Video replay for high school football? Not anytime soon in New Jersey
If you're loving the idea of New Jersey possibly introducing the use of video replay for close calls during high school football games, don't hold your breath.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association says there are currently no plans in place to do so, even if the move gets the green light from the national level.
On Monday, MyCentralJersey.com reported New Jersey could become the first state in the nation to allow officials to take multiple looks at turnovers and scores, among others parts of the game. A pilot program would include select schools equipped with a wireless program that allows instant replay on a tablet, the article said.
In an emailed statement to New Jersey 101.5, NJSIAA said "individual representatives of the football officials community" requested that the association reach out to the National Federation of State High School Associations regarding the potential for video replay.
"The implementation of even a limited pilot program would require approval from the NFHS, as well as from multiple groups within NJSIAA," the statement read.
NJSIAA has agreed to "advance the question," but said no policies or programs on replay are currently in place, and there are no plans to take any action if approval is granted.
According to MyCentralJersey.com, coaches in all states except Texas and Massachusetts are permitted to review video on the sidelines as a teaching tool for players during a game.
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