ROBBINSVILLE — Some New Jersey high school football games could use video replay to review officials’ calls this season.
Jack Dubois, the assistant director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, said Wednesday the organization has received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations to experiment with video replay for one year. The NJSIAA governs most New Jersey high school sports.
“It’s not going to be anything to the measure of the NFL,” DuBois said. “It will be minor if anything.”
DuBois said a committee will meet next week to discuss how and when video replay would be used.
“It’s not going to be mandated,” DuBois said. “It’s going to be voluntary.”
DuBois said the schools would most likely use technology from hudl.com for video replay. Teams already use that website to record games. DuBois said he envisions the replay being used at no more than a handful of games.
DuBois said Minnesota used video replay for its playoff games this past season. Arizona and Alabama have expressed interest in using video replay, according to Dubois.
“We feel like if we’re ever going to use it for the playoffs,” DuBois said, “we have to use it during the regular season to give people experience with it.”
In other football news, the NJSIAA wants teams to have better control of their sidelines this season, according to DuBois. People on the sideline will be required to wear passes either from the league, the NJSIAA or the school to show that they belong there.
“There’s a concern on the part of the (game) officials,” DuBois said, “that they don’t know who a lot of these people are on the sidelines. We’re asking our member schools to tighten up the security on the sideline.”
Baseball: The NJSIAA will require home teams to provide an adult to count pitches during varsity-only games this spring.
This adult’s total will be official. NJSIAA officials still urge home and visiting teams to talk after each half-inning to make sure each team agrees on the pitch count.
A student manager can still count pitches during junior varsity and freshman games. The adult can be a coach, but the NJSIAA would rather see the job done by an individual whose only job is to count pitches.
“We prefer it not be a coach,” NJSIAA director Larry White said, “because we realize coaches sometimes get engrossed in coaching and not counting.”