Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
Note: I shoot wide open (using the lowest numbered f/stop) on whichever lens I’m using at the time, and I don’t change my f/stop the entire day.
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 of a second or faster
Note: For late afternoon or night games, I turn on Auto ISO and I set my MINIMUM shutter speed to 1/1000 of a second, so no matter what, I’ll also have at least 1/1000 of a second to freeze the action.
ISO: Bright Sunny Day Games: 100 ISO. Cloudy Days: 200 ISO. Night games: Auto ISO (see Shutter Speed above).
White Balance: Auto for day and night games, but I adjust it if it looks funky at night or if I’m shooting in a dome. A lot depends on the lighting in the stadium.
Focus Mode: AI Servo (Continuous Focus Mode on Canon bodies)
Auto Focus (AF) Area Selection Mode: AF point expansion (up, down, left, and right)
Focus Control: Back Button Focus
Shooting Mode: High-Speed Continuous (burst mode)