BASEBALL: SEC Announces Monitoring For Conference Umpires
The Southeastern Conference has announced the implementation of TrackMan ball-strike technology for conference baseball play in 2022. While the effort isn't a replacement for traditional umpires, it does act as a performance monitoring system for in-game decisions from home plate officials.
"This is another innovative step to improving the accuracy and performance of SEC officiating," said SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.
The technology will also be ready for the SEC tournament and has been used for individual performance tracking for some time now by schools across the country. According to the conference's press release, 12 of the 14 SEC member schools have already installed the equipment in its stadiums.
According to the SEC, the collected data will be used in officiating training, the evaluation of its officials and to improve performance where it is needed.
TrackMan is a data tracking technology used by all 30 teams throughout Major League Baseball and, according to the company, can be found in over 500 stadiums around the world.
Conference play opens in under 48 hours as No. 1 Ole Miss (13-2) travels to Auburn (13-4) for a three-game series starting on Thursday. Alabama (12-5) opens its SEC schedule with No. 9 Florida (13-4) visiting The Joe, opening the series on Friday at 6 p.m. CST.