SALISBURY, Md. -- Long-time Capital Athletic Conference rivals Salisbury University and the University of Mary Washington have jointly agreed to move production of game programs for most sports to a digital format beginning in the fall 2017 seasons. The joint effort, in addition to saving an immense amount of paper throughout the school year, will also save the institutions thousands of dollars in printing costs each year.
Game programs, which typically are given out at each home contest, provide rosters, schedules, and game notes for each event. That information, as well as much more, is now found online at any given school's athletic website.
Programs for home Salisbury events will be available at www.suseagulls.com/programs at least 24 hours prior to each event. In select circumstances, where one team plays on consecutive days, the program may not be available 24 hours in advance, but will be offered as soon as possible.
"Digital programs", which have been adopted at most NCAA Division III Championships in lieu of hard copies, can include links to more in depth information found online.
Larger schools such as Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin have eliminated printing media guides, instead providing the information to the media and fans digitally online. Major League Baseball has also ceased printing their traditional preseason guides in print format, instead offering the publications to the media online.
Digital programs will be available from both schools on their athletic websites, and will be accessible through social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
For Salisbury fans who want to have a printed program, the digital format will be in PDF, and easily printable for the home user on 8.5" x 11" paper.