Body Cameras Levelling Up High School Basketball

Body Cameras with Audio

High school sports in Washington, listen up. No more clashing and arguing with the judges about if it was an unsportsmanlike or wild kind of behavior or not. It is all now documented and recorded through body cameras with audio that always capture sensitive moments to create a timestamp.

For the love of this game, the least to be said is how crucial this body-worn camera is. I can feel relieved from now on for the extremely anxious moments where the game is at its peak or it’s a tie for both teams.

What is the Body Camera for?

The body camera uses a lens to document visuals on a sensor, the same that goes on the phone camera; the microphone picks up the ambience during the game. It has a small hard drive that saves videos and audio files in the internal storage. It is a wearable camera that is held on the neck of the judge for example. It saves the game from unfair fouls and goals.

Coaches, players, and fans get your head in the game because it’s going to be fairly tough. The stress that elevates during the game is unmatchable, particularly when incidents like verbal abuse technical fouls, and physical altercations. Well, in other words, verbal abuse is ‘trash-talk’, that’s what they call it in MBA, maybe giving themselves the green card to curse, underestimate, harass, or discriminate against the players’ way of playing. Thus, causing an unwanted stoppage of the play. So, here the body camera fulfils the basketball needs to save time and energy via the post-investigation done after each aforementioned unruly behavior.

Here, the Judge Whistles!

Some apprehensions sunrises here, ethical and privacy concerns, where some players, fans or, any individual object to being recorded without their consent. Misuse of the footage may lead to several misinterpretations.

“If the incident led to an ejection and the school appeals, we can use the video as part of the appeal,” said Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Assistant Executive Director Justin Kesterson.

“However, we will not use the video to go back and retroactively eject a player or coach if the officials did not eject them originally,” Kesterson added.

High Schoolers for a Reason

The body cameras are being created after the first partnership that is done between Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and Washington Officials Association (WOA) and Reveal Media, a global maker of body-worn camera technology. The Reveal Media’s devices have been used in the lower levels of the English Football Association.

They chose high schoolers for the high need for discipline, ethics, and principles of the sports.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

It’s the lessons learnt from the journey of sports, nothing else. Thus, building a healthy generation with a mature mindset that can face harsh challenges. It’s the most needed program to be embedded in the high school sports to uplift the poor behavior among sports participants and fans.


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