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Monday, November 13, 2006

5 things to do before every Basketball brodcast....

- With Basketball season less than a week away, I thought this would be a good topic to blog about. If anyone is thinking about announcing basketball games, here are some good tips.

1) Get the starters names ... Always do this before the game starts. By rule, both coaches are required to tell the scorekeeper who the starters are no later than 15 minutes prior to tipoff. Go down to the scorer's table and get the names. It makes pregame a lot easier.

2) Memorize the starters names and numbers... You should have every starters name memorized before you go on the air. Always have a roster in front of you just in case, but know the starters. Basketball is a quick moving sports. You won't have time to look down and check players numbers.

3) Know how to pronounce players names ... This is very important. Nothing is worse for a broadcaster than mispronouncing someone's name. We've all done it before, but if there's ever a name you're not sure of, ask someone. I announced a high school basketball game once, and I had to ask the cheerleaders to help me get the names right.

4) Get your stat-sheet ready ... Make your stat sheet before the game starts. Believe me, you won't be able to make a stat sheet, watch the game, and announce at the same time. All you need is a blank piece of paper. What stats should you keep? Points are an absolute must. Fouls and timeouts are very important too. Rebounds, steals, assists are opitional. It depends on how good your stat-keeping skills are.

5) Don't be bias! ... This is very tough to do, but in order to be a good broadcaster, it's a must. If you're announcing a Westminster game, then obviously you want the Titans to win. But don't be so bias as to influence your audiences thoughts. Be objective. Explain both sides.


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