CHSAA, GWCs and 15 Yard Penalties

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Everyone loves a good photo of their son or daughter from the big game. With the cost of professional level digital photography equipment dipping into consumer territory, its easier than ever to make that photo. Therein lies the problem.

Last Friday, I covered the first in state Columbine High School football game against Thomas Jefferson. In all the years I have covered high school football, I have only been asked to produce a credential a handful of times. Usually I would be asked at the front gate of the stadium and that would be it. However, this year was a surprise. A woman who I believe to be the athletics director for TJ, (my fault for not remembering her name) actually asked me for my press credentials while I was working on the sidelines.

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Professional Attire

I understand that you want to be on the sidelines. I understand you want pictures of your daughter playing soccer. I understand that you want to justify purchasing $3000 worth of camera equipment to your wife. But understand this: if you want to act like a professional, you need to behave like a professional.

There are certain rules that you must adhere to in order to be on the sidelines. The lines on the field are there for the safety of the players, coaches and referees. When you cross over that line you are directly in the playable area. Referees run through this area. Players will dive into this area to save the ball from going out of bounds. This is not a safe place to be.

And lastly, you have to wear shoes on the sidelines. I’m not sure what gave you the idea that this acceptable but it is not. Please dress accordingly.

2011 CHSAA State Wrestling: Day 3 Finals

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After 2 days, only one of the schools in our coverage area had a grappler in the finals. Conifer High School’s Travis Himmelman wrestled Valor Christian High School’s Torey Welch in the Class 4A 145lbs final match. Much to my surprise (sarcasm) Himmelman, with a 37-1 record going into state, once again destroyed the competition and claimed a third state title in 4 years. It made for some good pictures and probably the cover of the High Timber Times this week.

Not everything was good throughout the weekend though. An increasing trend seems to be credentialing MWCs (moms with cameras) to state events. The sidelines were extremely crowded during the finals. Although I have only covered state wrestling for 4 years, I have never seen as many photographers as I did this year. I actually overheard “I’m just a mom with a camera,” that proved my suspicions about the number of “media” at the event. I saw at least 20 people that fell into the MWC category last night. It’s starting to become a problem.

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