Hudl Question on D 4 Thread

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The biggest question that I have is the one about headsets. I have never heard of a high school staff having to turn off their headsets if some else's sets aren't working.

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White hat

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I posted the following response in that thread but I'll post it here, too. Might be good for some discussion.

1. There is No rule about headsets requiring a team to turn theirs off if the other team's don't work. That's an NFL rule. It has no bearing in high school.

From the Case Book:
1.6.1 SITUATION B:

During the game, the coach of Team B reports to the referee that (a) his wireless access has been interrupted and that he cannot use the software package he normally uses to record in-game details, or (b) Team B's headphones are not working.

RULING: In (a) and (b), whether or not the headphones are working on either side does not come under the authority of the game officials, unless directed by the state association. (Virginia has no such state directions)


2. The rules allow coaches to use video on the sideline all they want. They cannot show it to players who are between the 9 yard marks on the field and they cannot show it to officials.

The only reason a coach would want to show it to officials would be to challenge a call or to point out a mistake. This used to be spelled out as unsportsmanlike conduct when use of electronics during the game was banned. Now that electronics are allowed, it's still unsportsmanlike conduct to show it to an official, it just falls into other categories.

3. Flying a drone over a stadium is not only against VHSL Rule, it's against FEDERAL LAW. The FAA allows drone use in this situation by licensed (FAA Part 107 license holders) over closed practices or such places where the public is not gathered and it is assumed that all participants understand and accept any risks. A public gathering like a game is a NO FLY ZONE. The fine is $10,000 if there's a report made to the FAA and it's verified. Chances are small anyone would be prosecuted, but if a drone comes down and injures someone in the public, federal prison will await the operator.
 
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I posted the following response in that thread but I'll post it here, too. Might be good for some discussion.

1. There is No rule about headsets requiring a team to turn theirs off if the other team's don't work. That's an NFL rule. It has no bearing in high school.

From the Case Book:
1.6.1 SITUATION B:

During the game, the coach of Team B reports to the referee that (a) his wireless access has been interrupted and that he cannot use the software package he normally uses to record in-game details, or (b) Team B's headphones are not working.

RULING: In (a) and (b), whether or not the headphones are working on either side does not come under the authority of the game officials, unless directed by the state association. (Virginia has no such state directions)


2. The rules allow coaches to use video on the sideline all they want. They cannot show it to players who are between the 9 yard marks on the field and they cannot show it to officials.

The only reason a coach would want to show it to officials would be to challenge a call or to point out a mistake. This used to be spelled out as unsportsmanlike conduct when use of electronics during the game was banned. Now that electronics are allowed, it's still unsportsmanlike conduct to show it to an official, it just falls into other categories.

3. Flying a drone over a stadium is not only against VHSL Rule, it's against FEDERAL LAW. The FAA allows drone use in this situation by licensed (FAA Part 107 license holders) over closed practices or such places where the public is not gathered and it is assumed that all participants understand and accept any risks. A public gathering like a game is a NO FLY ZONE. The fine is $10,000 if there's a report made to the FAA and it's verified. Chances are small anyone would be prosecuted, but if a drone comes down and injures someone in the public, federal prison will await the operator.
How far away from the stadium would you have to keep the drone to be legal? (During a public event).
 

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That's subjective. If there's a fence around the area, as there usually is so people have to come in through the gate, then certainly beyond the fence line. But even then it might not be OK. If the fence line is private property and the drone operator has permission from the land owner to fly, then the fence line is good enough. If outside the fence is just more public property, as in the school, parking area, road or park where people would be parking or walking to the game, then that's also a no fly zone for anyone operating a drone as part of anything that could be considered a job r occupational task. Flying as a hobby or using it as a toy is OK, but once you start filming a football game, it's not OK.