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Field Etiquette Guide for Photographers
Michael Augustin, Photographer
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 8:58 PM on 08.24.16
->> I was approached by an AD who is interested in distributing a field etiquette guide for photographers for the upcoming football season. The guide is really targeting all the moms & dads, students, team "pro" photographers, etc who like to walk in front of everyone and have no clue as to boundaries,etc.

Anyone have something I can use or something to get started?

Thanks!
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 9:26 PM on 08.24.16
->> Haha, I'm sure we could crowdsource something right here pretty easily. It would just need to be edited/cleaned-up into a cohesive package.

I'll start...

• Stay behind the line! Stepping forward or leaning out might help you get a better photograph, but you just blocked all of the other photographers who can now only see the back of your head instead of the big play.
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Michael Augustin, Photographer
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 10:36 PM on 08.24.16
->> If you are not actually shooting the game, stay off the sidelines so that the photographers can shoot the game.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 8:36 AM on 08.25.16
->> If you stand behind me, make sure I know you are there! The linebacker is not going to be the first one to run over you first if you don't.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 10:33 AM on 08.25.16
->> Here at some of the Utah colleges it is a pecking order. Naturally, the official TV provider's videographers go up and down the sidelines and end zones in front of everyone. Then for those behind the line, the first row are media credentialed still and TV photographers with the stills kneeling. And then behind them are the guests and donors.

Should a media person come up to an area where the guests/donors are right behind the line, then they have to take a step back to make room for the media. And if the guest/donor doesn't step back the security people are usually quick to move them. This has worked pretty well. But then, here in Utah there may be a only a dozen media on the entire field so there is usually plenty of room.
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Chris Machian, Photographer, Assistant
omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 10:44 AM on 08.25.16
->> 1. No cheering.
2.No complaining to the referees.
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Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 11:17 AM on 08.25.16
->> -Credentialed members of the press on the sidelines to cover the game should not wear team colors, jerseys, or memorabilia bearing team logos. I can't believe this has to be said, but they should also not be drinking alcohol.

-This tends to vary depending on the size of the venue and the teams, but as a general rule, do not stop behind the zoned team areas to take pictures. Move through quickly, and make way for other photographers who are changing end zones if they are moving faster than you. Do not photograph from inside the team areas.

-Not only stay behind the line, but know which line is which! It's that dotted one that all the other photographers are behind, not the solid one with the hash marks next to it.

-Tripods are a hazard to players and should not be used on the sidelines. Monopods should be used instead, because they have a smaller footprint and are much easier to move out of the way.

-Be aware that you are on the sidelines of a football game and should be watching every play in the event a player exits the playing field and runs over you. There is a very real risk of injury if you are not paying attention.
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Peter Aiken, Photographer
Manhattan | KS | USA | Posted: 12:59 PM on 08.25.16
->> After a number of years suggesting to a Big 12 school I cover, they installed the two line system on the field. The first dotted line is for only credentialed media to stand or kneel behind. The second solid line, about two yards behind the media line, is for all non-media (alums, boosters and such) to stand behind. The media personal have priority and all non-media must stand behind the solid line. Also, no one under the age of 16 is allowed on the sidelines period. This has been in effect for two seasons now and has worked fairly well.
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 2:07 PM on 08.25.16
->> Wear your credentials and have any press ID handy if asked for it.

Park in media area if there is one, or be ready to shell out a few bucks for parking.

Use just ONE space when in the press box.

If the wireless is slow, bring your own cat cable(s). An ethernet switch box should always be in your laptop bag for sharing if just one hardwire port is available.

Dress like a pro and not a beach bum/crack whore.

Observe all rules of the venue. IE: Tobacco use/drinking/etc.
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Stanley Leary, Photographer, Photo Editor
Roswell | GA | | Posted: 12:44 PM on 08.26.16
->> I would suggest looking at any college or pro media guide. All of them have rules which are pretty universal with some specific guidelines due to venue.
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Ron Kovach, Photographer
Kennedale | TX | USA | Posted: 10:44 AM on 08.27.16
->> Since you live in Texas high school plays by NCAA rule), start off with the NCAA Football rules, 12 feet from boundary from 25 yd line to goaline.

Noone allowed in team area 25 yd line to 25 yd line.

These believe it or not are safety rules for officials and then sidelines, nasty incident in San Antonio years ago with lawsuits, and it involved coaches and officials.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 5:48 PM on 08.27.16
->> "Dress like a pro and not a beach bum/crack whore."

Now wait just a darn minute!
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Kenya Allen, Photographer
Columbia | MD | US | Posted: 11:57 AM on 08.30.16
->> For the safety of the players, try to avoid leaving gear on the ground. Once watched a guy bail on a play in the back of the endzone while leaving his 2nd camera on the ground. The player stepped on it, but thankfully was not injured. Needless to say, the coaching staff and AD were not happy at all..
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David Rosenblum, Photographer
Jacksonville Beach | Fl | USA | Posted: 3:19 PM on 08.30.16
->> Pay attention to your surroundings.
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 3:58 PM on 09.01.16
->> @ Jim C: You sir have earned the right to dress like a crack whore. Tramp stamp included.
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Aaron Babcock, Photo Editor, Photographer
Lincoln | NE | | Posted: 1:50 PM on 09.05.16
->> Photographers (or anyone else for that matter) should never be seated on the sidelines. Kneeling or standing allows you to get out of the way of an oncoming player. Sitting on the sideline endangers you and the players.
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Jack Kelley, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:54 PM on 09.05.16
->> Here's a link to the "nasty incident" Ron mentions: http://bit.ly/2bZ6JX1
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