAU ALL-TOURNAMENT STATE PASS: Although you already have credentials for IGHSAU state tournaments, we still need to know who is covering the tournament.
Click here to download the credential application.
Make sure you download the PDF to your desktop before filling out the form. Once you fill out the form, please email to Madison Melchert at: [email protected]
Yearbook and Student Publications: Student publications are allowed. A request for this access must be sent by a school administrator via email to Madison Melchert ([email protected]) no later than July 14. No accommodations are made for videographers, who are subject to the same videotaping regulations as any other spectator.
Private Photographers: Private photographers will not be given access to press credentials. Private photographers shooting photos on the behalf of state qualifying schools must provide documentation from school administration that states that the photographer is shooting on behalf of the school. The photographer must bring the documentation and a purchased ticket to exchange with IGHSAU personnel at the media/VIP pass gate.
Picking up your state tournament materials: You will pick up your program when you enter the diamond in the west Team/Media parking lot. There will be designated signage so you will know where to enter the diamond. IGHSAU personnel will be at the media entrance. Please display the parking pass in your vehicle.
Press Seating at Rogers Park: There are seating areas for working press. Seating in the press box is limited to approximately 10-to-12 spots. Priority access will be given to media with daily deadlines. The media area behind home plate on both diamonds remain and will be also available for use. Priority will be given to radio stations that are broadcasting games.
Photography Spots: The photo towers are back!! There towers will be back behind the third baseline on both field for press to shoot video and photographs. There will also be media boxes chalked on first and third baselines on both fields.
Box Scores: Box scores with internet scoring will be posted on the IGHSAU website. Copies of box scores will not be made unless specifically requested.
Interview Area: There will be an interview area set up set up near the center of the diamond (near the concession stand). Coaches, along with 1-3 players, will be brought by IGHSAU personnel to the interview area following each first round, semifinal and championship contest. There will be no interview requests for consolation games.
A reminder that media should bring their own WiFi hot spots along with appropriate extension cord and outlets.
Ordering Phone Lines: For those needing to order phone lines for Rogers Park, please call the Temporary Services Department at Frontier Communications at (888)-244-3773. Frontier recommends that radio stations get their orders called in as soon as possible to ensure your line is installed before your game takes place.
NOTE ABOUT CONSOLATION GAMES: There will be consolation games taking place Tuesday and Wednesday on Veterans' and Dodger Diamond. There are no phone jacks in place on those fields. Any radio station that has a team playing on those diamonds will have to broadcast via cell phone.
BROADCASTING INFORMATION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Radio Stations: Radio stations will be allowed to originate a live broadcast of an IGHSAU Iowa High School State Tournament/Playoff/Championship/ Event/Meet for the following rights fees. Softball – $150.00 per game. LIVE AUDIO STREAMING, AUDIO ARCHIVING OR DELAYED AUDIO REPLAY OF THE BROADCAST IS ALLOWED. ALL CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE IOWA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC UNION (IGHSAU) AND MUST BE PRESENTED WHEN ENTERING THE MEDIA ENTRANCE. If you are streaming your broadcast, please let the IGHSAU know as we will post the list of games that are being streamed on the IGHSAU website.
NOTE ABOUT GAMES PLAYED ON DODGER & VETERANS’ FIELDS: There are no phone jacks in place on those fields. Any radio station that has a team playing on Dodger and Veterans’ Fields will have to broadcast via cell phone.
Please feel free to contact me at (515) 240-7649 if you have any questions.
I look forward to seeing you in Fort Dodge.