Sports Writer's Checklist
A well-written sports story will either make you wish you'd been there or be glad you were!
- Is a championship at stake?
- Effect of the result on the all-time records of the contestants
- Effect of the results of the season's records on the contestants
- Are the contestants old rivals?
- Are they resuming relations after a long period?
- Will the outcome suggest either contestant's probable strength against future opponents?
- Relative weight and experience of contestants
- Ability as demonstrated against other opponents, especially common ones.
- Improvement during the season
- New plays, tactics, etc.
- New players, return of the injured players, strength of substitutes, etc.
- Former contests between the two contestants
- Weather conditions favorable to either contestant
- Lack of practice, injuries and other handicaps
- Tradition of not being able to win away from home
- Recent record, slumps, etc.
How victory was won
- The winning play, if score was close
- The style of play of both winner and loser
- Costly errors and mistakes of judgment
- Spurts that overcame opponent's lead
- How each score was made
- Spectacular team or individual efforts, etc.
- The results of "hunches."
- Penalties, fouls, etc.
- Disputed decisions of umpires or referees
Individual records, stars, etc.
- Records broken
- High scores
- Players who delivered in pinches
- Player not up to usual form
- How seriously was the player injured?
- Is this a common injury in this sport?
- What's the long-term prognosis? Will this affect the player's future is college athletics?
- Follow-up and related stories about sports rehabilitation and injury prevention for weekend athletes.
- Size of crowd
- a yearly event?
- enthusiasm, riots, demonstrations, etc.
- Condition of track or playing field
- Effect of heat (ha!) or cold
- Effect of sun on fielders
- Which side was affected more? Why?
- Delays because of rain?
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