Help wanted with JV, frosh news coverage
Based on recent questions, comments and complaints that have been streaming in, a few things need to be explained regarding coverage of junior varsity and freshman sports.
The Sierra Sun does not send reporters to cover JV and freshman sports. The primary reason: It’s not feasible.
That said, JV and freshman coaches are encouraged to send in ” via e-mail, ideally ” results, game summaries, etc. for their respective teams. If a coach is unable or unwilling to do so, a selected parent may. Another alternative is a simple phone call, although e-mail is preferred.
It’s the same routine used to get varsity sports in the paper when our sports staff of two ” which includes myself on the Truckee side and Alex Close on the North Tahoe side ” cannot attend a game.
As a twice-weekly paper prior to May 15, when the Sierra Sun switched to a daily format, I hounded coaches to get JV sports info in the paper. In some instances, it was the only way possible. And even then, the attempts were often unsuccessful.
But I’ve never blamed JV or freshman coaches, the majority of whom maintain busy schedules of their own outside the gracious work they do in support of their local high schools and athletes.
And it’s certainly not a concern with every sport, as many coaches submit the info consistently.
Now, with daily deadlines ” which happen to be in the late afternoon-early evening, when many teams play games, no less ” and 16 varsity sports to cover between Truckee and North Tahoe, there is no time for the hounding.
The time just doesn’t exist, thus it is more important than ever for coaches and parents to help give recognition to the young athletes in the community.
A comment I’ve heard a lot of late is that the JV and freshman players work just as hard as the varsity players.
This is absolutely true. I remember how hard I worked at that age.
I also remember my JV and freshman teams never receiving mention in the local newspaper. What little ink that paper gave prep sports was reserved for varsity.
That’s the case with every newspaper I’ve read, most of which have sports staffs that dwarf that of the Sierra Sun.
So know this: JV and freshman sports will appear in the Sports and Outdoors section if the info is provided. They will not, however, take precedence over their varsity counterparts.
Sylas Wright is the sports editor of the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Coaches: Submit Truckee game summaries to firstname.lastname@example.org and North Tahoe game summaries to email@example.com. Submissions must be received early in the day in order to get in the following day’s paper.
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