To me, the best sports photos are those that capture the intensity of the game. If you take enough sports photos, you'll discover that the importance of the game matters to the level of intensity expressed by the athletes in your shots. Athletes (even young ones) step it up a notch or two when the outcome of a game has real benefits for them.
The photos below were taken last weekend at the Jefferson Cup in Virginia. This specific game meant the difference between playing in the championship game later in the day or going home.