The nature of the game makes baseball the most difficult sport to broadcast. Learn how to master the art of play-by-play for America’s pastime.

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Keys to Elite Baseball Play-by-play

Discover the key fundamentals to great baseball broadcasting and learn advanced techniques for setting yourself apart in one of the most competitive genres of sports broadcasting.

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STAA Play-by-Play Pyramid

Use the STAA Play-by-Play Pyramid to build your baseball broadcasts from the foundation up or use the pyramid as a self-critique guide.

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Keys to Elite Baseball Play-by-Play

You’ll be reminded about the key fundamentals to great baseball broadcasting, and learn advanced techniques for setting yourself apart in one of the most competitive genres of sports broadcasting. You’ll also hear samples demonstrating how to best execute these techniques.

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Group Critique 20: September 2018

An all-radio edition featuring critiques of baseball play-by-play and sports talk show hosting.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A great habit to develop to be sure you don’t go too long without time and score.
  • Something a solo host can use to bring outside opinions to their show.
  • The one thing you must do within the first 30 seconds of a sports talk segment.
  • An easy technique for giving your sports talk audience something they can’t get anywhere else.

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Group Critique 19: August 2018

The final Group Critique for the summer of 2018 features radio and TV baseball play-by-play, with a solitary football radio clip to get you ready for the upcoming season.

What you’ll learn:

  • Ideas for baseball description beyond game mechanics
  • Why top level employers might think you didn’t prep enough for a football broadcast
  • An example of consistently weaving storylines into baseball PBP
  • Suggestions for coaching up your TV analyst
  • Are you falling into the single-camera webcast trap?

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Group Critique 18: June 2018

This month’s all-radio edition features critiques of baseball, softball, and basketball play-by-play.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Tips for figuring out pitch types
  • How softball PBP is harder than baseball (and how to make description work anyway)
  • An analysis of ideal points to let it breathe after a home run
  • Why you need to vary your tempo during PBP

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Group Critique 15: December 2017

The final critique session of the year features a good helping of football play-by-play with a sprinkling of baseball, basketball, and sports talk.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The first info you need to give after a catch in football
  • Where to begin your sports talk demo
  • An example of how to reset the stakes during basketball play-by-play

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Group Critique 13: August 2017

This month our Group Critique includes radio and TV demos. Under radio we have plenty of baseball PBP, football PBP, and an interview. On the TV side Jon reviews basketball and baseball play-by-play.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The question you must answer to turn your broadcast into a story
  • One thing to track in football PBP
  • How often to reset an interview guest
  • How long to your questions should be during an interview
  • A good example of providing captions in TV PBP

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Group Critique 10: Winter 2017

The first Group Critique of 2017 packs a punch with plenty of radio and TV critiques. The radio session covers sports talk, football, basketball and baseball play-by-play. For the TV crowd Jon reviews hockey, a sports anchor/reporter reel, soccer and basketball.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why you need to structure your post game show
  • How to add clarity when you give the time and score
  • What to do if you feel like you need to speak faster in basketball PBP
  • An illustration of PBP character development
  • Aiming for the bigs? Discover why you need to add pitch type and location to your PBP
  • A great example of voice control in hockey PBP
  • The facial expression you must use as a sports TV anchor/reporter

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Group Critique 8: Summer 2016

The summer quarter group critique features play-by-play, sports talk, and an interview assessment. PBP critiques include baseball, basketball, and football.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why you need to include actualities during your sports talk show
  • The point when you should always be giving the time and score during basketball PBP
  • How to listen for “announcer voice”
  • A great example of basketball PBP that includes extensive vocabulary
  • What you might be doing too much of when conducting an interview

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Group Critique 7: Spring 2016

The spring quarter group critique will help you grow with evaluations of play-by-play and sports talk. PBP evaluations include basketball, baseball, and football.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A great example of conveying drama in baseball PBP
  • How long you have to catch a listener’s attention in sports talk
  • A crucial editing tip for demos (PBP or sports talk)
  • When to reference the shot clock
  • Why you need to include uncut segments on your demo

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