PSL implements video challenge system

Mark Escarlote on Oct 29, 2015 08:20 PM
PSL implements video challenge system
Challenge master --- Italian Emmanuel Celle of Data Volley Project supervises the video challenge system.

Philippine Superliga formally implemented its video challenge system Thursday as a new innovation introduced in the 2015 Grand Prix.     

“Today marks the historic implementation of a new technology for Philippine volleyball which is the video challenge system,” said PSL president Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara in a press conference held at The Arena in San Juan after the game between Foton Tornadoes and RC Cola-Air Force Raiders.

PSL is the first club league in Asia to use the P3 million system – a state-of-the-art technology composed of 26 cameras placed around the playing area and on the net posts – to review plays that linesmen and referees fail to accurately call.     

“The introduction of this thing marks a new chapter not only in the PSL but in Philippine volleyball,” said PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico. “Probably also in the Southeast Asian volleyball or the Asian volleyball because I understand that this is the first time that it is being used in a club league.”

Cignal head coach Sammy Acaylar was the first to use the challenge in a tight net play before the first technical timeout of the match.  

It was first ruled as a block touch but was overturned when the challenge was made as the camera at the net post showed that the ball didn’t touch any HD Spikers' hand as it went wide.  

“Noong nag-try ako kanina, first and foremost nag-isip ako kung mali ako o hindi. So I talked to my players kung talagang may touch o wala. Kasi gusto ko sigurado siya. So noong sinabi ng mga players ko na wala talaga gumamit na ako ng challenge,” said Acaylar.   

The point was won but unfortunately for Cignal, the HD Spikers folded in three sets, 17-25, 19-25, 18-25.      

“Actually noong nanonood ako ng world caliber na volleyball, nakita ko na ‘yang video challenge and naisip ko kung kalian kaya kami magkakaganyang video challenge,” Acaylar added. “Alam kasi natin, hindi sa pag-degrade sa mga referees natin, but they are human at nagkakamali din sila. Kaya ang technology na ‘yan helps a lot.”

The video challenge crew is led by Italian Emmanuel Celle of Data Volley Project.

Here are the guidelines of the video challenge:

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