The Commissioner’s Office, players, general managers, coaches and staffs of the NWHL appreciate your coverage of our league and its teams. Our pledge is to be professional, courteous and accessible at all times with the media, and our hope is that the League can enjoy a working relationship of mutual respect with each member of the media.
In order to ensure the most efficient working environment for reporters and the coaches and players, the following regulations have been established. They are effective immediately and are in place for all regular season and playoff games played by the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters, and all league events.
We expect all parties to comply at all times with the policies and procedures set out in these regulations. If there are concerns or issues with media access in a city, it should be reported by the next day to the PR office of the NWHL and the issue will be addressed within 24 hours of the filed complaint.
Out of respect to the players, we ask that reporters do not approach the players outside the allotted windows of media availability.
The NWHL and its teams reserve the right to enforce these media regulations by revoking credentials or restricting and/or denying access.
All credential requests should be made through the online form that the League has made available here. Credentials for individual games should be requested at least one day before the game. Credentials will be available for pick-up from a team representative beginning two hours prior to the start of a game. Season credential requests will be reviewed by League PR and issued at the next home game after the request was made.
The head coach will be available to the media within 10 minutes of the completion of practice.
Access to the players that have completed their practices will begin as soon as the coach’s media availability has ended. All players are expected to fulfill any requests for interviews after practice before departing the facility.
Interviews will be conducted in a “mixed” zone that is comfortable for the media and players. This area will be designated in each arena. All medical and training areas are off limits to the press at all times, with no exceptions.
On game days, the head coach from each team will be available to the media for up to 15 minutes exactly 75 minutes before game time. For example, for a 7:00 p.m. game, the coaches are available for interviews from 5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Upon request, select players from each team can be available for brief interviews within a 30-minute window starting two hours before the game. For example, for a 7:00 p.m. game, select players are available from 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. If you would like to request an interview with a specific player during this pre-game availability, we ask that you contact the PR leader for the appropriate team in advance so they can make arrangements.
The head coaches of each team will be available approximately 5 minutes after the completion of the game.
The players will be available 10 minutes after the completion of the game.
As with practices, post-game Interviews will be conducted in a designated “mixed” zone. All medical and training areas are off limits to the press at all times.
For the 2016-17 season, the NWHL is allowing all reporters to shoot video from any device for the first 5 minutes only of any game or practice. We ask that you please not block anyone else’s view to shoot video.
Thank you for your interest in the NWHL and for your cooperation within these regulations. We look forward to working with you.