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Content Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing content to SportsEngine.com and the youth sports community. Before you write or submit an article for consideration, please read through the following information and guidelines to streamline the approval process.

General guidelines

  • All content must be original and complete before the submission deadline.

  • All submissions are subject to be edited for accuracy, clarity, quality, and length. 

  • Video may be included, however, it must not contain any pre-roll, interstitial, or post-roll advertisements

  • Feel free to include any royalty-free, self-created or SportsEngine approved charts, graphs, and images with your submission. Any image that SportEngine cannot verify rights for will be removed. 

  • References: If detailed attributions are necessary, please incorporate them into the text.

  • Editorial decisions to publish or not to publish content are made at the discretion of the SportsEngine and are based on factors including but not limited to: relevance to the industry, interest to readers, timeliness, and caliber of content.

  • SportsEngine may re-write titles, subtitles, and content to conform to our accepted style guide.

Guest posts (Sponsored content)

Guest posts are editorial in nature and must go through a journalist vetting process. They must be topical for the SportsEngine visitor and provide value to the reader from the post itself. They are designed to demonstrate knowledge, expertise, and authority in a given field. By giving a reader useful information you are earning their trust. When readers see you as a credible expert, it raises your visibility, helps you reach new clients, and increases new opportunities.

Writing a Guest Post

A great guest post is not about your business, your products, or your services. Guest posts should be valuable sources of information for visitors that place you in the position of an expert. What challenges or needs does the reader have that you can help them with through great content while also being associated with what you sell?

For example, if your company sells wearable technology for youth sports, a great guest post could discuss how wearable technology is helping youth athletes hone their skills.

Next, review other guest posts on SportsEngine.com and take note of style, tone, and layout. Here are a few great examples: Waivers and Releases: How Sports Clubs, and Summer Camps Should Prepare to Reopen, How Carpooling Can Keep You Sane This Season, or Keep Your Teeth Protected as You Return to Sport

Finally, don’t forget about your headline and subhead. You may have a great article, but if the visitor doesn’t get beyond the headline, you’ve lost your chance to position yourself as a leader in your space. Good headlines are succinct but descriptive; enticing, but not click-bait; and most of all, relevant. 

Sample Topics

  • How to Shoot Great Sports Photography
  • 5 Tips to Shooting Sports Video at Night
  • Shooting Video in Arena Light
  • How to create a highlights roll from sports footage
  • Best cameras for shooting sports video
  • Best location to shoot sports videos
  • How to pose teams for group photos
  • Video Formats Demystified
  • What is a static camera setup and why it's great for shooting sports video
  • Different Kinds of Cameras and their Benefits
  • "Bat Fitting: How to Use Swing Data to Find the Right Bat
  • Data Drives Success: Three Premium Metrics You Should Know
  • Attacking Bat Path Angle with John Peabody
  • Building Efficient Swings with Time to Contact
  • Baseball Swing Speed
  • The Science of (sport)
  • Tees and Tots: How Kids Can Benefit From Playing Golf
  • Top Performance Metrics to Measure for Athletes
  • 3 Reasons Why Your State Coaches Association Matters
  • Tips for a Positive Parent/Coach Partnership

What can I expect once I submit a guest post?

Once you submit your piece, our editorial team will review and make edits. This includes copy as well as titles and subheads. The goal of these edits is to make sure your piece resonates with our audience and positions you as an expert in your field. 

My guest post was accepted, now what?

The post will next appear on SportsEngine.com in the appropriate topical or sports section. It may also be included in any of our outbound communications such as our Inside Youth Sports newsletter or club administrator newsletter.

When posted on SportsEngine.com, the guest post will get a ‘Sponsor’ banner and you may provide a footer that references your products or services. You may also provide an inline banner ad (728x90) that we’ll include within the copy.

Copyright

When you submit content, you agree and represent that you have created this content, or you have received permission from, or are authorized by, the owner of any part of the content to publish it.

By submitting content, you are indicating that you are the sole owner of the content and/or have the authority with the right to edit, retitle, reprint and repurpose the content as the SportsEngine sees fit. You or the owner of the content still own the copyright to the content sent to the, but by submitting content to SportsEngine, you are granting us an unconditional, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully transferable, perpetual worldwide license to use, publish or transmit on any platform, either now known or hereinafter invented.

You warrant that the content you submit is not obscene, threatening, harassing, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, offensive, defamatory of any person or otherwise illegal. You warrant that the content you submit to does not infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other intellectual or proprietary or privacy right of any party or individual.

Censorship

As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to censor is “to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable.” SportsEngine neither condones censorship, nor knowingly engages in it. SportsEngine reserves the right to exercise its editorial judgment. Editorial decisions to publish or not to publish submitted content are made at the discretion of the SportsEngine Community Editor and are based on factors including but not limited to: relevance to the industry, interest to readers, timeliness and caliber of writing.

Plagiarism

As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to plagiarize is “to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own,” “use another’s production without crediting the source,” or “present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.” SportsEngine considers other forms of plagiarism to include “self-plagiarism”: instances in which an author borrows from his or her own previously published work without the proper citation within the newly submitted article. Plagiarism of content could in expulsion from the SportsEngine Marketplace

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