What is the proper etiquette when a sports reporter interviews a player after a game?


Being a "should" question makes this difficult to answer, but I'll try.

The superstition by the players actually has some basis in reality. The idea is to not inflate the event in the pitchers mind. It's doubtful, but at many points throughout the game the pitcher may not even be aware of a perfect game or no hitter is in progress. In any event, the idea that you could jinx it actually helps keep an atmosphere of normality around a pitcher who simply has a job to do.

Announcers and fans have no reason to abide by this superstition because the pitcher and other players should be largely unaware of what they are saying. In practice, many fans will openly talk about a no-hitter or perfect game while it's in progress (I've witnessed both at Kenny Rogers perfect game against the Angels in Arlington) and networks will often "cut in" to a game in progress while a perfect game is alive in the late innings. I've yet to see any restrictive etiquette around a broadcasters...

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Interview scheduled? Whether you’re looking for your first job or you’re a seasoned professional, it never hurts to brush up on these basics. Follow these rules for making all the right moves before, during, and after the interview, and you're sure to shine.

1. Rehearse

There are several questions that you’re pretty much guaranteed to be asked during an interview: “Why do you want to work for this company?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?”—to name a few. So be prepared with insightful answers for these classics, plus be familiar with other interview questions typically asked in your field, too. Practice looking in the mirror and answering the questions out loud. This prep work will help you clarify your thoughts and make you much more comfortable during the interview.

2. Do Your Research

At minimum, review the company’s website and Google its key players. Find out who...

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Your academic knowledge and skills may be spectacular, but do you have the social skills needed to be successful in the workplace? Good professional etiquette indicates to potential employers that you are a mature, responsible adult who can aptly represent their company. Not knowing proper etiquette could damage your image, prevent you from getting a job and jeopardize personal and business relationships.

Meeting and Greeting

Etiquette begins with meeting and greeting. Terry Cobb, human resource director at Wachovia Corporation in South Carolina’s Palmetto region, emphasizes the importance of making a good first impression—beginning with the handshake. A firm shake, he says, indicates to employers that you’re confident and assertive. A limp handshake, on the other hand, sends the message that you’re not interested or qualified for the job. Dave Owenby, human resources manager for North and South Carolina at Sherwin Williams, believes, “Good social skills include...

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With the playoffs approaching, and the NFL Network holding a monopoly on Thursday night games you'll likely find yourself watching more games in public this December. I kept thinking about this fact as I sat there at my local sports bar last Sunday, watching a man in his mid-twenties devolve into an actual jackass, braying at the television, kicking tables when he didn't like a call, and pulling a tiny wagon around the bar.

For the 1 o'clock game, The Jackass proudly wore his Eli Manning Giants jersey, an "official" Giants Super Bowl baseball cap, and ran around the sports bar with his Blackberry, rattling off updates from his multiple fantasy teams for everyone to hear. When Ravens defender Jim Leonhard returned an interception for a meaningless touchdown in the Baltimore-Cincinnati game, the whole bar knew. After all, this guy had the Ravens defense starting in his "keeper league."

When the 4 o'clock games started, The...

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Cultivate and indulge your natural love of sports and especially for a sport you particularly enjoy. Get into arguments with sports fans, watch movies about favorite sports and athletes, read as many books and periodicals as you can about sports, and study both sports history and current games. Study anthologies of great sports journalism and make mental notes of reportorial techniques.

Develop the habit of checking sports statistics, reviewing the biographies of players as they stride out onto the field, and comparing today's game to previous games by a player or team. Keep a sports almanac. Have the Internet at the ready to help build and refresh the background knowledge you'd like to have on tap when you write a sports report.

When watching a game you want to report on, look for highlights, turning points, stunning highs or lows, unexpected reversals. Note especially exciting or revealing incidents: the impossible catch, the fumble at the one-yard line, grace...

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Many players take the trip to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii as a bit of vacation from the brutal NFL schedule that they just finished. There’s sun. There’s tourist attractions. And for DeAngelo Williams, who is not playing in the game but is in Hawaii as part of a promotion for USAA, it’s a break for his cell phone data plan.

The Steelers running back is a member of at least 12 different text message chain groups he said — chains that include players around the NFL, the Steelers’ offensive line, the tight ends, Steelers’ running backs and yes, some of his old Panthers’ teammates.

“I’m not sure if they’re active or not because I have so many going on,” he said of his usual Panthers’ group text group. “When I say not active, I’m not currently in it because I’m in Hawaii so I’m on a five hours time difference. The only one that’s active right now is the one I’m in with the o-line.”

