Media Policies and Credential Guidelines

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Room 2715
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College Park, MD 20742

Important Numbers
Fischer's Office Phone

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Patrick Fischer  
Patrick Fischer
Associate Director,
Media Relations

Media Credentials Policy
The University of Maryland issues media credentials under the priorities listed below. These priorities are designed to achieve efficient use of limited space available for working members of the media at University of Maryland intercollegiate athletic events.

The University of Maryland Athletics Media Relations Office is responsible for administering this policy. Credential requests must be made by sports editors or sports directors no later than tow days prior to an even by e-mailing men's lacrosse media relations contact Patrick Fischer.

1. Originating radio and television personnel involved in a live television or radio broadcast of a University of Maryland intercollegiate athletic competition.

2. Daily newspapers, wire services, and regional and national publications that regularly and substantially report on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics.

3. Non-originating radio and television personnel producing reports on a University of Maryland intercollegiate athletic competition. Only local radio stations with a full-time sports director conducting a regular and substantial sports show reporting on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics receive consideration for credentials.

4. Officially recognized University of Maryland daily student publications and daily student electronic media outlets that regularly and substantially report on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics.

5. Official websites of Atlantic Coast Conference schools, non-conference opponents, and the Atlantic Coast Conference office.

6. Non-daily newspapers or publications that regularly and substantially report on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics.

7. Online entities that meet the requirements set out in guideline 7, below.

1. Season media credentials are issued to those organizations that report on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics on a regular and substantial basis, as outlined above. Issuance of season media credentials does not guarantee working space in media work areas.

2. With the exception of Terrapin beat reporters reporting on the team on a daily basis and producing daily reports, all passes are approved and issued on a game-by-game basis.

3. Except as otherwise provided for in this policy, all passes and credentials are transferable within the same media outlet for use by those serving an editorial function. Passes used by any member of a credentialed outlet without specific editorial assignment or by non-working members of the organization are subject to revocation upon University request.

4. Due to limited space and to ensure compliance with NCAA guidelines, credentials will not be issued to "free-lance" writers or photographers without a specific assignment received in writing by the assigning organization.

5. The University of Maryland and the NCAA prohibit the issuance of credentials to representatives of an organization that regularly publishes gambling information, such as "tout sheets" or "tip sheets." The University of Maryland will not issue credentials to organizations whose primary function is to deliver news related to the recruitment of student-athletes.

6. No credentials will be issued to individuals under the age of 18. Admission to media facilities are for working media only.

7. Credentials may be issued: a) to online entities that are affiliated with a national or regional media organization; or, b) to online entities that host a website that regularly and substantially reports on University of Maryland intercollegiate athletics, and employs for that University of Maryland-dedicated website at least one full-time permanent employee who writes a substantial majority of all material posted on the site, and that registers a minimum of 20,000 legitimate unique users per month in each of the past 12 months.

An online entity that meets the requirements of either 7.a) or 7.b) and which sponsors message boards or chat rooms may be credentialed only if the entity enforces its policies regarding abusive or discriminatory material.

8. University personnel may deny or revoke credentials without notice and an individual shall surrender his/her credential upon request for: noncompliance with the priorities or guidelines set out in this policy; noncompliance with health, safety, or security directives issued regarding University athletic events; violations of University, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, NCAA, or ACC policies; and for conduct for which there are reasonable grounds to believe violate state or federal law, or constitute a breach of professional ethics. Any organization that wishes to contest a denial or revocation shall: a) request the Media Relations Office provide a written rationale for the denial or revocation; b) submit a written response to that rationale to the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations. After reviewing the response, the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations, in consultation with appropriate University officials, shall issue a decision to uphold or reverse the denial or revocation. The Associate Athletic Director's decision shall be final.

9. The University of Maryland Athletics Media Relations Office reserves the right to change this policy at any time. The latest version will be available online at

Credential Requests
Credential requests must be made by sports editors or sports directors by e-mail no later than 24 hours prior to an event. Requests submitted after the 24-hour limit will be denied.

Credentials will be available on game day at Media Will Call, which is locacted at Gat J, at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. All persons picking up credentials will be required to furnish positive identification.

Internet Guidelines
The acceptance of media credentials is an acknowledgement of the University of Maryland's rights to the game and play-by-play coverage and an outlet's agreement to abide by any restrictions the University of Maryland may place on real-time play-by-play coverage and use of comprehensive game statistics.

Failure to abide by these restrictions implemented by the University of Maryland may result in revocation of press credentials.

Maryland reserves the right to grant approval for distribution of real-time play-by-play, game-related statistics and information through the Internet ("real time" is defined as any online media providing live continual play-by-play coverage, in-game statistics, digital photographs, or audio or video of an event).

In-Season Interview Policy
All interviews must be arranged through Patrick Fischer in the Maryland Media Relations Office. He can be reached at 301-314-7062 or via e-mail. We require 24 hours notice to facilitate all interview requests.

Requested upper-class student-athletes will be available at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and 5 p.m. Wednesdays throughout the season. Player availability can vary due to student-athlete academic schedules.

Coach Tillman will be made available if time allows prior to the team's film sessions. Coach Tillman will be available via a conference call every Tuesday morning, beginning on Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. E-mail Patrick Fischer for details on joining Coach Tillman's conference call.

Players and coaches have been instructed not to participate in interviews unless they have been arranged through the media relations office.

Player phone numbers will not be released, and members of the media are asked not to attempt to contact student-athletes or relatives on the telephone, via e-mail, social media or by any other means. Student-athletes are not available for live call-in radio shows.

Practice Coverage
Practices are closed to the public and media, but media can request to attend a practice by contacting the Media Relations Office at least 24 hours in advance. No interviews will be permitted after the start of practice. Team meetings before, during and after practice are private.

Practices are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m., but practice times are subject to change.

E-Mail Services
Men's Lacrosse releases may be obtained electronically by contacting Patrick Fischer.

Game Day Media Parking
Parking for all Maryland men's lacrosse home games is available in Lot 1 and Lot Z.

Photo passes will be issued only to accredited photographers on assignment. Photographers must obtain an armband from the press box to gain admittance to the field.

Photographers are expected to comply with all University regulations and policies. Any photographer or any media a member not complying with instructions of University staff may be required to surrender their credentials.

Postgame Interviews
Postgame interviews will be conducted in a designated media area at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium approximately 10 minutes following the postgame handshake. Player requests will be collected during the fourth quarter.

Postgame Statistics
A statistics packet is compiled for each game and made available to the media in the press box of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

All of Maryland's news releases and statistics can be accessed at