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Old Fri Apr 13, 2018, 06:56am
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Here we go..............

Instant replay approved for Alabama HS football, starting this fall - al.com

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Old Fri Apr 13, 2018, 09:42am
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It's either that, or, like GA, entertain protests over judgment calls.
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Old Fri Apr 13, 2018, 10:37am
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I believe New Jersey is going that way too. How many schools have TV cameras set up to even make it possible?
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Old Fri Apr 13, 2018, 10:50am
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Eh, I'm not bothered by it. I don't live there.

If they're going to use our usual HUDL views -- sideline and endzone -- they're going to be sadly disappointed. The biggest arguments will be over all the calls that are left to stand because there isn't enough evidence to overturn them.

In our state I wouldn't be thrilled with this if they spend money on this instead of making pay for officials more competitive.
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Old Fri Apr 13, 2018, 12:44pm
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If the Powers That Be want us to wander over to a sideline, look at a crappy Hudl film for 15 seconds, and announce "The ruling on the field stands"... sure, whatever.

On a related note, they did use replay in the semifinals and finals this year here in MN... only 3 out of 17 replay stoppages resulted in reversals. And those games were all played in the Vikings stadium, with a lot more cameras than the typical High School football game.
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Old Fri Apr 13, 2018, 02:10pm
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It seems no matter how many examples we see of pandering to the extremes, rather than simply correcting them, is usually a waste of time, we keep trying.

The problem seems not that we have any great increase of extreme people asking for things, as much as we seem to have a great many more, otherwise rational people, willing to take extreme requests seriously. I believe Coach Lombardi warned us, "Never let the pursuit of perfection, interfere with the delivery of excellence".

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Old Fri Apr 13, 2018, 05:42pm
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This will be experimental for up to three years. I'll keep you posted as we get more information about how this will work.

Personally, I plan to apply for a RO job.
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Old Fri Apr 13, 2018, 11:44pm
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Further details on the mechanics of how this will go down...

Sorry, CT1, no replay official outside of state championship games! R and a non-involved official will go watch an iPad on the sideline. This should go well...

How will instant replay work in Alabama HS football? Answering 20 questions | AL.com
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Old Sat Apr 14, 2018, 08:02am
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The worst thing about this is having to "officiate to replay" in some games, but using our normal "When In Doubt" philosophies in others.
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Old Sat Apr 14, 2018, 01:28pm
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The questions/answers on the referenced article provides an excellent summary of some of the major concerns, and plans, for this proposal.

Not surprisingly, in view of all the recent concerns about "the growing length of Interscholastic Football games duration", the article suggests this proposal (Replay Review) anticipates adding 20-30 minutes to actual game time (which will be verified during the test period).

Considering the limited general benefit, that has actually accrued to games played at higher levels (unique to their individual environments), the size, scope and anticipated expense of expanding this additional across the HS level Football spectrum, it raises reasonable questions of "risk/effort vs reward/need".
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Old Sat Apr 14, 2018, 01:32pm
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The NF has spent the last few months telling any media outlet that will listen how the shortage of officials is reaching crisis levels. Multiple newspapers in multiple states have printed the story. But now we have Alabama basically saying "Hold muh beer".

This is about as tone deaf as it gets.
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Old Sat Apr 14, 2018, 07:10pm
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Maybe Alabama has a surplus of football officials, instead of a deficit, and will be promoting subvarsity officials to varsity games, especially with instant replay coming in :P. Maybe those games with replay will also be 7-man games .
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Old Thu Apr 19, 2018, 01:27pm
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Who is the winner in this? The kids... Nope, The officials.... Nope, or DVSports (Ding Ding Ding)????
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Old Thu Apr 19, 2018, 10:21pm
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How many schools have TV cameras set up to even make it possible?
The coaches video the games.
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Old Thu Apr 19, 2018, 10:22pm
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The coaches video the games.
And those are not very good angles.

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