Is instant replay coming to high school football in Alabama?

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For the past year, High School Football America has been talking how our partner Echo 1612 can give high school football coaches a competitive edge by using in-game instant replay with Echo’s cutting-edge, patented technology.  Today comes a story from al.com that says Alabama is looking at giving high school football referees a big assist by giving them the opportunity to use instant replay to get calls right.

According to the story, the Alabama High School Athletic Association is experimenting with using instant replay.  The AHSAA used instant replay in two spring football games – Baker vs. Blount and Westbrook Christian vs. Brindlee Mountain.  The website reports that it was the first time that any state in America has used instant replay.

Right now, the AHSAA is able to use the system on an experimental basis, but it can’t “officially” be used until the National Federation of State High School Associations changes current rules, which wouldn’t happen until next year, at the earliest.

The al.com story states that the AHSAA will meet with the state’s football committee this summer, but the earliest that the state could have instant replay, even if the NFHS approves its use, would be after the current two year re-classification plan expires.  That means 2018 would be the first chance for instant replay to be used in games.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.