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To be able to become a good sports writer, he/she must possess certain qualities, to wit:
- He must have a nose for news
- He must be familiar of all sports/events
- He must have a working knowledge on the jargon of sports writing, usually referred to as sports lingo.
Qualities of a Good Sports Writer
- Must know team/individual standing
- Must be familiar with the rules and regulations, strategies and tactics of the game or event he is writing about
- Must know coaches and players as intimately as possible
- Must observe accuracy
- Must be able to take notes quickly without losing the sequence of the play
- Must be fair and unbiased, even if you have personal favourites.
- Must use the specialized language of the game being reported.
- Must be at the sports venue not as a cheerer or spectator but as reporter.
Writing the Sports Lead
1. The traditional sports lead consists of 5 W’s, and H, if possible.
a. Who won?
b. Against whom?
c. By what score?
The Alaska Aces (who won) lambasted the San Miguel Beermen (against whom) in their Semi-Final Quest, 93-65 (by what score), during the unprecedented President’s Cup held at the Cuneta Astrodome (where), July 20, 2006 (when).
Writing the Body
In writing the body of the sports news, the writer must conform with the following pointers.
- Team or individual standing (if it were a series of games) - 1 Paragraph
- Crucial moment - 1 Paragraph
- Top scorer of the game - 1 Paragraph
- Play - by - play account - 3 Paragraphs
- Quotations - 1 Paragraph
Note: Phrases and statements embedded with ideas connected to the weather, crowd and celebration based on the writer’s analysis can be inserted in any of the paragraphs, if necessary. There must be 8 paragraphs in a sports news story.
Sports Lingo for Basketball
- Evened up matters with a 70-59
- 8-2 slate
- Got way laid
- Jampacked crowd
- Limit its turn-overs
- Point Guard
- Fired 19 pints
- Hauling rebounds
- Scored six points
- Topscored with 28 big pints
- Converted just three of 11 3-pt. tries
- As the final buzzer sounded
- Playing solidly all throughout
- League leader bannered the team
- Turn-around shot
- Poured all of his 19 pints
- Beat the buzzer
- Rainbow territory
- Undergoal stab with 5 seconds left
- Failed to score
- Wide-open three point shots
- Stretch the lead to three
- Improved their record
- Grabbed four rebounds
- Dished out four assists
- Sank both free throws
- Guns for 2nd berth
- 1-2-2 defense
- Whole court pressure
- Triangle offense
- Fake and roll offense
- Finger Roll
- 2nd Board
- Perimeter Area
- Towering Defense
- Arrow Decision
- Back Court Reliever
Sports Lingo and Crutches
Wallop set double block
Tosser over-reaching back ball
Spider block booming service
Backliner switch unretaliated spike
Net placing crossing wall blocks
2 out of 3 back liner spike like fireballs
Volleyball belles Court Liners Anticipated spike
Chinese kill Touching Stopper
Winning Score: 25 points Score must be in a 2 pt. gap
Racket overhead shots slicing
shuttle cock clear offensive lob shot
fault-score rule drop shot winning score: 15
smash deceptive shots 2 out of 3 sets
doubles fast drop shuttlers
deceptive shot - any action taken by a player that causes the opponent to be uncertain of his next move.