FIBA EUROPE TECHNO CENTRECoaches, officials and players have never had it better.
Thanks to cutting edge research and software being developed by the FIBA Europe Techno Centre (FETC), everyone's job is easier these days.
At half-time of a basketball game, coaches can pop in a DVD of the action, pin-point a moment of the action where a breakdown in his team defense occurred and tell the players how to fix the problem.
Referees or officials are able to analyze calls.
The ability to do this comes from the Observer software and the Video Report online platform.
"We generate projects for investigation and development of new technologies for sport," FETC general manager Antonio Ojeda said to FIBA Europe.
"We want our programs to help development, to educate and reach everyone.
|The Digital Score Sheet in action at EuroBasket Women 2013|
"For an organization to be able to produce its own official content without having to rely on any other company, is very important."
At EuroBasket Women 2011 in Poland, the FETC´s programmes have attracted the attention of several observers, including the Basketball Bundesliga, the Spanish and French Basketball Federations, while the International World Basketball Federation and the FIBA Americas are also on board.
Ojeda and FIBA Europe have been working on various programs since 2005. The technology is so useful that it has found its way into other sports.
One huge success has been the Digital ScoreSheet software (DSS), a software linked to the scorer's table which collects all actions that take place during the game to serve as instant video replay
on court in case of disputes, but also files these actions and can be reviewed after the end of each quarter.
In the old days, a commissioner would have to contact someone in an operations booth that had the capacity to show television replay and ask him or her to review a play.
Now, everything is at the commissioner's fingertips.
When a referee wants to ascertain if the ball left a player's hands before the shot-clock expired, the commissioner refers to the DSS and within seconds, a video is shown and a decision is made.
Ojeda says that after games, copies of the DSS video are given to referees, teams, the local organizing committee, and FIBA Europe officials. While it has proved a remarkable turning point for the game, it has also meant a reduction in costs.
"Before you needed several people to gather information about a game," said Ojeda.
"Now you only need one person to put that information into the system.
"It is easy to use as a touch-screen system and within 10 minutes, anyone would be able to use it.
"It can be used from the first division of a league to the third division. You do not need any special equipment as the video capture device is connected to a USB port."