How we represent teams is vital to the overall Hudl experience. Every team name is comprised of different details, some appearing more often than others.
The order (and occasional exclusion) of that information all depends on where a team is being named.
The full list of possible details—and their required order—is organization + gender + level + sport. In the case of a high school volleyball team, it would read East High School girls’ varsity* volleyball.
*Level isn’t required, as we don’t always get that detail from the user during sign-up. Should it be necessary or included, it belongs between the gender and sport.
An organization is named whatever the user provides during sign-up. It may be a high school, but it could also be an academy, day school, institute or something else entirely. It’s important we give them the freedom to apply that name, not only for the subsequent team names, but for the sake of opponents trying to find them in Hudl.
The same goes for colleges and universities. There is a difference.
Our Lady Of Mercy Academy High School
Middle Central Catholic HS
Our Lady of Mercy Academy
Middle Central Catholic
Club names could be anything, so it’s not as easy as assuming academy from “high school academy”. Take these at the user’s word.
Organizations are always title case. Easy as that!
EAST HIGH SCHOOL
East High School
The organization name appears by itself in a number of spots, all where the gender and sport are implied. Think schedules and libraries, where the viewer knows the context of “this is men’s basketball we’re talking about!” Highlights are a solid public example.
Listing organization, gender and sport in all of those places would become redundant (and cramped).
Lincoln High School girls' varsity basketball
Millard High School girls' varsity basketball
Tecumseh High School girls' varsity basketball
Lincoln High School
Millard High School
Tecumseh High School
Never abbreviate organizations on schedules and highlights, where a more public audience may be less familiar with possible opponents.
The most common and appropriate spot for abbreviated organizations is reports. The user creating the report is already familiar with the opponent, having chosen them from the schedule and/or library.
Long story short, abbreviations are rarely the default. If the user chooses to abbreviate when naming video or adding plays to their playbook, that’s up to them.
The full team name adds gender and sport to the organization. More often than not, if you’re not listing the organization on its own, you’ll need the full team name instead.
The most common instance of a full team name is the public profile. There, the audience would appreciate and benefit from every possible detail.
JHS boys' basketball
JHS boys' basketball
JHS boys' basketball
Johnsonville High School boys' varsity basketball
Jefferson High School boys' varsity basketball
Jefferson High School boys' reserve basketball
The only time gender and sport can appear on their own is internally. It usually makes sense in the list of teams a user can access, or the individual teams on a given organization’s invoice. Both of those are possible because the user is 100% aware of the organization in question.
The simple combo of gender + sport should never appear anywhere public, especially profiles, highlights and schedules.
2018 Girls' Lacrosse Highlights
Boys' Varsity Golf Schedule
Girls' Lacrosse - Gold package, unlimited Assist
Boys' Varsity Golf - Silver package
Organization is the only thing you should always title case in a team name. The capitalization of gender and sport depend on where the team name appears.
They should be capitalized when they’re part of an actual title, like on public profiles, not when simply naming a team in a larger list or via email.
Inglewood Boys' Varsity Football plays away next Friday.
Omaha High girls' golf tournament
Inglewood boys' varsity football plays away next Friday.
Omaha High Girls' Golf Tournament
The gender on a team is always possessive. That means an apostrophe is always necessary.
For more about apostrophes and other punctuation across Hudl, check the guidelines.