Sportswriting is punchy and informal. Writing about Gordon Athletics should use brief, direct paragraphs. Put important information first in headlines and keep them short. Minimize sports jargon, so a general reader can understand everything posted on Gordon's website or published in print.
Writers should consult the Associated Press Stylebook about sports-specific issues such as how to spell and hyphenate sports terms, or format numerical data such as scores, seeding and standings. For guidance about general points of grammar and usage, consult other sections of this style guide and the online Chicago Manual of Style.
Gordon Athletics is the name of the department that oversees athletics at Gordon College.
Don't call it the Gordon Athletic Department, the Gordon Department of Athletics, or use
the word sports to describe it.
Use athletics or sports to refer in general to the activities overseen by this department.
Spell out the name of a league or organization on first reference and follow it with the acronym in parentheses, with no comma between them. In subsequent references use the acronym. If there will be no second reference, omit the acronym.
Use the same style to introduce sports acronyms some readers might not understand.
Some sports acronyms are so widely recognized they can be used without first spelling out the words they represent.
NFL NBA NCAA PGA RBI MVP
Refer to Gordon College's athletic facilities by the names below on first reference. Thereafter, the less formal names in parentheses can be used.
the Bennett Athletic and Recreation Center (the Bennett Center; Bennett)
Bennett Gymnasium (the gym)
the Bennett Pool (the pool)
Brigham Athletic Complex ( Brigham; the turf field; the lacrosse and field hockey fields)
the Brigham Tennis Court
the Brigham Track (Brigham track and field facility)
Harmeling Physical Therapy (Harmeling; the training room)
the Quad (the soccer fields)
the Softball Field (the softball field behind Bennett)
J. Tec White Field (the baseball field, the baseball field by Wilson House)
Use the styles below.
Measurements are recorded differently for different athletic events. For guidelines about issues not detailed here, consult the Associated Press Stylebook; copies are available at the Gordon Athletics office in the Bennett Center, and the College Communications office in Frost Hall.
Always use numerals. For College communications, separate them with an en dash.
In writing that will be sent to off-campus news outlets, separate them with a hyphen (AP style).
College style: 5–4 Off-campus media style: 5-4
five to four
Use decimal numbers for track and swimming times.
Use metric measurements (with decimal fractions) to report distance in non-running field events such as the broad jump. (Consult the AP Stylebook for details.)
Swimming distances can be reported both in yards, and in meters. For Gordon communications, the rule of thumb is to use meters.
In lists, use this abbreviation for meters: m
In sentences, spell it out.
Use ordinal numbers, and superscript the letters.
first place finisher 1st place finisher came in 2nd 10th
Use words to express numerical sequence in all other cases.
Burnett was the seventh team member this year to score 20 points in a single game.
Use this style: no. 3 seed
Spell and punctuate as shown below.
Division I, II, III (do not abbreviate)
field goal (noun); field-goal (adj., as in field-goal percentage)
Highlander Club (never booster club)
off season (noun) / off-season (adj.)
on the day, on the season (to express overall)
third-ranked (and second-ranked, fourth-ranked, et al.)
Track & Field
two-hour game (and three-hour game, four-hour meet, et al.)
When writing about a student athlete for College communications, identify the student by full name and class year. In second references in news stories and formal writing, refer to the student by last name only. However, this is flexible; it is fine to refer to students by first name if that better suits the tone of a feature article.
Because of NCAA and conference reporting requirements, Gordon Athletics style varies from standard College style in news releases, rosters and a range of other materials. Articles may specify an athlete's hometown (with state abbreviated, using the traditional state abbreviations that include periods) and identify the student's class year as first-year (abbreviate as FY), sophomore, junior or senior. Do not use freshman.
For College communications:
Irene MacColl '16 Dillon Coleman '13
Dillon Coleman, a senior from Cromwell, Connecticut, could hold a bat before he could walk.
For Gordon Athletics news release:
Irene MacColl (FY/Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) Dillon Coleman (Sr./Cromwell, Conn.)
Dillon Coleman, a senior from Cromwell, Conn., could hold a bat before he could walk.
Refer to female Gordon College student athletes as women.
Refer to Gordon College teams by their official capitalized names (scroll down). These can stand alone, or be combined with lowercased words to create phrases such as the Men's Basketball team.
Subsequent references can
The nickname Lady Scots is no longer used.
When a team name includes an ampersand, don't substitute and.
INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS TEAMS
Women's Cross Country
Men's Cross Country
Ice Hockey Club
Gordon College Rowing
Rock Climbing Club
Capitalize Coach or Assistant Coach before a name (and any other major words in the coach's official job title if you wish to state it in full). Lowercase them when they follow a name. On subsequent references, it is fine to use the person's last name only, or to refer to the individual by title and last name. As a rule, Gordon communications do not include degrees after coaches' names.
Never refer to an individual simply as Coach.
Coach Peter Amadon Peter Amadon, tennis coach Amadon