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Sideline Ettiquette at Football

by on Sep.21, 2013, under Are you kidding me??, d3sports, football, How it's done, NCAA Tournament

NCAALimitLinesFor the last five years we have been trying to get schools and officials to standardize their enforcement of the NCAA limit lines rules. You have to be a minimum of the four yards (12 feet) off the side of the field, you cannot go in the team area (which is between the 25 yard lines), you can’t be right up on the line of scrimmage, don’t cheer for your team or a play, etc.

But there have been officials just this year kicking our photographers (who have years of experience covering the events, carry liability insurance, pay attention to the entire game going on around them) back to soccer and lacrosse lines at stadiums, claiming “new rules” that don’t exist, etc.

Why? Well, because of a few bad apples at games. Last year Larry Radloff and I witnessed one of those photographers (in this case a Wisc.-Stevens Point parent) so close to the field she was rolled by one of the sideline officials. Her camera hit her in the face, she bled, went to the hospital and came back for the fourth quarter.
That official ended up with a few injuries of his own and, as I was told later in the season, was not able to work the rest of the year.

This weekend one of our photographers shared a photo of a parent right up against the sideline, well beyond the posted limit line on the field, who later went into the team area to take photos.

Please parents: stay off the sidelines at games. It’s a dangerous environment and we’re seasoned professionals working the games.

When officials come to us and tell us to move they explain they’ve been injured by parents on the sidelines being too close – we understand the safety aspect of their concern but we pay attention to what we’re doing. Yes, we still get hit on the sidelines, but we’re the last people they should be concerned about.

So to my point:

Parents: Please follow the rules when you are given sideline access.
Schools: Please enforce all the rules on the sidelines equally and work to keep the sidelines to those people who have a reason to be there (parents and boosters should not be allowed on the field during competition)
Officials: Please do not make up rules as you see fit. The NCAA has the rules set and unless the lines are painted differently on a field the NCAA’s rules take precedence. A limit line is not a yellow soccer or lacrosse boundry, a media limit line is defined as “12-inch lines and at 24-inch intervals”.

We all have a job to perform and if you (parents, other photographers, officials) ignore the rules it makes the rest of us look bad.

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Close to the action!

by on Oct.17, 2010, under Insights

Oomph!!

Without officials / referees, the sports that we love so much wouldn’t happen. They often take heat from fans and coaches for their calls. They have an incredibly tough job being they are right in the middle of the action. Unfortunately, sometimes they get too close to the action as this football referee experienced. Do you have any photos or stories of officials that got just a little too close to the action?

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Way to use your head!

by on Sep.27, 2010, under football, How it's done, IIAC, Insights, MIAC, soccer, sports, UMAC

Around the gridiron the phrase using your head is often associated with a direct helmet-to-helmet hit. Something that is neither a good thing to do or witness, and may send chills down the backs of the spectators, coaches, officials and sports medicine staff.

I was witness to a Monmouth (Ill.) player who took such a hard hit against St. John’s (Minn.) in the opening round of the 2005 playoffs that play was stopped for at least a half hour after being knocked unconscious and he had a seizure on the field. He was taken by stretcher to an ambulance off the side of the stadium where he was kept until after the game, when he had regained feeling in his toes, and spent a few days in a St. Cloud hospital.

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This past weekend I witnessed a potentially similar scenario play out as a Central Dutch linebacker made a delayed hit on the just out-of-bounds on Coe receiver Andrew Squires. While it appeared that Squires was not injured on the apparent helmet-on-helmet hit, the linebacker was spoken to by an official and Coe head coach Steve Stalker shared his dislike for the contact with the official. Nothing came of the play in the rulings on the field, however.

So that’s the harrowing side of the use of one’s head in a game. We’d like to highlight to fun, exciting and remarkable side of the subject: Having the wherewithal in the game to make an outstanding decision at a key moment that seals the victory or turns the tables, or is just simply remarkable.

Their head is in the game and the pivotal play comes to, well, “mind”.

A sequence set of Mellick's forced fumble-turned-touchback on Saturday.

Coe’s Dillon Mellick did just that a few minutes earlier in the game. Central’s Mike Furlong had caught a pass inside the Coe red zone and he had Mellick beat by a step. But he stepped up, forcing the ball out of Furlong’s hands which bounced out on the five yard line and bounced into the back of the endzone for a Cohawk touchback.

As Mellick told the Cedar Rapids Gazette:

“I got burned on it,” the senior from Waukon said. “But I could see he was holding the ball wide, so I just went for it all and got it.”

That heads-up decision, with the score 30-28 in Coe’s favor, helped seal the victory. They padded it later with a touchdown and timely interception with less than two minutes remaining. No. 9 Coe held on to defeat No. 7 Central 37-28.

