How to Write a Sports Observation Paper

A football game works well for a sports observation paper.

An observation paper challenges writers to observe an event and relay the information to readers in an interesting and informative manner. A sports observation paper, then, calls for the writer to attend, analyze and write about a sporting event -- an assignment that is ideal for sports lovers. Work on an observation paper begins long before you starting writing, however; it starts with simple observation.

Take detailed notes during the sporting event. Your notes will be your source for your observation paper, so capture as many details as possible. Don't just write a play-by-play of what is happening on the court or field. You want your readers to feel like they were there. Write about the atmosphere -- the fans in the stands, the tone of the event and the behavior of the coaches and players on the sideline. The more images you capture, the better.

Analyze your notes. Look for themes from the sporting event -- was the event tense because the score was close? Were the fans inspired because they were beating their rival? Did the star player let his team down in the face of pressure? Identifying a overall theme for the event can serve as the focus of your observation paper, which can aid in the writing process.

Build an outline. Create first-level headings in the outline representing significant moments from the sporting event. If you observed a football game, for example, each quarter could be a first-level heading. Under each heading level, write details from that moment. Structure the outline chronologically.

Write the observation paper by following your outline. Include the details from your notes as you compose your paper. Talk about the sights and smells of the event. Ensure that you use captivating language that draws the reader into the paper. You are telling a story about the event, so use a narrative writing style to appeal to readers.

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.