I shot a local rugby tournament yesterday. 9 hours on site, LOTS of sun. When I shoot a single rugby game I stand and use a monopod with gripped 40D & 70-200. Yesterday, I brought a chair because I didn't want to stand for 9 hours. I did not sit the whole time. My chair was positioned center back of the goal area.
I noticed as the action got closer that it was hard to maneuver the camera and monopod to get good framing when the action was close to the try zone but at either side line.
I tried taking the camera off the monopod, but that lens gets heavy fast.
Consequently, my keeper rate from 9 hours on site was ABYSMAL. Most of the games I shoot are local and I have full access to all points along the field.
Do I suck it up and plan on standing for long events?
Do I bring knee pads and kneel? ( I am 46, this is NOT the best option)
If I use a chair and the monopod use is awkward, should I take camera off monopod?
I do have a second body, should I switch to other body and smaller lens (24-105) for closer action?