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October 25, 2012

Cullman game will feature equipment test for officiating crew

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

— The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) will be demonstrating a new approach to officiating Friday night as top-ranked Muscle Shoals visits Cullman for the final Class 5A, Region 8 game of the season.

During the game, all members of the seven-man officiating crew will be equipped with the Vokkero Officiating Communication System. An identical system is being used by a Southeastern Conference  officiating crew in Saturday's Tennessee-South Carolina game in Columbia, SC.

"The officials that have utilized the Vokkero system have finished their contests with positive comments," said Greg Brewer, AHSAA Director of Officials. "We are excited to continue our evaluation this year."

Vokkero is widely used in international soccer by FIFA, UEFA, and CONCACAF. Last season, the AHSAA became the first organization to work with the Vokkero in football games.  Vokkero allows the entire on-field officiating crew to remain in contact with each other during game play by employing small transceivers in belt packs worn by the officials. The system includes microphones that transmit voice messages to other officials. Officials have found the system aids game management, particularly with "no huddle" offenses, calling out pre-snap keys, alerts of unusual formations, handling substitutions, and penalty administration.