Rule 12 - Video judge
SECTION 1. Philosophy and rationale
Article 1 - Philosophy
Article 2 - Rationale
The rationale for this includes:
a. NCAA replay was designed at a time when communication between the on-field officials and replay official was limited. Modern radio technology makes two-way communication much easier. We wish to take advantage of that.
b. Modern technology makes the provision of video much easier. Replay does not have to be limited to games where there is full-scale television coverage.
c. If there is a stadium screen, the on-field officials should be able to take advantage of any view they can see on it, provided that choice of view is not biased.
d. We do not want to delay the game unnecessarily, but there is increasing pressure from fans and media for officials to get the call right.
e. We must make sure that replay is equally available to both teams — it cannot be under the sole control of the home team, for instance.
f. What we have adopted is not new. It has been used successfully for several years in both codes of Rugby football. See https://laws.worldrugby.org/downloads/TMO_Trial_From_August_2019_EN.pdf for how it is used in Rugby Union.