There is more to it than just making a great play

St Scholastica's Greg Doornink (4) heads the ball over St Thomas' Mike Hutton (22) on Sept. 21.

St Scholastica's Greg Doornink (4) heads the ball over St Thomas' Mike Hutton (22) on Sept. 21.

In soccer, using your head has a different connotation: using your head to make a header. That’s where this blog came to on Thursday afternoon while covering the St. Thomas vs. St. Scholastica men’s soccer match. As Matt Milless wrote last week in “Did you get that?” finding that stop-action photo that makes you look at it in wonder and amazement, such as the header, is very difficult to capture consistently, if at all, for periods of time.

We, as photographers, may make it look easy, that we get those photos a lot if you look at our best works; but at d3photography.com we strive on the quality of the work we publish, not the quantity of the photos we take at an event. I don’t mean to generalize wire photographers here, but there are many who will fire off many thousands of photos in a quarter of football, half of soccer or basketball or a period of a hockey game just to have that “perfect” shot for the game. They may take 1,000-2,500 photos in a given window of a game and run one, two, 10 or 20 photos in a gallery online, a couple of pictures in the next publication – if space allows.

Our photographers work to include all the relevant photos from a game for news purposes, but also for the purposes of the fans to see, and have a memory of the game.

In the St. Thomas vs. St. Scholastica match from last week, out of the 193 photos published in our photo gallery I had 19 photos of attempted headers. Most of them were spot on (by the players) and the looks on their faces and the displacement of the air in the ball is apparent.

As you will see on the right, a “perfect header photo” (just like a perfect slapshot, baseball liner, basketball jumpshot) is right when the ball shows no displacement of air.

But who really wants to see a perfectly shaped ball, anyway?

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Week 4 – September 22 – September 28

by on Sep.21, 2010, under Are you kidding me??, conferences, football, IIAC, Liberty League, MIAA, NWC, SCIAC, soccer, sports, WIAC

We’ve got a fairly well packed week ahead of us.

But before I go there, you should go here and vote for Thiel: http://www.post-gazette.com/polls/default.asp?pollID=3829. Thiel vs. a High School football team – who will win? I’m going to file this under the “Are you kidding me??” header.

Football
No. 4 St. Thomas vs. Concordia-Moorhead (Scott Pierson) [gallery]
No. 9 Coe vs. No. 7 Central (Ryan Coleman) [gallery]
Augsburg vs. No. 19 St. John’s (Caleb Williams and Tim Ward) [gallery]
(RV) Wisc.-Stevens Point vs. Albion (Larry Radloff) [gallery] – the first Pink football game in college football history
Union vs. Rochester (Matt Milless) [gallery]

Soccer
St. Thomas vs. St. Scholastica (Ryan Coleman) [gallery] – Sept 21
Hamline vs. Cornell (Ia.) (Ryan Coleman) [gallery] – Sept 21
Methodist vs. Shenandoah (Bruce Lee) [gallery] – Sept 25

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And we’re off!

by on Sep.02, 2010, under football, IIAC, Liberty League, MIAC, MWC, NAC, OAC, Skyline, soccer, sports, UMAC, volleyball, WIAC

Jay Priest collected 47 yards on three receptions for No. 11 Ohio Northern in the kickoff game of the 2010 Div III football season. Photo by David Rich, d3photography.com

Our first event is in the books: Ohio Northern defeated Wisc.-River Falls 35-21 to kickoff the 2010 NCAA Division III football season. David Rich was there, submitted a few photos with more to come later on tonight. Check back here over the weekend for select photos from each of the games we are covering.

Events on the schedule:

Football

No. 1 Wisc.-Whitewater hosts Adrian (Mich.) [gallery]
St. Norbert hosts No. 5 St. Thomas (Minn.) [gallery]
No. 7 Central hosts Wisc.-Oshkosh [gallery]
No. 8 Wittenberg vs. Olivet [gallery]
No. 9 St. John’s (Minn.) hosts Northwestern (Minn.)
No. 11 Ohio Northern hosts Wisc.-River Falls [gallery]
Wartburg hosts No. 17 Monmouth (Ill.) [gallery]
Augsburg hosts Concordia (Wisc.) [gallery]
Crown hosts Carleton [gallery]

Soccer

Mens – Macalester hosts Northwestern (Minn.) [gallery]
Mens – Hamline hosts Wartburg [gallery]
Mens – Macalester hosts Loras [gallery]
Womens – Macalester hosts Loras [gallery]

Volleyball

Union hosts Sage [gallery]
Skidmore vs. Sage [gallery]

A reminder: We have digital downloads for sale – email that photo without the watermarks, take it to your own lab and print it for less and do it in less time. And we are offering 50% off all shipping (that’s right, all shipping) in the month of September. But on October 1st it will be full rate again.

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