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A FEW HINTS TO WRITING SPORTS REVIEWS
How To Write A Good Sports Review
Member Name: Mauri
How To Write A Good Sports Review
Date: 04/10/06, updated on 04/10/06 (451 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to do, relate personal experiences
Disadvantages: Care must be taken in presentation and content
Sports is not one of the most popular categories but that doesn’t mean that the standard required to obtain a crown is any less than other more popular categories, with this in mind certain golden rules have to be followed if you want to write an effective review.
1) Make it personal. We are not interested in what a brochure or advertising material has to say about the product/place/event we want to know what YOU thought of it from your own experiences.
2) Write in a way that people can easily understand, avoid making spelling mistakes and present the information clearly. Use paragraphs or split it into sections…that’s up to you but make it clear.
3) No padding. No waffle. It might be interesting to know the full history of the FA cup from it’s conception to the present day but that’s not something that should be covered in detail in one of these reviews. It might also be fun to describe in detail some great cup game that was played 20 years ago but is it really relevant?
4) A bit of technical advice…write your review in word or similar and then once you’re happy with all aspects of the review presentation, spelling etc and contents cut and paste it into Dooyoo. Any further edits (you always miss something) if needed can be done after it is posted.
Whenever you write a review in this or any other section bear these points in mind.
Now for specific advice about writing in the Sports category.
THE KEY TO SPORTING (reviewing) SUCCESS!
The category is divided into four main sections and each one deserves individual consideration.
SPORTING GEAR-“from sports shoes to swimsuits, from cricket pads to goalkeeper's gloves and more?”
You could start by describing what aspect of this product attracted you in the first place, was it
advertising, word of mouth, browsing in a shop, reputation of the brand?
Describe the product in some detail and state how often and what you used it for. You may ask what other use could I have for a swimsuit? Fair enough (if you do have ‘other’ uses I don’t want to know) but in the case of tennis shoes many people buy them for causal wear rather than actually playing tennis so knowing this is pertinent.
Does the item have a particular design feature that is worth mentioning?
It is tempting for people to buy something and then review it straight away but I would suggest for the review to be useful especially in this category is worth road testing the product for a few weeks/months before making a judgment. A pair of running shoes could fit perfectly and look great in the shop but after a few runs they could start coming apart at the seams, this would be useful to know! At any rate you should give an indication in the review how much experience you’ve had using the item, again this will be relevant.
Give you opinion on the ‘value for money’ aspect of the item too, remember that this will be effected by the purpose for which the time was intended. For instance even if you only pay a few quid for a pair of goalkeeping gloves they might not be up to the standard needed for a serious goalie who plays regularly and thus wouldn’t be particularly good value but for a mess about at the local park they might be fine. How does it compare to similar products on the market?
Most importantly mention any individual problems or niggles you’ve had with the item doesn’t matter how specific they are. For instance a pair of cricket pads might be offer very good protection and fit, they maybe easy to put on and might have been good value for money BUT you found that when you were playing the bottom of the pad rubbed against you ankle and made it sore while you were taking a run…Tell us!
Remember to also mention the availability of the product, does it come in many different fittings, is it easy to find in your high street sports shop or do you have to go to a specialist shop or online to get it.
SPORTING EQUIPMENT- “from treadmills to trampolines, from racquets to rowing machines and more?”
For sporting equipment the advice is similar to that above except you could also go in to a bit more detail of the design features of the equipment if this is a particular selling feature. For example is the material used to make the racquet etc, new innovative, special in some way? Explain a little of the theory behind it but beware of padding for the sake of it.
For electrical or more complex equipment mention if it needs regular maintenance etc.
SPORT EVENTS/TOURNAMENTS- “from Wimbledon to The Word Cup, from The Grand National to British Open Golf and more?”
This kind of review requires a slightly different approach more akin to writing a travel review.
You should start by giving details of how you came to be at the event. Was it easy to get tickets was it expensive? How did this affect your overall experience?
What was the venue like? What were the facilities (food, drink, toilets, seating) like? How helpful where the staff? How was the atmosphere? What was the idea behind the event and where does it rank amongst other similar events, this might be more relevant if describing some that might not be so well known. DID YOU ENJOY IT? Again remember to give plenty of personal experience as well as useful information.
SPORT LOCATIONS- “from gyms to golf courses, from sailing clubs to diving schools and more?”
This category can have little bit of crossover with the sport events category. For instance when describing the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium who do have to mention a little about the stadium as well as the competition but if the review is about the Stadium itself then concentrate of specific aspects like facilities, ease of access, transport links, location, design features, parking etc.
When reviewing a sports club/fitness centre or gym remember to mention membership details, facilities covered by membership (Pool, gym use, booking of courts, use of track access to instructors or coaches).
You have to remember, as with any product your opinion is only really useful the reader can put it into context. How often do you visit this location? How often do you use the facilities? If it’s a gym and you only use it in the middle of the afternoon during the week days you might find that the equipment is always available and that you have the virtual run of the place, whereas if you use the gym after work hours or at week end you might find huge wait to use the equipment and the place to be generally crowded… it’s important to know.
If you have a particular viewpoint, some form of disability or special need mention this, how does the location cater for you (this would also be true of the Sport Events category above)? How helpful was the staff in this respect.
One aspect that people sometimes forget to mention when describing a venue or sporting club is the people that attend. The type of people that frequent the club could make a huge difference to your opinion of the place. A gym could be geared towards specialist bodybuilders so someone just wanting to keep moderately fit working out once or twice a week might find this off putting etc. again if you were one of these bodybuilders your opinion of the place would be different so again put it into context.
Now I don’t pretend that you should include everything I’ve mentioned for every review. Take a little time to plan what you are going to say, be selective, use your own judgement and write down what you felt was relevant, be as honest as you can in conveying your experiences. Finally make sure you proofread it before posting it. Do all this and you can’t go far wrong!
I look forward to reading all your reviews!
Summary: A few rules of what to think about when writing a review in the sports categories
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