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'Signal Community Sports' page spotlights local youth, adult sports online and in print

Posted: May 2, 2009 8:57 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.

The Signal will soon provide local youth and adult sports leagues a new outlet for submitting and publishing their game results, news and photos in print and online in the Santa Clarita Valley's only daily newspaper and most-visited news Web site.

The Signal has teamed with CommunitySportsDesk to create "Signal Community Sports," a new feature designed to provide expanded coverage of Santa Clarita Valley youth teams and adult leagues in The Signal newspaper and the paper's Web site,

By putting the spotlight directly on youth sports such as Little League, PONY league, AYSO soccer, city leagues and more, Signal Community Sports will further enhance the The Signal's award-winning local sports coverage, which focuses primarily on local prep and college sports.

"The new Signal Community Sports page will provide us an opportunity to reach and better serve a broader segment of sports fans in the Santa Clarita Valley," said Lila Littlejohn, The Signal's managing editor. "It's an invaluable and professional tool that will positively highlight our community sports.

"Between our staff's coverage and the information teams will submit to Signal Community Sports, The Signal will continue its long-standing tradition of providing the most comprehensive sports coverage available in the SCV," Littlejohn said.

Once Signal Community Sports is launched, teams, coaches, players, family friends, and other fans can get to the page via an icon button on The Signal Web site's home page as well as via

After the page is live, it will be available anytime, 24/7, for team representatives to update scores, stats and photos, and for players, family, friends and all SCV sports fans to see.

Each league or sport will have dedicated Web pages that will include results, photos and articles. Other pages will be devoted to individual teams, and statistics also will be collected from the leagues and schools.

"The Signal is providing contacts for all the local districts, city leagues and corporate teams to its CommunitySportsDesk partners, who will gather all the league, team, player and other information necessary to build each team's profile on Signal Community Sports," said Cary Osborne, Signal Sports Editor. "They're looking forward to working with you as soon as possible."

"CommunitySportsDesk's crew will show league representatives how easy it is to submit their scores, stats and photos from games directly to their Signal Community Sports pages online, in just a few fast, easy, foolproof steps," said Joe Choo, The Signal's IT director.

"With their secure user name and password, the rep can update their pages anytime, from any place they have Internet access, even from a smart phone," Choo said.

In addition to appearing immediately on the Web site, league information gathered through Signal Community Sports will be published weekly in The Signal's print sports section on a new specially designed, dedicated page.

"As other newspapers cut back, The Signal continues to offer greater value to our local readers and Web site visitors," Littlejohn said. "Imagine how exciting it will be for an 8- to 10-year-old kid to see results of his or her league game on a professionally done Web page and in the valley's only newspaper."

With the cooperation of local districts and leagues in providing information in a timely fashion, The Signal expects to have the Signal Community Sports page fully operational and launched by June 1.



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