Instant replay heading to high school football, basketball

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At its April meeting, the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors approved the first reading of two proposals that would allow officials to use instant replay in championship football and basketball games.

The use of instant replay would be severely limited in both sports.

In football it could be used on disputed scoring plays or to determine turnovers. In the last two minutes of the first half, it could be used to determine if a call impacted the status of the game clock.

In the final two minutes of the game or overtime, instant replay could be used to determine if a player was in bounds, if a catch or interception was made, when a ball is ruled dead in a loose ball situation, to determine the spot of the ball, to determine if a kick or pass was touched and if a call impacted the status of the clock.

Board member Steve Morford of Spearfish wondered how an official would garner enough experience using instant replay if it’s used only in championship games.

“We’re going to expect someone, in one game, to do this and do it right,” Morford said. “It doesn’t happen on Saturdays and Sundays and they do it every week.”



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