In my opinion, there is nothing in sports more exciting than bicycle racing. These folks ride at 30 plus miles per hour, wheel to wheel, shoulder to shoulder. They must have the utmost confidence in those racing around them to compete at those speeds, riding that close. Just one slip up, one mental lapse, and it sounds like paperclips in a blender when there is a crash. I like this photo because of the line the racers create and the colorful uniforms of each team. I wish the background could have been a little nicer.
Lacrosse is a sport that I learned to appreciate late in life. It is one of the oldest games played in North America. Lacrosse had its originated in Canada by Native Americans and was thought to have been centered around the Great Lakes. Different Native American tribes would play each other and the matches could go on for days.
Lacrosse is a great sport. There is no other sport where a helmet is required and you carry a stick to either carry the ball or hit the opponent who has the ball. The rules state that a defensive player can use his stick to knock the ball loose from an opponent’s stick by hitting the opponent’s hands or stick. As you can see, there are times when the stick gets a little high. The rules also state there can be contact below the shoulders and above the waist. Body checking is allowed if done on the player possessing the ball and if it is done from the side or front, never from the back.
I like this photo because it shows the two styles of sticks used. The player on attack has a short stick and the defense has a longer stick. This is a good, legal defensive play.
“Don’t Let The Skirts Fool You” is a mantra of field hockey players. They were what looks like a skirt over shorts as part of their uniform but they want you to know right away that there is nothing “dainty” about them.
I started doing sports photography in the digital world shooting RJ Reynolds High School Field Hockey. My stepdaughter was playing and I wanted her to have something to look back on, years from now when she has her own family. I have one photo of my mother in a team picture when she played basketball at Tula High School in Tula, MS. I have one picture of my baseball playing days, which is a team photo when I was 16 years old. I wanted her to have more than that and I know her children will have fun looking at their mom in her athletic years. The year she graduated, the coach asked to if I would come back out and photograph the team the next year, even though Emma would not be playing. I said yes and this year will be my tenth year providing memories for these young folks.
Field hockey is a sport played with a stick that is flat on one side and rounded on the other. The ball can only be touched with the flat side. If you have possession of the ball and it touches the rounded side, a whistle is blown, play stopped, that the ball turned over to the other team. It is a tough sport and is not for the faint of heart. The ball is hard rubber and as the season wears on, so do the bruises that appear on the arms and legs of the players. I have seen these girls hit with a direct shot, fall to their knees, take a couple of deep breaths, and refuse to leave the game. These young ladies are very, very tough.
I like this photo because the light was good and it shows off athletic ability.