Image by mightyboybrian
I can vouch for the "spray and pray" method working with sports. Once all your settings are right, keep the composition on the subject, track him with an auto focus point and mash the shutter button. You’re bound to get a great image eventually! I know the face of the ball-holder isn’t as visible as some of the other shots from this album but I think the feeling of motion is one of the best I captured.
I attended the Norrix VS Central game with my wife this past Saturday and I spent 3/4 of the game on the sidelines photographing.