Here are steps your club can take to live stream to your members and college coaches this season:
1. Select a Streaming Destination
2. Set up a Device on Each Court
Mount or display a device such as a GoPro, iPad/tablet or smart phone on each court. A nest can also live stream to FaceBook. You do not need to worry about displaying the score, however if you have someone on the bench flipping score they can show the score to the viewers during timeouts.
3. Secure a Steady Internet Connection
In order to guarantee quality streaming, you need to make sure you have a steady network connection for the amount of courts/devices you plan to stream. The most reliable connection is a hardwired dedicated Ethernet line. Or you can use Wi-Fi Internet, which can fluctuate. A safe minimum would be 75 megabits per second download speed for each device. If you have 5 courts and purchase a gigabit connection, this will give you 1,000 megabits per second download speed. Verizon Business currently has a plan for $250/month.
Tip #2: consider shutting off the public internet access to allow the devices to use all of the bandwidth for streaming.
Tip #3: provide a phone number, email or another way to contact someone if the feed goes out or the camera is hit and needs to be adjusted.
Some clubs have created opportunities for parents to watch the matches outside in the parking lot or grassy area. Set up a large movie screen and create fun and safe atmosphere. Invite a local food truck or if you sell food from your facility’s restaurant/concession stand to offset the loss of admission revenue. You could even sell raffle tickets and pick winners in between games or matches. Sports may look different this season, but we can still find a way to enjoy them in a safe environment.