Monday, July 09, 2018

2018 USA Games--Competition

After team introductions, each team exchanges gifts with the other team
July 1-6--Seattle, WA--One of the greatest athletic events, 2018 USA Games Special Olympics is an incredible showcase of athletic talent.  My involvement with Special Olympics started in 1986.  From local games, to national and international competitions, I have seen dedicated, hard working, enthusiastic, talented, courteous, determined, good natured, caring and the most sportsmanship oriented athletes. These games proved no different.

In between officiating games, was able to photograph several games.

No Fear
Challenging the seven-foot defender
One play that is misunderstood by fans is the block/charge foul.  Each player is entitled to a spot on the floor as long as she/he gets there first.  However, the defensive player has to establish the legal guarding position, two feet on the floor facing the opponent.  Sounds simple? Well, maybe.  Look at this series, from the sequential images, what happened?  As an official, you have to make a split second decision.
Two feet on the floor, facing the opponent

Defensive player, is he falling before contact?
What can you see?
As a coach, you love to see your players take the charge.  
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All Photographs 2018 Copyright Laurence L. Levin
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All photos made with Nikon D850 and Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8  shot in available light at the University of Washington,

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