“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.