Fans can watch CCHS football games live over the internetBy Stephen Dawkins Published 3:59pm Friday, August 23, 2013
Live streaming video of Chilton County High School varsity football games will be offered this season, marking the return of a popular feature for fans unable to attend the games.
The games will be available through PlayOn! Sports. The site can be accessed by visiting the school’s website (www.chilton.k12.al.us/CCHS or by searching for “Chilton County High School”).
Once on the school’s home page, users should find the “Click here to watch CCHS football live” link.
Every regular season game will be streamed on the site and can be viewed at no cost.
Ray Sosa, who along with Jason Sosa will handle the effort’s technical side, said a similar feature became popular with fans the last three years until the previous host was no longer an option.
“We had a pretty good following, and we want to get that following going again,” Sosa said.
Former users of the service included the elderly, disabled and those who couldn’t attend the games, such as fans as far away as Canada and even Russia.
CCHS was one of the first programs to offer live streaming of games, which led to some difficulties.
For example, during road games, hosts were unsure about the school’s or the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s policy on live video transmissions.
The current host for the service, PlayOn, is an official partner of the AHSAA.
“Now that it’s AHSAA-approved, I assume nobody can stop us from doing that,” said Chris Speaks, president of the CCHS athletics booster club.
Speaks and Donny Finlayson will provide commentary during the streams.
The team will not be able to stream playoff games, which fall under AHSAA ownership.
The booster club paid a $1,500 fee for hosting of the service so that users wouldn’t have to pay.
“We just felt like it would be so beneficial to the community that we just decided to go ahead and pay the fee,” Speaks said.
The club was helped by sponsors, whose advertisements will appear on the web portal. All proceeds from the effort benefit CCHS athletics.
“We want to make people aware that there is this service available and how to access it,” said Tony Hughes, another supporter of the program.