By Colton Windsor
Auburn has partnered with PlaySight to introduce Smart Court technology to its outdoor tennis facilities.
“I think PlaySight is an amazing addition for not only our players at Auburn, but for the many fans across the world who can watch the matches live,” Auburn men’s tennis coach Bobby Reynolds said. “Auburn is one of only a few schools in the country to offer this amenity to both its players and fan base.”
PlaySight is a six-camera system with a courtside replay kiosk that has the capability to record and analyze every movement on the court, including in and out calls, ball speed and spin, and even the fitness of the players - measuring distance traveled and calories burned.
“We are extremely excited to have added PlaySight to our tennis facility,” said Tiger women’s tennis coach Lauren Spencer. “The video program allows us to not only provide live video feeds to our parents and fans during matches, but also provides us the ability to archive matches for review and future use. Along with matches, we now have access to utilize video daily in practice to assist in player development. We are grateful that our athletic department, especially media relations, worked so diligently to get this system up and running for us.”
As practice goes on or a match is being played, PlaySight can analyze each stroke and break down the data into easily usable information. At any point during a session, a player or coach can pull up statistics or watch a replay of a particular shot to figure out what is working and what isn’t.
Real-time replay from six different angles allows the coaches to visually show their players what they need to do to improve their swing, and videos recorded during practice are automatically moved to a file for the coaches’ review.
The system can also recognize the types of shots players are hitting. So if a player needs to work on forehand skills, PlaySight can create a group of forehand shot replays for the player to review. The stats and information are accessible on mobile devices as well to make analysis even more convenient.
Maybe the biggest advantage will be that PlaySight’s camera system will allow the Tigers to live stream every home outdoor match of the season at the Yarbrough Tennis Center – completely free for the fans. While streams will initially only be available for the outdoor matches, Andrew Young, assistant athletics director for video services at Auburn, said the Tigers hope to add indoor streaming in the long term. “Since the infrastructure is there, hopefully it won’t be too hard or take too long to bring it into the indoors as well,” Young said.
“There are still some things we are looking to add like scoring and ways to make (PlaySight) more fan-friendly and digestible as possible.” PlaySight was tested for the first time at Auburn during the recent women’s NCAA regional tournament and it is now ready for the upcoming season.
To access the live stream of the matches, fans should visit Auburntigers.com and then click “Teams.” Choose either the Men’s or Women’s tennis team and then click on “More.” Finally click on “Watch Auburn Tennis” and you’ll be able to watch the live streams of up to 6 courts at one time.
Auburntigers.com > Teams > Men’s/Women’s tennis > More > Watch Auburn Tennis
The introduction of PlaySight and Smart Court technology will allow Auburn fans across the globe to watch the outdoor matches, while at the same time providing the team with a massive advantage during practice.
Colton Windsor is a senior communications major at Auburn