About YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy

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“The YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy has been a blessing in my life. The students in my class are from all over the country. Although we come from different corners of the US and live thousands of miles from one another, it seems as if we live five minutes from each other. I talk to my classmates outside of the classroom via email and text. We have all become very good friends and it's been so reassuring.”

Chloe Craig, Graduate, YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy, Orlando, FL

Academy Objectives and Information:


The YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy is a prestigious, 13-week national training program for high school students and recent high school graduates. Classes are taught in a live and interactive web-based teaching platform. Our faculty members are seasoned sports broadcasting professionals with real-world experience.


Through a distance, web-based live curriculum and hands-on experience, our mission is “To provide unparalleled, live small classroom sportscasting instruction, life, communication and business skills training benefitting high school students and recent high school graduates throughout their lives, whether they choose a career in sportscasting or elsewhere.”


The YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy experience is an extra-curricular activity. All candidates submitting applications understand that acceptance into the Academy is offered purely for personal development and enrichment purposes by those pursuing a passion in sportscasting as a career. This educational experience is not intended to offer high school or college credit nor is it intended to prepare students for employment immediately upon completion of the Academy. Future employment opportunities will require advanced education, internships and/or volunteer experience.

Before committing someday to a broadcasting college investing tens of thousands of dollars only to find out that the student wants to change majors or even worse, drop out of college with enormous educational debt…check out the YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy! We provide this opportunity early on to help our students determine if the sportscasting field if really for them.


Conducted two hours per week, students learn the general knowledge and fundamentals of sports television and radio broadcasting. Each session is a live interactive online classroom lead by the instructor. The faculty/student ratio is a maximum of 10:1. Students who miss the live class have access of an archived online replay at their convenience…as often as they want.


• Is serious about his or her future
• Knows it’s not too early to start planning for a career
• Is focused, respectful, organized, ambitious, confident, responsible and disciplined
• Wants a competitive edge over his or her peers
• Has a supportive parent(s)
• Is a good student
• Is passionate and enthusiastic
• Not afraid of failure
• Knows only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
• Students with disabilties are highly encouraged to apply


1. Extra-curricular activity
2. 13 weeks - 2 hours per week
3. Online (comfort and convenience from home)
4. Live and interactive communication with your instructor and fellow students from all over the U.S. during each class
5. Small class size - faculty/teacher ratio 10:1
6. One-on-one coaching and sportscasting critiques by instructor via email and phone
7. Access to archived class material between classes
8. Faculty - professional sportscasters
9. Training developed by professional sportscasters for young aspiring sportscasters
10. Regular guests speakers - begin to establish relationships and contacts throughout the U.S. with professionals within the highest levels of the sportscasting industry from
11. Build confidence, poise, and composure and develop public speaking skills regardless of career choice
12. Community of learners - interaction and practice with classmates anytime/anywhere
13. Online educational experience (future of education)
14. Proves to future college admissions committees and future employers that you have invested early in a career path
15. Start sportscasting career now…before college
16. Competitive edge over peers also interested in a career in sportscasting


“I have become better at public speaking and delivering sports reports. I feel that the skills learned through the YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy can help anyone, whether or not they hope to become a sports broadcaster or a sports journalist.”

Ben Castaneda, Graduate, YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy, Orlando, FL

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What kind of job can I get someday in the sports broadcasting field?

A. There are all kinds of sports broadcasting careers from the majors down to the high school level.

Here are just some of the possibilities:

• Sports Radio

Sports radio (or sports talk radio) is a radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcasting of sporting events. A popular format with an almost exclusively male demographic in most areas, sports radio is characterized by an often-boisterous on-air style and extensive debate and analysis by both hosts and callers; political commentary is rare]. Many sports talk stations also carry play-by-play of local sports teams as part of their regular programming.

• Sports Anchor

In sports broadcasting, a commentator gives a running commentary of a game or event in real time, usually during a live broadcast. The comments are normally a voiceover, with the sounds of the action and spectators also heard in the background. In the case of television commentary, the commentator is on screen rarely if at all. In North American English, other general terms for a commentator are announcer, presenter, or sportscaster. ("Sportscaster" may also refer to a newscaster covering sports news.) In British broadcasting, the presenter of a sports broadcast is usually distinct from the commentator, and often based in a remote broadcast television studio away from the sports venue. Often, the main commentator (called a play-by-play in North America) is assisted by a color commentator, and sometimes a sideline reporter.

