I am not a sports photographer but when your son is on a basketball team and you go to all the games and tournaments what else are you supposed to do? I spend most of my time photographing his games on the sidelines, trying to acti like of sports photographer, but I still consider myself an event photographer, capturing the memories of my son and his team playing the game.
Sports photography isn't easy. You to move fast, anticipate what will happen next and try to capture as much peak action and emotion from the players as you can. Zoom in as close as you can with the fastest lens you can find in order to capture that action and emotion to make your images pop. Be prepared to take lots of images as only a few will stand out as keepers after the game. If you do it right, you can make any player look like a star in your photographs.