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STYLE GUIDE
The AuburnTigers.com style guide defines standards and provides templates for use on the official Auburn Athletics Department site. The goal is to convey a consistent image for Auburn Athletics. Within the style guide, you will find information to help build and maintain pages at AuburnTigers.com.

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DATELINES
Please use the AP style shown below to begin all releases. Always bold. Auburn is in all-caps with the AP abbreviation for Alabama and dash:

AUBURN, Ala. -- Text

For other locations, use the AP style, which is to put the dateline city in all-caps and the state or nation in lower case, followed by a dash. Large cities do not require state. | AP-Style State Abbreviations

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COMMON TERMS
AP style for commonly used sports terms:
 

3-pointer
backboard
backfield
bullpen
drop-back pass
end zone
fast break
free throw
goal line, goal-line stand

halftime
home run
hurry-up offense
jump shot
kick off (v), kickoff (n, adj.)
layup
offseason
offside
onside kick
pitchers' duel
place kick
postseason
red zone
runback
running back
seasons (lowercase: spring)
sideline, on the sidelines
walk-on

Auburn
The Plains, Tiger fans, Auburn Family, Loveliest Village on The Plains, #WarEagle, AuburnTigers.com

Academic All-America, Academic All-American
The only organization that can recognize or designate "Academic All-American" is CoSIDA. | More Info

All-America, All-American
The Associated Press recognizes only one All-America football and basketball team each year. In football, only Walter Camp's selections through 1924, and the AP selections after that, are recognized. Do not call anyone an All-America selection unless he is listed on either the Camp or AP roster. Similarly, do not call anyone an All-America basketball player unless an AP selection. The first All-America basketball team was chosen in 1948. Use All-American when referring specifically to an individual. Use All-America when referring to the team.

Baseball numbers
Some sample uses of numbers: first inning, seventh-inning stretch, 10th inning; first base, second base, third base; first home run, 10th home run; first place, last place; one RBI, 10 RBIs. The pitcher's record is not 6-5. The final score was 1-0.

Coach
Lowercase in all uses, as a job description, not a formal title.

Football numbers
Use figures for yardage: The 5-yard line, the 10-yard line, a 5-yard pass play, he plunged in from the 2, he ran 6 yards, a 7-yard gain. But: a fourth-and-two play. The final score was 21-14. The team won its fourth game in 10 starts.

Golf numbers
Use figures for handicaps: He has a 3 handicap; a 3-handicap golfer, a handicap of 3 strokes; a 3-stroke handicap. Use figures for par listings: He had a par 5 to finish 2-up for the round, a par-4 hole; a 7-under-par 64, the par-3 seventh hole. The first hole, the ninth hole, a nine-hole course, the 10th hole, the back nine, the final 18.

Scores
Use figures exclusively, placing a hyphen between the totals of the winning and losing teams: The Reds defeated the Red Sox 4-3, the Giants scored a 12-6 football victory over the Cardinals, the golfer had a 5 on the first hole but finished with a 2-under-par score.

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ATHLETICS
Please include the "s" in Athletics when referring to the Auburn Athletics Department.

Right: Auburn Athletics Department, Athletics Director
Wrong: Auburn Athletic Department, Athletic Director

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WEBSITE & LINKS
Please use AuburnTigers.com when referencing our official site. Please capitalize the "A" in Auburn and "T" in Tigers. Do not include the "www". This aids in branding our URL.

Right: AuburnTigers.com
Wrong: www.auburntigers.com, auburntigers.com

If telling fans to visit a site or to email for more information, please link (use Code Editor in Netitor). External links off AuburnTigers.com should open in new window (see below).

HTML for link: AuburnTigers.com | HTML for email link: Email Us

Internal links to pages on AuburnTigers.com do not open in new windows. All external links off AuburnTigers.com open in new windows. The code target="_blank" opens a link in a new window:

Internal Link: Internal Link | External Link: External Link

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EMBED TWITTER WIDGET
Use this link for instructions on embedding a "Follow: X" Twitter widget:
https://twitter.com/about/resources/buttons#follow

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BIRTHDATES & AGES
For security and privacy reasons, please do not post full birthdates (month, day and year) for student-athletes, coaches or staff.

Please do not include ages in bios (for individual, children, etc.). This aids in security and lengthens the "shelf life" of the content. It's not immediately outdated after a birthday.

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