Many ppl make servicable Cam-Poles but leave them straight so the lower foreground is blocked by the pole,
If you use a camera pole put a 45D bend just past the cam-mount on the Lens side of the pole, 10" from this another 45D bend in the opposite direction so you have a the main length parallel to the original part of the pole that the cam is mounted too.
Frame the shot so that only the last cupla feet of the hand-end is visible in the shot, this will take the ugly pole out of the bottom of the shot AND give more viewing area, if you're sneaky the viewer may not notice that you are holding the pole. Black poles are less noticeable than lighter colors.
I find a lens about 135D is good for Sports, an example can be seen here on my Paragliding video, (a few minutes into the Video at Time: 3.50)http://www.youtube.com/user/Skymaxy?ble ... Z205NMRDAE