Bleacher Bits: A season of changes
Three file drawers full of folders of brand new sports schedules can only mean one thing — the sports seasons they are a-changin'.
Each change of the seasons reminds me of the start of another school year, with a brand new book bag and a new supply of freshly-sharpened No. 2 pencils. Yes, I'm that old that I used pencils in school.
But the real reason I get excited each time a new season comes around is that with it comes the prospect of improving how I did things a year ago. Also much like a new school year, comes a long list of possibilities for teams improving on how they did last year and possibly even chasing section championships.
I always face a new learning curve when it comes to how to take notes and where best to position myself for photographs. I'll let you in on a little secret, after covering umpteen volleyball or football games, it's easy to find yourself taking a picture late in the season that looks pretty similar to some you shot the first couple of weeks. There are only so many places we are allowed to sit or stand, and as a volleyball official corrected me for the first time since 2005, there are even places where flash photography is verboten.
We always try to get a variety of photographs and to take photos of different athletes, but on occasion one of us might get a picture that closely resembles one the other reporter took earlier in the year.
There are certain photos I always challenge myself to get each season. I've been doing this since 2005 and have yet to get a good shot of a dunk. I've seen them in games, but was either at place in the gym where I got the dunker's back, or I was fumbling with my notebook and did not have my camera at the ready.
While some things change from year to year, others remain the same. For instance, soccer games often start when it's sunny and somewhat comfortable, but the sun starts dropping the second half and more often than not, I'm left shivering from not dressing warmly enough.
Another constant — horizontal rain during soccer matches is never a good thing when trying to keep a camera from getting damp.
Basketball season means a plethora of preseason tournaments, but they also give me a head start on putting on holiday poundage with their well-stocked hospitality rooms.
I hope the seasons are great for the teams served by the Tri-County Newspapers. Of course not all of them will have winning records, but I'm looking forward to seeing them all in action and bringing that action to you in the best way that I can.
CONTACT Craig Purcell at 824-1036 or email@example.com.