1. Check out your equipment, clean your lens, charge batteries and clear off your memory cards.
2. Use your monopod with heavier lenses.
3. If you are not familiar with the sport you will be shooting, learn some of the rules and watch the big boys on TV know what to expect.
4. Stay out of the way of the action and the referees.
5. Look for moments of jubulation or disappointment.
6. Try different angles, low or high.
7. Watch your backgrounds, easier said than done with youth sports, but try to keep the background clean.
8. Work with the light you have, early morning and late afternoon games are great, the light gets under those helmets.