The AFL has unusually great access for fans and field photographers. It’s the only sport that I cover that actually allows us to be on the playing field during games. It allows us to get better action pictures, but you really have to be aware of what's happening on the field so you can get out of the way in a hurry when you need to do so.
The first Orlando Predators game I covered, the kick returner actually bumped into my lens hood while backing up to receive the kickoff. I realized I was dealing with different rules and I backed up a couple of steps. I took a picture to illustrate the access at last weekend’s Predators/Jacksonville Sharks game.
The fans also have a great deal of access. I watched as Predators fullback Marlon Moye-Moore flipped a ball to a young fan who was leaning onto the field. The fans can reach over the playing field and touch the players during games. Fan access is encouraged by the league. T-shirt tosses and other prize giveaways during the game are constant and include the fans in the pageantry.
During the recent Predators/Sharks game, Orlando wide receiver Jason Geathers actually fell over the wall and was credited with a touchdown. (The touchdown was taken away due to a holding penalty, but nonetheless it was ruled valid.) These rules, where the field is almost part of the spectator area, makes for interesting interaction!Copyright © 2015, CT Now