Media Information and Guidelines
CONTACT INFORMATION: All requests and questions should be addressed to: Conner Penfold, Media & Baseball Operations Coordinator, (916) 376-4751, [email protected].
MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Sacramento River Cats media credentials will be issued only to accredited members of the media. Season credentials will be issued only to legitimate news gathering organizations that cover the River Cats on a daily basis. To apply for season media credentials, please complete and return a requested Media Credential Application Form, including the Minor League Baseball Terms and Conditions of Credentials for Minor League Baseball Events form. The River Cats will be very selective in issuing season credentials to online-only publications; however, those denied may apply for daily credentials.
Daily credentials will be issued to those individuals or organizations who do not qualify for season credentials, including freelance writers, most bloggers and reporters for weekly/monthly shows and publications. Daily credentials will also be issued to radio and TV stations when the need arises for extra pre/post-game personnel and to newspaper reporters providing extra coverage. Once a daily credential request is approved and on file, the River Cats require at least a 24-hour notice for all daily credential requests. All weekend requests should be made by 3 p.m. on the Thursday prior.
Credential requests can be sent via email to [email protected], by fax to (916) 376-4710 or by mail to: Media Relations Dept., Sutter Health Park, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95616 on company letterhead from the sports editor/director/producer. Under no circumstances are media credentials to be transferred from person to person without the expressed permission and approval of the Sacramento River Cats communications department. Violation of this policy may result in the informing of the Pacific Coast League office, dismissal of the media member from Sutter Health Park and confiscation of the violator's media credential.
MEDIA CREDENTIAL PICKUP: Upon approval of credential request, media members may pick up daily credentials at the Sutter Health Park Box Office Will Call window during normal business hours or beginning at 10 a.m. on day of game. A valid photo ID will be required upon pickup. Any special pickup requests should be sent via email to [email protected].
MEDIA PARKING: There will be a limited number of media parking spots made available for every River Cats game. All media members with credentials for a given game will have their names placed on a parking list. Those picking up daily credentials will have their names added to the parking list only if they have provided a 24-hour notice.
PRESS BOX: The press box is located behind home plate on the ballpark's second level, and opens three hours prior to first pitch. It is a working press box for WORKING MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ONLY. Due to space limitations, there is always a possibility that credentialed media will not be stationed in the press box but at an auxiliary area. The River Cats have wireless internet access available for those in the press box as well as those assigned to the auxiliary area. Rosters, lineups, game notes and team statistics will be available in the press box three hours prior to the scheduled game time. Credentialed photographers may remain on the field until the conclusion of the National Anthem.
CLUBHOUSE ACCESS: Only properly credentialed media members may gain access to the clubhouse. Both the River Cats and visiting team clubhouses are located behind left field. MEDIA MEMBERS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE TRAINING ROOM OR EQUIPMENT ROOM AT ANY TIME. In accordance with the regulations designated by Major League Baseball, the clubhouse is open to properly credentialed media members 3-1/2 hours prior to the start of the game and closes an hour prior to the game. The clubhouse areas are also closed when the teams are on the field, unless previously approved by the River Cats. Following the game, the clubhouse will open approximately 15 minutes following the final out. Access is prohibited between games of a doubleheader and during rain delays.
FIELD ACCESS: Appropriately credentialed media are permitted access to the field and dugout areas, but are required to stay on the warning track, particularly when the team is taking batting practice. Media must leave the field and dugout areas no later than one hour prior to game time.
MEDIA GUIDE: The most current River Cats Media Guide can be obtained in the Sutter Health Park press box.The most current River Cats Media Guide can also be found online here.
GAME DAY INFORMATION: River Cats game day information, including daily Game Notes, Stat Packs, and more will be made available in the press box prior to the start of each home game. To receive game day information in your inbox daily, please email Media Relations Assistant Conner Penfold at [email protected]. Game day information is also available online.
MEDIA INTERVIEWS: River Cats players and coaches can be made available for interviews prior to on-field stretching and following batting practice. Interviews cannot be conducted during batting practice. Media members wishing to do an off-site interview or a feature story should contact the River Cats no later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled interview time. The media is asked to be respectful of the players' pre-game schedule when requesting an interview. No one will be permitted to interview starting pitchers pre-game on the day of their start.
PHOTO WELLS: Photo wells are located at the end of each dugout. Photographers must request usage 24-hours in advance using the guidelines outlined under Media Credentials above. Photographers are not permitted in the actual dugout area or on the field once the game begins. Please wait until the end of the inning to move to or from these areas.
USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Media outlets needing use of River Cats photography may contact the communications department at (916) 376-4751 or via email at [email protected]. Accredited media members may use River Cats photographs for non-endorsement projects only.
AUTOGRAPH POLICY: Under no circumstances are credentialed media members permitted to seek autographs on the field of play or in either clubhouse. Violation of this policy will result in the dismissal of the media member from Sutter Health Park and confiscation of the violator's media credential.
CAMERAS IN THE CLUBHOUSE: Videographers are permitted in the River Cats clubhouse following the game only, and must be accompanied by a reporter. Still photography is not permitted in the clubhouse access at any time.