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Texas discusses instant replay in high school football

July 25, 2017 / Athletic AdministrationFootball
The governing body for high school sports in Texas might consider adding instant replay for football in the coming years.

Photo: Brian Cantoni

According to the Houston Chronicle, University Interscholastic League (UIL) Director of Athletics Susan Elza told media on Monday that the idea had been discussed by UIL members. Though nothing is imminent, advanced technology makes replay more feasible for high school teams that previously didn’t have the resources for it.

From the Houston Chronicle:

“I know that we’ve been kicking the can around in our office and just try to make sure we research that,” Elza said. “We’re in a day and a time where technology is in place and do we need to have this video capture of certain plays like they have in NCAA? We’re going to continue to talk about that topic and consider maybe adding that to a 6A game at some point in the future.

“But there’s a lot of conversation on that and we want y’all to know that’s something that we do think is important just given the day and time. We are in the 21st century.”

Last year, Alabama experimented with instant replay during two spring football games. The Alabama High School Athletic Association partnered with Hudl to provide the game film for referees, and the association planned to later examine the results and gather feedback from coaches.

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