Recently there have been Christmas parades at night, tours of decorated homes etc. but I feel much more at home covering sports. My age and arthritis challenges me to sit on a hard floor at the end of a college court, so I almost always turn-down that assignment. Basketball has even lighting and it is in climate controlled environments. That makes me happy. Some advice for those shooting basketball would be:
>Shutter speed at 1/640 or faster, When shooting under the goal, do at least EV +1, maybe more or the faces will be too dark.
>Choose a different court position every quarter, this has made my photos look different than others shooters who just stay under the baskets. I shoot from behind benches and at midcourt. I like to stand at the corner of the the court that is on the right-handed shooter's open side or "left hand down" side.
>Shoot to the spot where the action is moving into. Know the game, make an educated guess what action is about to happen.
>Get safe shots early
Coach speaking to team during a full timeout when players are seated
A player shooting a free throw
Players dribbling and directing others
>Watch for floor battles like held balls, or traffic in the lane, that is where the best "faces" in photos occur.
>Pass up the shooter shooting, focus on the net to get focus, then come down to get ready for the rebound photo.
IMHO, Players attempting a jump shot is not a very interesting photo.
These are some of my learned behaviors. I would be interested in getting feedback from sports shooters as to what is in your head about technique in the sports that you shoot.