Due to COVID-related spectator restrictions, schools and the nine leagues in Section V have made incredible progress in live streaming their events, increasing viewing opportunities for those who otherwise would not be able to see the athletic competitions currently taking place.
Schools have worked with their IT departments and in some cases, leagues have contracted with private companies such as Varsity Media or Roc Sports Network or local media groups to live broadcast their regular season games. Some have had Hudl Focus cameras or NFHS Network Pixellot cameras installed at their athletic facilities, which are considered smart cameras that follow the play without someone manually operating the cameras.
Whether it be using YouTube or Facebook platforms to host their live streaming videos, many schools have quickly adapted, and this development has been very well received by the families of student athletes. Many schools may even continue live streaming events in the future, as this coverage provides more access to family members who are unable to attend events, as well as opportunities for student athletes to be further highlighted.