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Apr 26, 2015 19:19 |  #16

JM45ACP wrote in post #17533566 (external link)
Its not even like I go to every event I would just like to get a few good shots of my daughter participating in her events without interfering. My wife was just saying she thinks there may be some sort of pass I can get so I'm going to look into it a bit more if not then ill just shoot from the sidelines I don't want to make a big deal out of it. I highly doubt anyone would have an issue with me taking pictures there are a lot of parents doing this.
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Although talking to the coach may or may not be helpful the people you want to speak with are the Athletic Director for your school, the Principal, or someone at the Board of Education in charge of editorial and photographical releases. The principal should be able to direct you to the correct person same as the athletic director. This is specific to your desire to be on the sidelines/in the field event areas. Without prior permission to shoot as part of the yearbook staff or some prior understanding and possibly filing and signing of certain forms each school/district has it's own set of legal issues that they usually want taken care of.

Now if you are in the stands or in an area that any other spectating parent is normal not warded off from and taking pictures and you are only shooting YOUR specific child you are ok (unless other people are identifiable and then you come into a different set of issues). I know in our district students and athletes get forms allowing video and photographic releases that must be signed by parents and sometimes you have them say they do not allow such. There is an ever shifting line on how many people view this and where you can stand legally it seems.

None of this advice even covers the issue of selling prints... that might come into other problems as sometimes schools and districts have exclusive contracts with certain people or companies for specific niches in terms of photography for their schools and districts (and that is also a different argumentative ball of wax!)


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Apr 26, 2015 19:21 |  #17

bpalermini wrote in post #17533588 (external link)
Even those of us who are out there often forget the danger zones, to check before crossing the track, etc.

Yea, track meets can be especially dangerous as they tend to have multiple events occurring at one time where it is easy to get tangled up with an athlete and cause them or yourself some injury! (Spoken as a former track athlete, current parent, and teacher)


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Apr 28, 2015 14:53 |  #18

I shoot high school track all the time. I have never been hassled by coaches or parents. If you arrive early and speak to folks (coaches and or parents) and hand out some business cards it may help. Also if you have some kind of credential even one of your own cards in a holder hung around your neck, it gives people the indication that you are supposed to be there. If you do this repeatedly for several weeks folks get used to the fact that you are just doing your job and they will leave you alone. Always be aware of your surroundings when shooting, at a track meet there are usually several things going on at the same time.


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May 10, 2015 20:56 |  #19

blksporty wrote in post #17536136 (external link)
I shoot high school track all the time. I have never been hassled by coaches or parents. If you arrive early and speak to folks (coaches and or parents) and hand out some business cards it may help. Also if you have some kind of credential even one of your own cards in a holder hung around your neck, it gives people the indication that you are supposed to be there. If you do this repeatedly for several weeks folks get used to the fact that you are just doing your job and they will leave you alone. Always be aware of your surroundings when shooting, at a track meet there are usually several things going on at the same time.

Please clarify:

Did you go inside the "field" to shoot or were you close to the sidelines but not inside of them? This seems to be an important issue here and there seems to be general agreement that going inside the "field of action" would in general not be allowed...


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May 10, 2015 23:51 |  #20

Jon wrote in post #17532541 (external link)
Ask your offspring's coach.

As a gymnastics coach... this.

I'm sure it's a bit different for field sports, but if/when a parent asks if they can take some pictures of their kids I'm usually OK with it as long as they know to keep the flash off and not get in my (or their child's) way.

For a game I'm sure it'd be equally important to make sure you're not obstructing the view of any other parents.


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