On the text message chats with his old teammates come the predictable conversations:...

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So you impressed HR with your resume and landed an interview with the hiring manager and a few select employees. You met with the group, and you’re so confident in your performance that you’d be surprised if the company doesn’t erect statues depicting your glory.

But a few weeks have gone by and you haven’t heard a thing. What happened? You failed proper interview follow-up etiquette.

A recent survey of more than 500 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees revealed that 91 percent found it helpful for a promising job candidate to send a thank you note following an interview. While the communication vehicles for sending the note differed, the message is clear: following-up remains an essential step in the hiring process.

Following-up demonstrates that you’re interested in the position and the company for which you interviewed, and that you truly appreciate your interviewers taking time from their busy schedules to meet with you....

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Professional courtesy is a two-way street. Just because a recruiter is in a position to decide whether an applicant moves forward in the recruitment and selection process doesn’t absolve him of the responsibility to extend professional courtesy. However, thousands of postings from job seekers in public Internet forums lament the fact that recruiters and employment specialists fail to display proper etiquette following a job interview.

Interviewee's Role

Job seekers spend countless hours completing online applications, writing cover letters and tweaking their resumes when hunting for the ideal job. Many career counselors recommend that job seekers spend time researching companies and practicing for interviews, knowing that roughly one in 10 interviews will result in an offer of employment. Nevertheless, applicants seem to rarely witness recruiters and employment specialists investing the same amount of time in building a rapport with them unless they are...

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With so much attention being placed on online communication, whether it’s via email and social media, it seems that conversing with your actual voice is a lost art. However, answering the telephone is still a big part of the experience for many businesses.

Talking with someone effectively on the phone truly is an art form. It’s so much different from both talking to people online and in person. Online, you have the time to really devise a great answer and think about what you are going to speak about before you press “enter.”

And when you are talking to someone in the flesh, you can use your facial expressions and body language to better translate what you are trying to get across. But when you are talking on the phone, it’s all about your voice and the way you speak to them directly. That’s why having good manners on the phone is so important.

Whether you work in retail, a restaurant, or any other type of service industry, phone calls are still immensely...

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I can speak to athletics/track and field, the sport I sometimes cover.

Most events at a professional level and NCAA events at the national level require athletes to pass through a "mixed zone" after competition. This is (usually) a divided space with athletes on one side of a barrier and reporters on the other. This is where post-competition interviews happen.

At major international events (e.g. World Championships, Olympics) there are distinct sections of the mixed zone for TV, radio, and written media. This often means an athlete like Usain Bolt will have done multiple TV and radio interviews before arriving at the written press mixed zone. In cases like this the athlete is often removed to a press conference room to answer questions in a larger setting.

In smaller meets, it's up to the reporter to buttonhole the athlete they want to speak to, although there is often a meet media manager on hand to make sure reporters speak to the athletes they want. There...

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I am midway through a season of indoor cricket having put together, organised and captained a new team at the start of this season. Initially it was a struggle getting enough players together to be able to enter a team and we played undermanned for the first few games which in any 6 a side sport, especially indoor cricket, is a huge disadvantage and can be quiet demoralising.

This is a social comp/team and everyone has work and family commitments that make them unavailable from time to time, some more than others.

Originally I told everyone that I'd try and share the games around so that if we had more players than needed available on a given week, the player who had played less games would get a go. However we are now in the situation in which the players who have played more games are the ones who have been with the team "through thick and thin" having to cope with playing undermanned, which also costs them money since the indoor centre charges a flat rate per team...

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Whether for the school newsletter or local media, it can be difficult to get good answers to interview questions from kid athletes. Depending upon the age of the child or where and when the interview takes place, the young athlete might become easily distracted. Youngsters often don't like to elaborate, and they tend to prefer to give short, one-word answers. Extra care must be taken to design questions that will elicit a full response. It's also important to remember that a 10-year-old Little Leaguer is less able to formulate answers than a 16-year-old tearing up the high school baseball championships. Your questions should tailored for the age of the athlete and touch upon areas that will make the child excited and willing to talk.

Inspirations and Aspirations

Most kids like to talk about the heroes they look up to. Ask who are their sports heroes and what they admire most about them. Get them talking about their coaches. What do all good coaches have in common?...

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By Debby Mayne

Updated September 30, 2016.

Have you ever been to a game where people yelled obscenities at the players or referees? Have you ever seen parents belittle other people's children for making a bad play? Letting negative emotions and outbursts steal everyone else's enjoyment can get these people kicked out of the game ... or worse, cause a fight in the bleachers.

