Chapter 3: Using play-by-play to tell the story

Gather up your pens, markers and notepads. It’s time to discuss taking play-by-play notes of the game that you are covering. You notes will have help you determine the key points in the game that you will want to focus on. The play-by-play notes will help you guide your questioning during the press conferences and with writing your stories. Prepare several sheets for your play-by-play when covering basketball and football. With baseball and softball you can use a standard scorecard. Put the visiting team on the left and home team on the right and you’re ready to start watching and reporting.

Play-by-play class and assignments
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Class
Chapter
Content
Date
Deadline 2
1
Homework
Play-by-play
Readings 2, Lecture, Quiz 2
2/8/2021
11:59 p.m.
2
Class 8
Play-by-play
PBP discussion
2/9/2021
3
Homework
Play-by-play
Activity 3
2/10/2021
11:59 p.m.
4
Class 9
Play-by-play
PBP lab + NGS quiz 2 (baseball and capitalization)
2/11/2021
5
Homework
Play-by-play
PBP lecture and Activity 4
2/15/2021
11:59 p.m.
6
Class 10
Play-by-play
PBP discussion
2/16/2021
7
Field Assignment
Play-by-play
(Led) Athens Academy baseball vs Monroe Area
2/17/2021
8
Field Assignment
Play-by-play
(Suggs) Morgan County HS baseball vs Apalachee
2/19/2021
9
Field Assignment
Play-by-play
(Finlay) Athens Christian School baseball vs Clarke Central
2/20/2021
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Readings

Gisondi
chapter 2; review “key plays” section
Baseball section
Review AP stylebook baseball section
(print out several copies for class/field assignments)

Lecture

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Quiz 2: Monday, Feb. 8

Discussion (Feb. 9 class)

What makes a play-by-play
Comparing to past performances
Play-by-play strategies
Good and bad social media (Drive Summary)

Activity 3

Watch an NBA game and keep play-by-play. Post a picture of your play-by-play sheet to the ch3_pbp_ channel for your instructor. In a comment on that picture, explain the key trend, run or play that you think determined the outcome of the game
Compose at least two tweets during the game noting important plays, streak or run. Hashtag #introsports21 and tag your instructor:
(if you type “#introsports21 @welchsuggs,” your tweet shows up in the Team Suggs Twitter channel on Slack. Same for Team Led and Team Finlay.)

Lab (Feb. 11 class)

Play-by-play practice

Lecture 2: Play-by-Play ー The Stand Up

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Activity 4

Watch an NBA or college basketball game (men’s or women’s). Keep PxP (but you won’t turn it in). At the end of the game, write a 45-60 second script for a standup explaining the key play that determined the outcome of the game. Record yourself and upload to YouTube or another file-sharing service and post a link to the ch3_pbp_standup channel for your instructor.

Standup Critique (Feb. 16 class)

Standup practice

Field assignment

Team Led:

Wednesday, Feb. 17
Monroe at Athens Academy HS baseball, 1281 Spartan Lane, Athens 30606.
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Arrive 5pm. The field is on your right as you drive in; find parking and set up along the left-field line. BRING A CAMP CHAIR OR MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BORROW.
First pitch: 5:30

Team Suggs:

Friday, Feb. 19
Apalachee at Morgan County HS baseball
1231 College Dr., Madison, Ga. Stadium is closer to Morgan County Elementary, near the intersection of the Madison Bypass and East Dr.
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Arrive 5pm. BRING A CAMP CHAIR OR MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BORROW.
First pitch: 5:30

Team Finlay:

Saturday, Feb. 20
Clarke Central at Athens Christian HS, 1270 U.S. 29 North
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Arrive 1:30pm. Follow signs to the right and park by the stadium; walk across track to first-base line. BRING A CAMP CHAIR OR MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BORROW.
First pitch: 2pm

Prep (your instructors will gather data from teams involved)

Who are the key players for each team and what have critical moments been?
Are there particular areas of the game at which either team excels?
Share this via DM before the game with your instructor the night before the game to which you’re assigned.

Play-by-play In-game

Keep play-by-play on your scorecard and turn in by taking pictures at game’s end.

Postgame

At the conclusion of the game, write a summary and submit pictures of your stat sheets. Then, write a short script describing how the key play(s) determined the game outcome.
Record and submit a video recap (45-60 seconds). Upload to YouTube and DM link, along with your script, to your instructor within 90 minutes of the game ending.

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