Filming all matches in the BFNL is a no-brainer
FILMING all five senior games in the Bendigo Football League next year - it's a no-brainer, isn't it?
League boss Justin Abrams has seen how successful the videoing of all senior games in the Ballarat and Geelong leagues have been in recent years and he's keen to see the same happen in Bendigo.
And with the cost potentially as little as just $1000 a year for clubs, why wouldn't they jump at it?
With the money clubs pay out for players continuing to grow year by year, $1000 seems a mere drop in the ocean for what opportunities expanding the videoing of games creates.
There's massive benefits for the clubs, league, umpires and tribunal if the BFNL was to extend from one game a week being filmed to all five.
Starting with the clubs, what a fantastic teaching tool it would be for coaches and players to have their games filmed every week, not just sporadically as is the case with some clubs.
Football is increasingly becoming more professional and the chance for coaches to tap into weekly video analysis to assist in the development of players would be a fantastic asset, while there's also stats-based software programs available to take it a step further.
Coaches can give all the feedback they like, but having weekly footage from a Saturday game can only help get through the messages they are trying to deliver to their players.
With all games filmed and available online, it also opens the door for clubs to increase their scouting on the opposition.
While the clubs would derive enormous benefit from video, so too would the umpires.
Anything that can help improve the umpiring in any sport - not just the BFNL - is a major positive.
All games being filmed would give the opportunity for every umpire in a senior match to learn and improve Big tick there..
There's massive benefits for the clubs, league, umpires and tribunal
And then there's the tribunal, which could be a massive winner out of every game being filmed.
Video footage has been used in some tribunal cases, most recently when Gisborne captain Casey Summerfield copped a two-match ban during the finals, later to have it overturned on appeal.
Having sat in BFL tribunals for the past 10 years, some of the conflicting stories of evidence given has been quite comical.
That conflicting evidence probably comes back to the old code of players not wanting to "stitch up" another player, but having video evidence - provided the incident is captured - at least gives the tribunal some clear idea of what it's dealing with.
And then there's the added incentive of league promotion.
Mark of the week, goal of the week, play of the week, highlight packages.... whatever you want, the vision is all there.
Add in the prospect of a match of the round being livestreamed, for a club cost of $1000 each for the year, what are we waiting for.