Good sportsmanship doesn’t end at the edge of the field or court. It continues into the bleachers filled with spectators who are most likely cheering for a favorite team or player. Whether you’re there to watch a professional team or your child’s Little League game, following proper etiquette will make the experience much more enjoyable for everyone there.

Parking Lot

When you first arrive, park in a legal spot. Whether your team wins or loses will be a moot point if your car has been towed during the game. Avoid taking more than one space, or you come back to find that...

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Because media interviews may be a new area of responsibility for many student-athletes, the following tips may help you to know your rights and responsibilities when dealing with the media.

View the media as friends, not adversaries. Organize your thoughts before a scheduled interview. Often a comment that seems innocent looks different when reported in the media.

Pause before speaking. While it is never wise to keep the media waiting for any extended period of time, an athlete has a right to pause before speaking. Practice saying, “I’d like to think for a moment before answering your question.” Do not feel obligated to answer every question. Not every question can or should be answered. Often, for whatever reason, an athlete has no answer to a question. Practice saying, “For some reason, I can’t come up with an answer to your question.” In the face of loaded and unclear questions that fail to provide fair options, the athlete has a right not to answer. Practice...
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If the term is unknown to you, ‘Gaming Etiquette’ is the collective term for the unwritten social norms and rules that players follow within the world of video games, when interacting with others. Said etiquette exists to ensure that each player’s experience is easy-going and enjoyable. It is supposed to prevent people from playing in a way that is a detriment to others around them. It is supposed to be a guide for people to follow, simply to make playing with others more fun and less messy.

What gaming etiquette exists to do is, unfortunately, not always what it achieves. There are a few reasons why this is so, and these are usually caused by certain kinds of players. One such type is the newbie, the player who hasn’t been around long enough to have had time to adjust and learn the etiquette. Dave Cook from VG24/7’s own example of gaming etiquette that he experiences regularly “… as a big CoD fan is people on your team not stealing your care packages. You just don’t do it....

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Pioneering women broke the gender barrier in sports coverage, says Jenni Carlson She says interviewing athletes in locker rooms is vital to the job Much progress has been made but some reporters still face harassment, she says

Editor's note: Jenni Carlson is the chair of the board of the Association for Women in Sports Media and a sports columnist at The Oklahoman. In 1999, she became the first woman to write a general-interest sports column in the newspaper's history.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (CNN) -- Anytime anyone learns that I'm a sports columnist, one of two questions is sure to follow.

It's either "What's it like to be a female sports writer?" or "Do you go in the locker room?"

The first one is tricky to answer.

The second one is not: "Yes, and it stinks."

Locker rooms are smelly places. They are dank. They are damp. They are really not fun places to be inside.

But you know what? That's where the athletes and...

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By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina Martin By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina Martin

Dear Miss Manners: I find helpful, tactful solutions in your column almost without exception. So, it is difficult to overcome a feeling of insubordination to ask you to consider an adjustment to the following social habit.

You often suggest the preface “I’m sorry...

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If you're thinking about starting a bar crawl, it might be a good idea to brush up on your bar etiquette.

Here are what I consider to be the 10 most important protocols for you to adopt. As a guy who has been frequenting bars for more than 40 years, and working behind them for almost that long, I can tell you that I've thought about this pretty thoroughly.

Disclaimer: If I use "him/her," you'll get very tired of seeing it, so I'm sticking to female bartenders throughout, as is my wont. OK?

Which brings me to my one additional word to the wise: What's the difference between God and a bartender? God doesn't think she's a bartender.

Remember that when you go out drinking. It will stand you in good stead.

1 Case the joint: When you walk into any bar, take a minute - it shouldn't take much more - to look around, see how busy the bartender is, and watch how the other customers interact with her. This will give you a feel for the woman behind the stick,...

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Sample Interview Questions

1.What is your philosophy of coaching and its relationship to education?

2. How do you deal with multiple sport athletes?

3. How do you plan to communicate your plans and expectations to parents?

4.What do you believe is the proper role of parents in any athletic program?

5. How do you deal with players and parents about discipline issues either major or minor plus repeat offenses?

6. How do you deal with players and parents about concerns about playing time?

7. How do you deal with player commitments that impact missed basketball time?

8. What role do assistant coaches at all levels play in your program? Do you consider yourself a micro or macro manager?

9. How do you plan to organize youth feeder programs?

10. Do you plan on running youth basketball camp? How would it be organized? Describe a typical camp day.

11. What is the role of booster clubs in your...

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