02/26/13 – Houchens Industries/Girls’ Sweet Sixteen® Media Information

February 26, 2013 2012-2013 News Releases

The Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ State Tournament will take place March 13-16 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

PARKING – GIRLS’ SWEET 16®
Parking passes for the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ State Tournament will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no charge for media parking (with a hang tag) at the Girls’ Tournament and these passes will be provided upon the first check in at the media entrance to the arena. Authorized and approved media outlets will be admitted by the parking attendants for the first session based on an approved credentials list from the credentials.khsaa.org system. 

DISTRIBUTION POLICY
The distribution of credentials is conducted using the following priorities:
1. Daily Newspapers and Wire Services;
2. Statewide Media (TV, etc.);
3. Media Covering Specific Teams on a Regular Basis;
4. Regional Media;
5. All Other Outlets (Non-Broadcast Radio, weekly media, etc.).

Credentials may be issued on a limited basis to valid websites that report timely results. They are not issued to message board websites or to websites that do not regularly contain Kentucky based high school regular season content throughout the year.

Due to space limitations, full tournament credentials are not issued to non-daily newspapers or to non-broadcasting radio stations with no specific coverage teams. Non-originating radio stations from the markets of participating teams will be issued a maximum of one credential and will be assigned to the auxiliary media seating area.

The KHSAA reserves the right to grant or deny any requests on an individual basis. 

PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography passes are provided to accredited media outlets in conjunction with print outlets and affiliated websites.

Commercial and freelance photographers can obtain rights fee-based credentials, space permitting. Information regarding rights fee payments will be confirmed through the online credentialing system.

The KHSAA reserves the right to deny credentials to commercial and freelance photographers who do not agree to the restrictions. 

GIRLS’ AUXILIARY MEDIA SEATING
Auxiliary media seating at Diddle Arena is located in available seats in Section A or the 300 level end zone. 

TEAM BROADCAST RADIO
One local radio station, designated by the participating school principal, will be permitted to originate broadcasts of games involving only that school. Once the tournament field is set, the school principal will complete the online form and submit it to KHSAA to notify the Association of the station. Absent those stations grandfathered with the formation of the KU/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen®, stations not receiving a school designation will be required to take a feed from the KU/KHSAA Sweet 16® Statewide Radio Network. 

GIRLS’ CREDENTIAL PICK-UP
Credentials will not be mailed to media outlets. Credentials will be available for pickup on Tuesday, March 12 at the Tournament Headquarters at The University Plaza (Salon A) in Bowling Green from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (CT). Proper identification will be required to pickup media passes. Credentials can also be picked up at the Diddle Arena Media Pass Gate (Gate 3) beginning 1 1/2 hours prior to tip-off of each session. All credentials are issued on a daily basis. You will need proper identification each day. 

POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT BRACKETS/INFORMATION
The brackets for both tournaments are posted on the KHSAA web site (www.khsaa.org/basketball). Outlets can also view district and regional schedules/results on the KHSAA/Riherd’s Scoreboard by clicking on the scoreboard icon at www.khsaa.org

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