2014-01-02 / Community

‘Battle’ returns, fans asked to participate

Students, fans must enter cheering videos

EAST LANSING – The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Student Advisory Council will host its third “Battle of the Fans” contest this winter to award the top high school student cheering section in Michigan and promote the opportunity for a fun, positive cheering experience for fans supporting their teams.

A total of 27 sections submitted videos for the 2012-13 contest, and 43 schools total have submitted applications during the contest’s first two years. Buchanan was named last year’s champion and presented with a banner during the MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. Sections from Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, Frankenmuth, Jackson Vandercook Lake and Zeeland East also were finalists last winter.

Schools are invited to submit a short video, via YouTube, of their cheering sections in action. Video submissions should be between 90 seconds and three minutes long and explain how that section meets the following contest criteria: positive sportsmanship, student body participation, school spirit, originality of cheers, organization of the group, student section leadership and fun.

The deadline for student-submitted video applications is noon Jan. 11. Five finalists including at least one Class C or D school then will be chosen and visited on a home game night by MHSAA staff and Advisory Council representatives. The MHSAA will produce a video of that finalist after each visit, with the champion being selected by the Student Advisory Council based in part on activity on the MHSAA’s social media sites.

This year’s winner will be announced Feb. 21 and recognized March 21 at the Breslin Center.

“The Battle of the Fans continues to change the fan culture at our schools,” said Andy Frushour, MHSAA director of brand management and advisor to the Student Advisory Council. “We’ve now created a library of examples of what positive sportsmanship can look like in the stands on a Friday night. We’re excited to add more to that library this winter and see what new ways our students are coming up with to cheer on their classmates.”

Contest rules, directions for submitting videos, plus links to coverage of the 2012 and 2013 finalists can be found on the MHSAA Website at www.mhsaa.com/BOTF. This year’s finalist videos will be published on the MHSAA Second Half at SecondHalf.MHSAA.com.

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