Organization, Team and Event Details

We write about orga­ni­za­tions (high schools, clubs), teams (girls’ JV lacrosse, boys’ var­si­ty bas­ket­ball) and events (games, prac­tices) a lot. To keep both us and our users sane, we put some stan­dards in place so we’re not rein­vent­ing for­mat­ting across chan­nels, plat­forms or even dif­fer­ent screens in our products.

At Hudl, an orga­ni­za­tion” is any enti­ty that con­tains a hier­ar­chy of teams or pro­grams (boys’ bas­ket­ball, girls’ lacrosse). Since orga­ni­za­tions input their own name dur­ing sign up, be sure to stick with what­ev­er they choose to write.

  • Don’t add an orga­ni­za­tion type — like High School” or Club” — to the end of a name, even if you know what the orga­ni­za­tion is.
  • Don’t change capitalization.
  • Don’t abbre­vi­ate. The only excep­tion here is with­in reports, where we can abbre­vi­ate an opponent’s orga­ni­za­tion to its ini­tials, since the user will already be famil­iar with the orga­ni­za­tion giv­en the context.

The full team name con­sists of the orga­ni­za­tion name + gen­der + lev­el + sport (e.g. Jefferson High School boys’ var­si­ty bas­ket­ball”). Unless any piece of infor­ma­tion is clear from oth­er con­text clues, be sure to include each part of the team name. 

Gender and sport are nev­er cap­i­tal­ized. Level is also nev­er cap­i­tal­ized, unless you’re giv­ing an abbre­vi­a­tion like JV” for junior var­si­ty” or U18” for under 18.” We nev­er abbre­vi­ate var­si­ty,” sopho­more” or fresh­man.”

  • The excep­tion: Use title case for a full team name as a head­line, like on the pub­lic team pro­file page.

The gen­der on a team is always pos­ses­sive. That means an apos­tro­phe is always necessary. 

  • For girls’” and boys,’” sim­ply add the apos­tro­phe at the end. No addi­tion­al s” is needed. 
  • For men’s” and women’s,” the plur­al is formed with “-en,” so an apos­tro­phe s” is needed.

When describ­ing an event, such as a game or prac­tice, be sure to include all the infor­ma­tion nec­es­sary so that the user has what they need. This may include team names, date, time, venue, out­come, etc. 

In the prod­uct, we require dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions of that infor­ma­tion in dif­fer­ent places.

In the user’s schedule:

  • Always list the user’s team first. If the game took place at home, use vs,” then list the oppo­nent. If the game took place away, use “@” instead. (Read more about how to dis­play ver­sus.”)
  • Always include the date. Be sure to fol­low our guide­lines for writ­ing the date in prod­uct.
  • If avail­able, indi­cate the out­come with W” for a win or L” for a loss, fol­lowed by a com­ma and then the final score, W, 68 – 59.” Be sure to use an en dash between the numbers.

For any­thing out­side the user’s sched­ule, like high­lights, only use vs,” nev­er “@,” regard­less of where the game took place. 

Last Updated: 20 May 2020 at 10:55am CDT