Sports; Communications; Statistics; Games; Software; Athletics
Have you ever wondered how a basketball player’s PPG is calculated? Do you know what PPG stands for? Sports Information Directors know what it stands for: "points per game". This is just one example of the many different kinds of codes and statistics utilized by these media relations professionals. StatCrew is the software that allows Sports Information Directors to collect such information; it is used to generate data that can be used for live play-by-plays, official box scores, and reports for games, seasons and individual players. As an aspiring Sports Information Director, I decided to dedicate my Honors project to learning how to use the Stat Crew software, as well as learn about event operations for athletics. Throughout the semester, I was able to participate in the planning and execution of many different athletic events at URI. These events included men’s and women’s basketball games, baseball and softball games, and I was the head media relations contact at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Conference Championship. I also learned the basics of Stat Crew and was able to practice generating game reports that could be used by coaches for things like scouting reports. The understanding of Stat Crew and event operations for athletics that I gained in completing this project will help me in my future as I strive to become a Sports Information Director in an NCAA Division I athletic department.