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Are Rubber lens hood required for NCAA football games?
Don Bradley, Photographer
Owensboro | KY | USA | Posted: 5:30 PM on 08.15.13
->> Wondering if rubber lens hood is required for NCAA football games? I thought I read this somewhere (maybe just NFL) but can't find that article now. It wasn't required a couple of years ago when I shot at University of Louisville. I will be shooting the canon 70-200 f/2.8 and 300 f/2.8 some this year for a few college games/different teams. Thanks.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 7:36 PM on 08.15.13
->> The NCAA actually has very few "rules" for photographers, and each sport (if they have any rules) is different. For football, the only rule I'm aware of is the rule delineating where photographers can shoot from on the field (the NCAA rules site is actually "closed" at the moment, go figure).

That being said, teams and/or conferences may have rules. Never heard of a rubber hood rule, though it sounds like something someone somewhere may have come up with (never mind that the rest of the lens is pretty damned hard).
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David Rossiter, Photographer
Lethbridge | AB | Canada | Posted: 8:20 PM on 08.15.13
->> Once you put a Mamiya 77 No.2 lens hood on your 70-200 f/2.8 you'll never want to use the OEM again. I've had one for years that' has outlived numerous lenses. Collapses and cushions your lens for hockey glass, same for shooting through wire mesh, lens stands on end, takes up less room .... etc. and that's all before player (and equipment) safety. Lots of old threads about this in the archives.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 8:47 PM on 08.15.13
->> Never had a rubber hood on any long lens at an NCAA football game. Most won't allow tripods, although I've seen some at games. I've not shot a lot of venues - maybe half a dozen, split between the Big Ten, Ohio Valley, Missouri Valley, CCIW. Mileage may vary between venues and conferences.
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Brian Westerholt, Photographer
Kannapolis | NC | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 08.15.13
->> I have never heard of a rubber lens hood being required for any NCAA sports. I do believe they are required when photographing the NBA.

As far as I know, for the FBS division at least, as has been mentioned - no tripods and no flash.
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Mark J. Terrill, Photographer
Simi Valley | CA | USA | Posted: 1:27 AM on 08.16.13
->> David, I couldn't agree more. The Mamiya IS a great hood and rubber hoods are required by the NBA.
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Don Bradley, Photographer
Owensboro | KY | USA | Posted: 9:29 AM on 08.16.13
->> Thanks everyone.
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Tim Casey, Photographer
Gainesville | FL | USA | Posted: 1:05 AM on 08.22.13
->> I've shot at all of the SEC stadiums, FSU and several bowl games, and have never seen a rubber lens hood requirement. I wouldn't advise using one anyway, since the lens hood is your first line of defense. As Brian wrote, tripods aren't allowed, for safety reasons.
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