For decades, football had a set operating procedure for in-game adjustments that was ingrained to anyone around the sport. When an offensive or defensive unit came off the field, the players would crowd around the head coach, a coordinator or a combination of the two to discuss what just worked on the previous possession and what needed to be changed or adjusted the next time they stepped on the field.
But like with many other aspects in sports, technology has changed the way the game is played.
Players have traded in-game strategy sessions with coaches for iPads or crowding around a sideline television to view video that was pulled seconds ago from the field. At least, this is the way it is done at the high school level.
In a strange twist, technology on football sidelines is more prevalent than any other level of football despite the millions of dollars being made throughout college football and the billions being pulled in by the NFL. Despite having by far the least amount of resources at their disposal, you will often see more technology on an Alabama high school football sideline than on the sideline of a University of Alabama SEC game.
This was able to come about when the the National Federation of State High School Associations expanded its rules related to technology use on football sidelines three years ago. This has enabled coaches to tap on-field action during games and easily dissect the footage from iPads and/or televisions on the sidelines all before the next punt or kickoff.
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