Beginning with the 2015 season, teams will be allowed to use video monitoring or replay equipment for coaching purposes during games, according to the latest rule ratification from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Previously, video equipment was permitted but it could not be used during games for coaching purposes.
“With advancements in technology, it was extremely difficult for officials to determine if teams were using video replay during games,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and educational services and liaison to the Baseball Rules Committee. “The committee determined it was the right time to permit teams to use these technological aids if they so choose.”
OHSAA assistant commissioner Jerry Snodgrass attended a committee meeting last week and said the use of video equipment for coaching purposes during a game basically catches baseball up to other sports. “Technology has become so small and affordable that monitoring it’s use and prohibitions became nearly impossible for an umpire,” Snodgrass told The Enquirer.
Snodgrass said the committee felt there was not any significant competitive advantage to be gained and the affordability and availability of video equipment has become more readily available.
“It was somewhat of a non-issue of discussion at the NFHS meeting,” Snograss said. “Baseball was the last sport that held on to prohibiting its usage for coaching purposes. I took it that the committee simply felt ‘it was time’ to let go and put everyone on the same page.”
(OHSAA commissioner Dr. Dan Ross pictured here)