Sports are about passion and competition
A perfectly timed shot may look incredible, but it always falls short of one that tells a story. A hockey player winding up for a goal is less memorable than the image of an opponent with dread in his eyes racing to catch him. Tension creates a great photo. For example, in one photo of redmen basketball player Dele Ogundokun preparing to take a free-throw in front of a sold-out crowd during the RSEQ basketball finals, there’s only one player as a main focus and there’s no sign of him moving. In another scenario, this could look incredibly boring. In this instance, the sold-out stands were part of the spectacle, and capturing their eagerness along with the players focus conveyed the importance and intensity of this game. It worked really well—you feel like everyone’s stopped for the moment while the player is about to shoot, and you can feel how focused he is. Even though it’s not the typical sports action shot, it works just as well (if not better).
Finally, read up on the sport
This one’s a pretty simple tip, but actually knowing how the sport works really helps, because then you can know when important things are going to happen, and you don’t risk missing it.