2020 State Softball Media Information

Please read all information carefully. There are many protocol changes for press covering the 2020 State Softball Tournament.

Media members are advised to follow health and safety guidelines before covering any live events. This includes but is not limited to:

  1. Checking temperature before arrival, and not attending if that temperature is over 100.3
  2. Washing hands before touching any surfaces
  3. Use sanitizing wipes or cleaning supplies after contact with any shared equipment
  4. Social distancing as much as possible
  5. Masks and other personal protective equipment are optional, but STRONGLY recommended.

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 managementPrivate 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. Wednesday, July 22.  When requesting credentials, please include ALL of the individuals covering the tournament and the teams that you are following. We are asking ALL media, including those with the all-tournament media pass, to register this year.

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 Monte Wilson at: monte@ighsau.org.

PARKING PASSES AND MEDIA CREDENTIALS WILL BE MAILED. MEDIA MUST PROVIDE A MAILING ADDRESS WITH THEIR CREDENTIAL APPLICATION. Media that fail to meet the July 22 deadline will have to purchase tickets for their first round game.

Yearbook and Student Publications: Student publications are allowed. A request for this access must be sent by a school administrator via email to Monte Wilson (monte@ighsau.org) no later than July 22. 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.

Tournament Format: To promote social distancing, four fields at Rogers Park will be utilized at the state tournament with staggered start times. There are no Wednesday consolation games (there will be third and fourth place games). You may download the schedule by clicking here

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.

Postgame Interviews: All media members will be directed to meet players and coaches at designated spots following the conclusion of each game.  Media are asked to comply with social distancing measures and remain six feet away from players and coaches during interviews.  For teams playing on Kruger and ICCC Fields, media will meet players and coaches on the baseball field.  For teams playing on Veterans and Dodger Fields, media will meet players at the IGHSAU pop up tent.

Photography: There will be two media boxes chalked on the first and third baselines on all four fields. Only one photographer will be allowed in the media boxes at a time. The photography towers that have been along the first and third baselines will not be utilized at this year’s tournament due to the dugout extensions to promote social distancing. Media members are not permitted in team dugouts.

Press Seating and Social Distancing – The media accommodations have changed due to COVID-19. We have been advised to keep the press boxes on Kruger Field and ICCC Field (Diamonds 1 and 2) open only to tournament workers. They will not be open to media. However, the middle section of bleachers behind home plate on Kruger and ICCC Fields will not be utiilized by fans and are reserved for media.  Spots will be marked in the bleachers and power can be run from the bleachers to the press boxes. In addition to that, there will be a media tent that can also be used as an additional workspace. We will allow media to bring umbrellas for shade.

If you are covering games on the smaller diamonds (Veterans and Dodger), there will be small tables set up for media directly behind home plate. Space will be limited and radio stations broadcasting games will get priority seating in those available media areas. We will allow media to bring umbrellas for shade.

A reminder that media should bring their own WiFi hot spots along with appropriate extension cord and outlets.

Radio Seating: The “radio row” of seating on both Kruger Seeds and ICCC Diamonds will still be available for broadcasters. Hopefully, the use of four diamonds will enable more stations to comfortably broadcast while also being able to practice appropriate social distancing. Space will be limited compared to previous years and priority will be given to radio stations that have ordered phone lines. Because of the limited space, radio stations are limited to two broadcasters on each game. If the radio row becomes full, there will also be available space to broadcast in the media bleacher areas of Kruger and ICCC fields. If you are broadcasting on the smaller diamonds (Veterans and Dodger Diamonds), there will be a limited amount of table space set up for broadcasting games. A reminder that radio stations should bring their own WiFi hot spots along with appropriate extension cords and outlets.

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.

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 soon as possible to ensure your line is installed before your game takes place.

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 (515) 240-7649 if you have any questions.

This has been a challenging season and I have appreciated the media’s willingness to work with the guidelines and new policies that were established during the regular season and the post season. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with the new protocols we’ve set in place for this year’s state tournament. There are a lot of changes, some of them I fully realize are not ideal. I appreciate your understanding and I look forward to seeing you on July 27.

Jason Eslinger