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Salute to the Bulldogs

As we prepare for our last game of the season and the playoffs to follow, I wanted to share just a few of the thousands of images I captured from this perfect season.

Over the past couple of years, I watched these kids learn a lot about themselves. Last year was a lesson in losing, while keeping your head up and never give up. This year we kept that same attitude which so far has led us to an undefeated season. All the while, exercising great sportsmanship as they all know what it is like to be on the losing side of an important game.

When they would notice the opposing team were bigger in size, they knew they needed to play stronger and faster. They never gave up and this perseverance has helped them grow as a team and as individuals. These victories are a result of every single player learning their responsibilities and doing their job every day.

Thanks to everyone that takes the time to volunteer as a coach. The education does not stop when school is out. Some of life’s important lessons are learned on the field.

I am so proud of this team!

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Image of the Week | Touchdown

To keep with the Superbowl theme for this weekend, I figured a football picture was appropriate for this week. What’s better than an action sequence of a kid spiking the ball after he just scored a touchdown? I hope everyone enjoys the game and stays safe!

Image of the Week | Bulldogs 2013

In honor of opening day weekend for both the NFL and our hometown NB Bulldogs, the image of the week is the team banner that will be leading our team in today’s opening day ceremony.

Football is back. Go Bulldogs!

Epic Sports Shots – The Coach

This shot was taken two years ago during a North Babylon Football away game. I was hired to shoot the final game of the season for the 6-7 year old team in Malverne. During halftime, I was able to capture part of an animated pep talk the coach was giving his team while preparing them for the last half of football they would play for the season.

I personally have always connected with this image and I keep coming back to it because for me it captures the essence of what it means to be a coach. The emotion on the coaches face and when he touched his heart, I knew to grab the shot. Coach your knowledge with your heart. These kids listen to your words, do what you ask, they learn the game and all the situations that go along with it from you. Show them the way you know is right.

For all the coaches out there who volunteer their time to children everywhere and don’t expect anything in return but a sense of self-satisfaction, here’s to you! Whether you know it or not, most of the kids you coach will remember you forever. You are a hero to many!

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2012 Bulldogs Season Highlights

To all NB Bulldogs family, friends and guests. I have developed a web page designed specifically for the 2012 season. It contains all games, portraits and even a special section created for season highlights. There are so many images from this season, that I thought it would be nice to build a highlights gallery to summarize some great moments from the 2012 season. However, I have not yet completed my selections, so feel free to comment on a specific photo you may like and I will add it to the highlights section. A slideshow plays on the 2012 season home screen, which contains images from the season highlights gallery.

Thanks to all for your nice comments regarding the pictures this year. It’s nice to know you are enjoying them.

The Turkey Bowl images will show up in this gallery this weekend after the game, so I will not send out a specific invite for this game.

2012 Season Galleries

Mark Stumpf Photography

Enjoy,

Mark

The Perfect Season & Awesome Kids

There are so many highlights from this season, too many to capture in one post and literally over 5000 photos from the 8 game season, scrimmages and portraits. Our boys went undefeated this season and I am so proud because I was on the field and saw how it all came together. Every snap, every play of every game, we went out there and learned how to win.

There’s one more game left and my son Christopher is so happy that it’s not yet over. We were supposed to have our Turkey Bowl last weekend, but it was cancelled thanks to that fucking bitch Sandy who messed up so many peoples lives. I thought for sure we would not see another snap, but West Babylon decided they were still going to hold the Turkey Bowl and would move it to this weekend. Everyone still seems into doing it, so it’s a go. I hope our team can make it with everything that is going on lately.

Some of our All Stars. I Love This Team!!!

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NB Bulldogs Peanut Blue Game 3 at Malverne

It continues to amaze me week after week watching our team grow and evolve into a very exciting football team and group of kids. Each individual player is out there because they want to play. Yet they are actually learning the sport as a team because without your team, it is difficult to teach a young child the rules applied when playing sports, and that is what makes it fair and fun.

I am so proud of our team this year. They are all learning an important lesson of competition. You may not win every battle, but if you stay determined and focused, you can still win the war…..and they did!

The most important thing for me, which makes me feel we are doing something really good…..it’s all about the smiles.

Go Bulldogs!!!

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Some players are just bigger than others….as you can see.

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– Mark

North Babylon Bulldogs Peanut Blue–First Game

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Bulldogs peanut blue team had an awesome game this past Sunday to start the season. Keep up the good work boys.

Go Bulldogs!!!

Link to pictures from Game 1

Youth Sports

My son Christopher has become quite the aspiring athlete. Ever since he was born, I dreamt of coaching him while he learned and grew playing sports. At 5 years old, he has already played soccer, pee wee tackle football and he is now in his 3rd year of baseball.

As a manager/coach of his baseball team, I am not able to get pictures of him playing in the games, while I am on the field coaching. My wife takes care of that with her camera and she does a good job. I was always interested in trying my skills at sports photography and what better way to get a feel for it than to shoot your own kid.

When he began playing football last summer, I was able to bring my camera down to the field while he practiced and get some nice shots from outside the fence and I was happy with that. After a scrimmage game right before the season began, I shot over 300 pictures of all the players and emailed the gallery to the coaches and parents so they could see and enjoy all the photos. They were all very appreciative to see such close action pictures of their own kids playing in game.

I approached the head coach and asked if it were possible to get onto the field for all the games and shoot from the sidelines. In football, the only people allowed on the field were coaches and players. Sometime this meant that you were watching the game as far as 50 yards away. In return, I would document the entire game and be sure to get pictures of all the players and email the link from my site to the coaches and parents each week to they can see all the pictures. They were excited about the idea and now the team had an official photographer.

Each week the pictures got better and better and I was really enjoying sports photography.  I covered every game from 2011 season. The parents were enjoying the photographs each week, so much in fact that I was actually getting hired to shoot some away games for the older divisions. I began to wonder if this could be another opportunity for me. As a wedding photographer, I love shooting weddings and events. Shooting sports to me was very different and so much fun. I felt it was a perfect balance to keep shooting all the time and never get tired of it.

I recently went to register my son for football this upcoming season and I met the commissioner who had apparently seen some of the photos I took from last year. He asked if I would be interested in covering some of the games this coming season for him and the photos would be showcased in the league newsletter and who knows what else will come of it.

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