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Covering "special" sports

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Rhody31, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Got an e-mail from a reader today wondering why we haven't covered Unified Basketball.
    For those who don't know, it's a varsity basketball league where three special needs kids team up with two normal kids. The normal kids can only score like 20 percent of the total points for the team. It's pretty cool and it's a whole lot of fun for everyone. They have games and they have a championship tournament at the end of the year, which is great.
    However, I have no idea how to go about covering this. The reader asked why we don't cover it on a regular basis, like we would a baseball or softball team. The only answer I can come up with is I don't feel comfortable doing that because if we did, we can't ignore the obvious, like when team's get crushed and writing a story about how they got blown out and why that happened.
    Is this the type of league where we should just do a feature a season and get it over with? Or do we give the parents what they want and cover them like they're a normal varsity team.
  2. GidalKaiser

    GidalKaiser Member

    I'd do a feature on it to put it to bed. That way, all parties are relatively happy.
  3. Cubbiebum

    Cubbiebum Member

    You say it's a varsity sport. Does that mean it is an official school sport? I don't know any state athletic associations that have sports like this included. I'm guessing it is either a club sport or not school endorsed at all. In that case it is a yearly feature and that's it. Basically, the JV rules apply. You cover one club or rec sport you have to cover them all type thing.

    That and I doubt your readers care to read about every game.
  4. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    The RIIL made it a varsity sport and there's fewer than 20 schools in the state (we have like 45 schools in RI) that have it as a sport.
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    1. Jimmy Buffett has two Ts in his last name. /pet peeve

    2. Feature is the way to go on this.

    3. The RIIL sanctions Renaissance Games!?! WTF is that?
  6. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Agree with #2, and as far as #3 goes, I'm not sure how many schools actually participate. I know when I was at one of the southern schools as a student in the early 2000s, they thought about adding it, but never went through with it.
  7. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    You have no idea how inept the RIIL is. Seriously. We have four divisions for football with 44 teams. Need I say more?
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Gotta agree. Definitely feature. Doesn't sound like a candidate for regular coverage yet, but maybe it'll encourage folks to call in?
  9. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Even if it is sanctioned, it doesn't mean you have to cover games. Do you run every Special Olympics event or every youth result?

    The story would make a good feature, though.
  10. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    But what are Renaissance Games? Is it like a Renaissance festival with sports?
  11. OnTheWire

    OnTheWire New Member

    Minnesota, for example, sanctions adaptive bowling, soccer, softball and floor hockey.
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Definitely a feature. I'd like to know how they enforce/track that 20 percent rule.
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