Tech takes courtside seat at secondary school basketball
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The Auckland secondary schools basketball competition has installed some innovative new tech on the court to help players and coaches develop. Much like an NBA player tuning into SportsCenter, high school basketballers can now review their game footage, stats and highlights through a clever set up called Glory League. With a camera installed above the court and an operator using an iPad to enter points and data during the game, the platform intuitively cuts together and uploads footage for players and fans to view. Unitec sponsors the competition and has installed the Glory League platform at 19 courts across the Auckland region. Unitec Dean of innovation and development Nick Sheppard thinks the courtside tech will be great for the secondary school players. “The Glory League platform is brilliant; it makes you feel like pro player. But it’s also a great teaching tool, allowing teams to review games, work on their tactics and individual skills.” Sheppard says the system will allow Unitec to continue supporting coaches and players in what has become one of New Zealand’s fastest growing sports. “We’ve had a focus on basketball recently, hosting workshops at our Mt Albert campus. Basketball is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing sports and it can be a challenge to keep up with the demand, particularly in supporting our skilled and experienced coaches.” At the end of the season, people will be able to vote for their favourite plays from the competition online. The winner will be able to have a Glory League platform installed at the venue of their choosing.