Captioning word of the month: Double-double

 

Steve Clark

Below is the sixth in a series of monthly featured words to help captioners build their dictionaries and knowledge. The words for this series are being provided by Steve Clark, CRC, a captioner from Washington, D.C. and NCRA Board member. Clark captions for Home Team Captions and covers the Baltimore Ravens NFL team  and the Washington Nationals baseball team.

Our terms this month, double-double, triple-double, quadruple-double, and quintuple-double, come from basketball. Of the four, the quintuple-double is the most difficult to achieve.


quadruple-double

Double-double
Triple-double
Quadruple-double
Quintuple-double
(basketball)

Definition

In every basketball game, an individual player is scored in five statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. When a player scores 10 or more points (this is where the “double” suffix comes from) in any two of these categories, this is known as a double-double.

When a player scores 10 or more points in any three of these categories, this is known as a triple-double.

When a player scores 10 or more points in any four of these categories, this is known as a quadruple-double. This feat has only been accomplished a handful of times at the professional and college level.

When a player scores 10 or more points in all five of these categories, this is known as a quintuple-double. This feat has never been accomplished at the professional or college level.

Bonus definition: Five-by-five

When a player scores five or more points in all five of these statistical categories.

Usage     

“And with that basket, Jones has another double-double.”

“Lebron James joins the list of triple-double NBA players destined for the hall of fame.”