2011 Style Sheet

This style sheet will answer some of the frequently asked questions we receive from writers and potential writers. USA Roller Sports - The Magazine adheres to Associated Press (AP) style with some discipline specific exceptions. Exceptions to AP style are noted. Please note: the Associated Press style that we adhere to for the magazine may not apply to other USA Roller Sports publications (Rule Books, etc.).

USA Roller Sports

USA Roller Sports is capitalized when referring to the national governing body (USA Roller Sports). When referring to roller sports in general, roller sports is lowercase.


Always use numerals (16, not sixteen).  Ages expressed using the word “year” should have hyphens (A 16-year-old boy; the event is for 16-year-olds). When the word “years” is used, no hyphens are needed (He is 16 years old).

a.m., p.m.

Lowercase, with periods, and have a space between the time and a.m. or p.m. (10 a.m.)


Avoid unnecessary capitals.

  • Sentences: Capitalize the first word in sentences.
  • Compositions: Capitalize the principal words in the names of books, movies, plays, poems, operas, songs, radio and television programs, works of art, etc.
  • Titles: Capitalize formal titles when used immediately before a name. Lowercase formal titles when used alone or in constructions that set them off from a name by commas.
  • Abbreviations: Use capital letters (NGB)
  • Names of directions: Capitalize names of directions when they designate a region, but lowercase when they indicate compass direction.
  • Trademark terms: Capitalize terms such as Kleenex, Coke, etc.
  • Committees: Capitalize the names of USA Roller Sports Committees including the word “Committee.”

capitalize Axel, Lutz and Salchow

The names of these jumps should be capitalized because they are people's names (flip and loop are not capitalized).

capitalize the names of all dances (exception to AP style)

composition titles

Use italics for the names of books, magazine, newspapers, movies, paintings, drawings, etc.

Italics are used primarily to punctuate the titles of full-length works that are published separately. Quotation marks are used to punctuate titles of works within the full-length works (magazine articles, names of songs, etc.).

  • However, do not use italics or quotations for names of books that are catalogs of reference.

e-mail, website, online

Spell e-mail (hyphenated), website (one word) and online (one word, no hyphen) according to the Associated Press' style. Capitalize Web when used alone (the Web) or as a modifier (Web page, Web feed).


Inline is one word without hyphens (inline speed skating).


Spell out numbers one through nine; use figures for 10 and above. Ordinals: spell out first through ninth, and starting with 10th use numerals. Spell out a numeral at the beginning of a sentence, unless it is a calendar year. PROPER NAMES: Use words or numerals according to an organization's practice (3M, Big Ten).

one space after periods

Use one space after a period, colon, comma, etc.

punctuation/quotation marks

The period and the comma always go within quotation marks.

The dash, the semicolon, the question mark and the exclamation point go within the quotation marks when they apply to the quoted matter only. They go outside when the apply to the whole sentence (She asked, “What time is it?” Who sings “All You Need Is Love”?

rule book

Capitalize USA Roller Sports Rule Book. Lowercase rule book.


Capitalize the world if referring to the World Championships, but not when referring to the world.

workout, work out

(Her workout consists of skating and cycling. I'm going to work out.)

***More style references will be added as we receive more frequently asked questions. Thank you to everyone that contributes to USA Roller Sports - The Magazine!