Will a little effort and planning, getting an autograph from an athlete at a sporting event is not terribly difficult. If you have a child, niece, or nephew from seven to ten years old, you can use them as your autograph hound – athletes respond favorably to this group. They will sign for almost anyone, however, if you remember certain rules. First, you will have to ask at least half an hour before the contest, or wait until the player is leaving the building. Second, be polite and not pushy. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Third, always have pen and paper and do not shove them directly into the face of the athlete. Present them from a distance, and in a non-threatening manner. If you stick with this basic plan, you will able to get an autograph from most athletes by yourself, and let your relatives fend for themselves.