Making Way for Fall 2012 Sports

Here's how to make sure your sports teams are highlighted on VaHi Patch.

If you are a member of a fall sports team, VaHi Patch wants to hear from you. Whether you're a player, a member of the booster club, a coach or even a vendor, Patch is the place for you.

We are not just a news portal, but more of a community hub for you, your family and your friends. But, we can't do it without your support.

Here's how you and your sports team can get the most out of VaHi Patch:

1. Start a blog about your sports team: Here you can talk about your highs and lows, players that stand out, coaches you love, and more, including what's going on in the sports world outside of the neighborhood. Blogs are not subject to the same content editing as articles. For the most part, it's your style, your say, your way.

2. Upload pictures of your team to our gallery: We wish we could, but we cannot be at every game for every team. So, we love getting photos sent to us, especially those posted by you - the community - to our gallery. It's a place where everyone can quickly see images you've taken.

3. Submit opinion articles or letters to the editor: These are pieces of content that you can submit, and they may appear as featured stories that our newsletter subscribers will see in their email inboxes. We reach tons of people in the community, and we know they'd love to hear from you. Email these to Editor Jaclyn Hirsch.

4. Make announcements on wins, team changes, highlights, and more: These announcements can be about anything you want to tell people in a more short form. These can also be press releases that are published as is. We want you to feel invested in Patch and the community, and this is an easy and quick way to do it. Add a photo, as well. It helps your announcement to stand out.

5. Place events, such as fundraisers, special competitions, etc., on the calendar: We know you have lots of games or events that you'd love to see the community come to, and the more people who know about it, the better. That's were event listings come in. You pick the date it runs, and viola! The best way to then get that event featured on the front page of our Patch site is to include a photo!

6. Place an advertisement for even more exposure for your team or business: If you want to gain even more exposure, place an advertisement on Patch. Contact Terry Phillips terry@patch.com for more information.

7. Email me at jaclyn.hirsch@patch.com: You can send me story ideas and news tips, as well as 'like' our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Hope this has been helpful! We look forward to connecting with you and your sports teams!


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