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
Readings 2, Lecture, Quiz 2
PBP lab + NGS quiz 2 (baseball and capitalization)
PBP lecture and Activity 4
(Led) Athens Academy baseball vs Monroe Area
(Suggs) Morgan County HS baseball vs Apalachee
(Finlay) Athens Christian School baseball vs Clarke Central
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chapter 2; review “key plays” section
Review AP stylebook baseball section
(print out several copies for class/field assignments)
Quiz 2: Monday, Feb. 8
Discussion (Feb. 9 class)
What makes a play-by-play
Comparing to past performances
Good and bad social media (Drive Summary)
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)
Lecture 2: Play-by-Play ー The Stand Up
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)
Monroe at Athens Academy HS baseball, 1281 Spartan Lane, Athens 30606.
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.
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.
Arrive 5pm. BRING A CAMP CHAIR OR MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BORROW.
Clarke Central at Athens Christian HS, 1270 U.S. 29 North
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.
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.
Keep play-by-play on your scorecard and turn in by taking pictures at game’s end.
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.