• Sports Talk Show Host

A talk show (American and Australian English) or chat show (British) is a television program or radio program where one person (or group of people) discuss various topics put forth by a talk show host.]
Sometimes, talk shows feature a panel of guests, usually consisting of a group of people who are learned or who have great experience in relation to whatever issue is being discussed on the show for that episode. Other times, a single guest discusses their work or area of expertise with a host or co-hosts. A call-in show takes live phone calls from callers listening at home, in their cars, etc.

• Sports Analyst

In sports broadcasting, a sports analyst provides expert discussion of sports-related topics before, during or after a sporting event. Sports analysts are frequently former athletes who participated in the sport being analyzed. A sports analyst is different from a sports commentator in that sports commentators provide a running commentary regarding a sporting event while the event is taking place, whereas sports analysts usually provide commentary about sporting events which have yet to take place or which have already concluded. The job of the color commentator is a hybrid of the two styles, providing expert analysis of a sporting event while the sporting event is taking place.

• Stadium Announcer

Public address announcers for sports teams do more than just introduce the players; they set the tone inside the stadium. Check out these tips on how to use your voice to get the game going.

You Will Need:

• Preparation
• Pencil and paper
• Clarity
• Personal style
• Humility
• Visiting team's announcer (optional)

Step 1: Do your homework

Before the game, learn the terms and rules of the sport to ensure you provide the crowd with accurate information. Write down phonetic pronunciations for players’ names so you can pronounce them correctly on the fly.
Ask the visiting team’s play-by-play announcer for help pronouncing difficult names.

Step 2: Focus on clarity

Talk slowly and enunciate carefully to help your words cut through the crowd noise and echo of the stadium’s P.A. system.

Step 3: Tighten up

Speak as concisely as possible and don’t try to entertain the audience — your job is to announce the players and be the voice of the team, not distract from the game.
Stay focused on the game to avoid getting derailed by quick changes on the field.

Step 4: Give it some style

Engage the crowd with alliterative phrases, lyrical names, and other linguistic nuances. Bring some personal style to your announcing by using a signature line.

Step 5: Be respectful

Show respect for visiting teams. You’re not a cheerleader — you’re an ambassador for the stadium, your hometown, and the sport itself. Remember: the best announcers keep the focus on the field as they enjoy a special perk — watching their favorite games for free.

• Press Box

The press box is a special section of a sports stadium or arena that is set up for the media to report about a given event. It is typically located in the section of the stadium holding the luxury box. In general, newspaper writers sit in this box and write about the on-field event as it unfolds. Television and radio announcers broadcast from the press box as well.
The press box is considered to be a working area, and writers, broadcasters, and other visitors to press boxes are constantly reminded of this fact at sporting events. Cheering is strictly forbidden in press boxes, and anyone violating rules against showing favoritism for either team is subject to ejection from the press box by security personnel. The rule against cheering is generally enforced only in the writers' area of the press box, as broadcasters are usually employed by one of the teams involved.

A "scratched" or injured player can be said to be "watching from the press box".

• Sports Producer

The sports producer controls a televised sporting event is the way the game is broadcast by the announcers.
Networks increasingly look outside of their own walls for new talent with both experience and education. The best college degrees to prepare to become a sports producer are usually journalism, communications, and marketing. Much of what a producer does involves selling the show, both to viewers and to higher executives.

• Sideline Sports Reporter

A sideline reporter, also known as a field reporter, courtside reporter (in basketball), clubhouse reporter or dugout reporter (in baseball), rinkside reporter or inside-the-glass reporter (in ice hockey), on-court reporter (in tennis), hole reporter (in golf), or boundary rider (in Australian rules football), is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists with additional coverage away from the broadcasting booth or (in basketball) press row. Often the sideline reporter makes special updates on injuries and conducts interviews, since the play-by-play broadcaster and color commentator must remain in their main broadcast position.

In auto racing broadcasts, a pit reporter delivers updates from the pit area. In horse racing, it's called a trackside reporter, paddock reporter, winner's circle reporter, on-track reporter, horse-back riding reporter, simulcast reporter, grandstand reporter or in-house reporter.

• Internet Radio Broadcasting

Radio broadcasting is a one-way wireless transmission over radio waves intended to reach a wide audience. Stations can be linked in radio networks to broadcast a common radio format, either in broadcast syndication or simulcast or both. Audio broadcasting also can be done via cable radio, local wire television networks, satellite radio, and internet radio via streaming media on the Internet.

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