There is always so much going on in local minor sports. Often, local media don't have the capacity to report on every game for your sports team or organization.
Most local media outlets have few staff and they are not able to get out and cover every event in town. Some media are willing to accept submissions if they can't be there in person, so why not do it yourself?
Sending in stories about games from local soccer, fastball, football or hockey teams helps promote your sport and local players. Players get to feel like the stars they are as their best plays are reported, and you create a positive association for your organization (which can help with memberships and fundraising too).
For tips, check out Team Reporting 101. This was first created for all team managers and reporters of Sooke Minor Hockey and shared with Sooke Soccer Club. It has since been adapted to apply to all local team sports with examples from football, fastball, hockey, soccer and highschool basketball.
An important first step before starting team reporting is to check that your local newspaper accepts submitted content. It doesn't hurt to talk to the editor at the start of each season. Ask about their deadlines and who the main contact should be, then promote to team managers so they can recruit a team reporter.
If you can’t publish in the local newspaper, try your organization’s website or social media group to publish stories and images from the games.
Ensure your organization has a policy that allows publication and players (or their parents if they are minors) have consented to publication. Most local organizations have that policy, but if you are new to an organization, always check.
For more information, download or share Team Reporting 101 from the Free Guides and Templates section of this site: http://www.saseenos.com/free-guides-and-templates.html