NSAA considering instant replay to review calls in state football title games

February 15, 2019 GMT

That familiar phrase “the previous play is under further review” may be echoing around Memorial Stadium during the Nebraska high school state championship football games in November.

Last week the National Federation of State High School Associations gave individual state associations the go-ahead to use instant replay to review calls made on the field during postseason play beginning in the 2019 season.

It’s something that Nate Neuhaus, Nebraska School Activities Association assistant director in charge of football, would like to pursue for the state championship games later this year.

Between the cameras NET uses for its broadcast of the title games and the technology already in place at Memorial Stadium for Husker games, Neuhaus told the NSAA board of directors at its February meeting Wednesday that it’s something the NSAA could execute.

Neuhaus said he will visit with NET, university officials and member schools to make sure they are all on board with it. He will also work with high school football referees to draw up the procedures and protocol under which instant replay would be used and how it would be implemented before seeking board approval later this spring.

A number of states, including Minnesota and Texas, used instant replay on an experimental basis during its state championship games last fall.

“I’ve talked to the people in Minnesota and they were quite pleased with it,” NSAA executive director Jay Bellar said. “When a state championship is on the line and you have the technology to use, why not use it to make sure the right call is made.”

Neuhaus informed the board that Franklin has already forfeited all the games on its Class D-2, eight-man football schedule for this coming fall because of a lack of participant numbers. He expects some schools may be coming forward this spring with requests to form cooperatives in the middle of the current two-year scheduling cycle because of low numbers, something the NSAA has not allowed in the past.