By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Managing Editor
A Michigan coach noticed coaches on opposing sidelines using technology that his team did not have at its disposal. He made two purchases for about $3,000 and caught up on the fly.
Sideline Video Rules
Livonia Franklin (Mich.) coach Chris Kelbert stared across the field during a game against a conference rival in the fall of 2014 and realized his team was at a disadvantage.
“They were making adjustments on the sideline using video,” Kelbert said. “We didn’t even know if it was legal. We needed to get with the times.”
Kelbert purchased iPads for a cost of between $300 and $400 per device and organized his coaching staff so that they could take advantage of a sideline replay system. One coach captures video on an iPad using HUDL software. Then, that coach edits the content, and brings it to the sideline so it can be shared with coaches and players. Livonia Franklin has been using sideline replay for two seasons.
Kelbert, who calls the offensive plays for Livonia Franklin, often requests to see a replay when a play that he felt should have worked does not yield positive yards.
“You don’t have to watch everything,” Kelbert said. “You plan all week for things you think are going to happen. In-game, things change and it’s helpful to review plays so you can determine what the opposing team is doing even quicker than before.”
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