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Guidelines For AYSO Select Game Coverage In The Davis Enterprise

Select teams can submit information for publication in The Davis Enterprise if you follow the guidelines listed below:


Stories should be submitted by noon on the Monday after the game or tournament being reported.  Stories should be submitted to  

Length and Organization of Stories

The typical published story is 2-3 paragraphs per team.

The lead paragraph should include the name and age group of the team. Game stories should lead with the most important plays, and tournament stories should lead with the most important games, rather than simply reporting all games or events in chronological order. For example, if your team wins the tournament, describe the championship game in the first paragraph.

When describing any specific game, be sure to identify the opponent.

Do not try to get every player’s name into every story. Focus on the players who scored the goals or made the most important passes or defensive plays.

Be sure to include the first and last name of every player who is identified, and spell all names correctly. The newspaper will print names as they are reported.

Style Of Reporting

If you don’t want to have your submission completely rewritten by the newspaper, look at the published AYSO summaries and see how the published summaries are written and organized. For example, the lead paragraph always contains certain information: the team, its opponent or tournament, the day or days of the game or tournament, the highlighted result, and perhaps a fact that is central to the highlighted result, as follows:

“Jane Doe scored on a penalty kick in the final minute of play to lift the Davis Fuego (U-12 girls) to a 1-0 victory over Concord United on Saturday, running the Fuego's Select Season winning streak to five games.”

In general, begin with what you think is most important, and stick to the facts.