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With August fast approaching, are you wondering “How will my family and I safely watch high school sports?” Easy answer—watch it online or on TV!
What happens if your school doesn’t have the equipment to livestream sporting events and more?
The Alabama High School Association of Alabama (AHSAA) has a solution.
It’s happening! Sign up today for Alabama High School Sports, Available 24/7
Join the NFHS Network, an on-demand high school sports national network. In addition to 27 different boys and girls sports, the NFHS Network also livestreams performing arts, graduations, award ceremonies and other school events.
It is really easy to sign up.
- First, visit this website
- Then, choose either a monthly or annual plan—and you’re off!
“For the value, you can’t beat it,” Vestavia Hills High School’s Athletic Director Jeff Segars told us.
“You get everything out there. I watched a football game once while I was on vacation in Montana. It is fun to watch. Honestly, on a Friday night I can switch over to watch a Spain Park or Hoover game while our game is going on.”
Check With Your School
To make sure every high school sport nationwide can broadcast games to their families, alumni and fans, AHSAA and NFHS are teaming up to make available a special platform that can produce and broadcast professional-grade events.
The platform includes the Pixellot, a camera that allows every event to be streamed live without requiring personnel to produce the games, thereby eliminating the operational strain created by manual production.
The NFHS Network is offering AHSAA member schools that currently lack production capabilities to receive up to two free Pixellot automated production units in their primary sports venues.
That’s right – two FREE Pixellot camera units that can be used to live stream football games, volleyball matches and swim meets this fall.
One more additional bonus, on top of providing families a way to watch their kids—many schools have used the NFHS Network to raise much-needed revenue for the schools’ sports programs.
Then subscribe to the NFHS Network.
More Than Sports and Gear
So, how does a school, its teachers and students make all this happen? Here are two stories.
By far, Vestavia Hills High School broadcast more sporting events than anyone else in the state between 2017-2020.
490 in total.
Using pixelotts and regular cameras, Morgan Jones, a marketing teacher at the school understands the value of the NFHS Network.
“The NFHS Network has definitely been a way to reach more people. Grandparents or people who can’t sit in bleachers for 2+ hours on rainy, cold or super hot days—they now have a way to watch and experience the games, just like it is on TV,” said Morgan.
Moreover, the students oversee every little aspect that goes into a broadcast.
“My favorite part is that it is a learning experience for the students. A lot of the students are pursuing college careers in broadcast journalism or communications. We have students live switching into commercials, inserting graphics, tracking the ball and two student broadcasters who can get this footage from the games, send it to their college, and say this is what I’ve already done going into your school. Real-life and hands-on experience,” added Morgan.
Florence High School Named Top Sports Producer Nationally
Streaming on the NFHS Network since 2004, Florence High School in the Shoals area was one of the first schools that enlisted in the NFHS Network, according to Randall Bruce, Digital Media Director for the high school.
Along with sports, the students produce weather programs and shows for the local music industry like Fame Recording Studios and Wishbone.
Last year, 156 students participated in the program. To put that number into context, approximately 15% of Florence’s students are learning about producing broadcasts and providing commentary.
“Our students help produce games for the University of North Alabama (UNA), including running the cameras for the university on ESPN 3,” said Randall. “They can honestly say they have already worked for ESPN.”
Over the years, Florence has also notched accolades for their sports production. In fact, the school was honored as the top sports producer in the nation by NFHS.
Sign Up Today
Sign up for the NFHS Network today! Keep your family safe while watching your kids in the comfort of your own home.
The fees are very affordable – much less than tickets to the games.
- One month $10.99
- School year $69.99
And don’t forget, if your school doesn’t have the capabilities to livestream games —NFHS is now offering the Pixelott cameras and platform at no cost.