“The problem would be cost,” said Detroit Public School’s sports information director Chuck Johnson. “It would probably cost too much money to put cameras in high school facilities and then have somebody on top of that review those videos and make a decision in a timely fashion. That’s a pro type situation I mean you know the NFL has the resources to have instant replay but most high school districts don’t have that kind of money to spend on instant replay.”
Advances in technology have make it possible for coaches, players, and fans to use instant replays at the high school level, but could high school referees use this technology one day as a means to correct calls?
ReplayLocker is a system that wirelessly sends highlights from multiple cameras to smart phones or tablets at an event. The system is $5,500 for the main replay server. Coaches, players, and fans would still need cameras to film the event. They would be able to wirelessly send plays to people who have the app on their phone or tablet.
ReplayLocker representative Philip Kazmierowicz said: “It was something we thought people wanted, and so we thought hey, if people are going to be interested in something like this, you know right now most high schools don’t have a big video board so if you see a great play it’s over, it’s gone. And so this way not only can you watch it again, it will stay on your smartphone so you can go home and watch it.”
An instant replay will allow referees and officials to instantly review plays during a game. Teams and referees would benefit because they would be able to review plays and make sure the right call was made.
This past year, the Cass Tech’s basketball team has lost games due to missed calls that decided the outcome of a game.
On March 13 during a regional final game, the Cass Tech boy’s basketball team lost to the University of Detroit-Jesuit, 52-51. U-D Jesuit was able to make two free throws in the closing seconds of the game that resulted in its one point win over Cass Tech. However, at the time U-D Jesuit had six players on the court and no call was made. The violation was caught on camera by fans and was shared on social media the following day.
“The thing about instant replay is depending on how it’s set up those types of plays could or could not be up for review,” said Cass Tech boys basketball coach David Dixon. “So simply having instant replay wouldn’t necessarily change the outcome of those situations. Those situations would have to be covered by the rules that the instant replay is operated under.”
Basketball is not the only sport where bad calls are made. There have been instances of bad calls in baseball and football as well.
“Like calls at the plate the ump may not see the catcher actually hitting the runner coming in,” said Cass Tech senior baseball player Damarcus Green, who plays first and third base. “But in actuality the catcher may hit him or vice versa, which could result in losing a game. An instant replay is needed just so the game can run more efficiently and fluently. I don’t think refs should be penalized because everybody makes mistakes, but the replay could help make the game better,” .
For some players, high school may be the last time they put on a jersey. It might be the last time they would have the opportunity to win a championship. With so much pressure, a bad call can leave a team devastated. Since missed calls in games are frequent, teams have to mentally prepare themselves for bad calls.
“It doesn’t feel good knowing the calls aren’t right especially if the game is on the line and you worked all of season and it all can get taken away from a call that wasn’t the right one,” said Cass Teach junior Weber, an All-America running back. “We actually practice and prepare ourselves for bad calls before the game even starts because we know we’re going to get a call or two against us.”