STROBE LIGHTS

The Division I Men's Basketball Committee has determined that a maximum of three sets of strobe lights may be installed at an arena for media agencies requiring immediate news coverage. The placement of the units must be approved by the NCAA.

The purpose of this policy is to provide the fullest high-quality still photographic coverage possible for media agencies in deadline situation without seriously affecting the quality of the network telecasts of the games.

  1. For strobe use, the following priorities have been adopted by the committee:
    1. Sports Illustrated
    2. The Associated Press, Reuters and USA TODAY. These agencies shall pool one set of strobe lights unless priority "a" or "c" is not enacted.
    3. A single pool unit for all other media agencies may be installed upon approval of the NCAA.
    4. Porter Binks of Sports Illustrated (212.522.3325)-or an individual designated by the NCAA-will coordinate the installation of the strobe units at each site and identify for the media coordinator those photographers who will use the strobes. A fee may be assessed by the strobe coordinator to cover installation, power, arena fees and equipment costs on a shared basis among the users.
    5. Should Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, Reuters or USA TODAY elect not to install strobe units, the unused priority may be transferred to another agency, provided the policies in No. 2 below are observed.
    6. No Single agency may install more than one set of strobes at a site, regardless of the numbers of units that will be used.
  2. The following procedures govern the placement of strobe units.
    1. Representatives of each media agency installing a unit shall meet with the media coordinator and CBS produced assigned to the site by 4:30pm local time on the open practice day to test the placement of the strobes and determine if the strobes potentially have a negative impact on the telecast. The basketball committee representative has the final authority to determine if adjustments in the placement or angle of the units must be altered.
    2. Strobe may only be used if approved by the basketball committee representative after the foregoing test.
    3. All hanging or installed strobes must be placed as close to the playing court as possible, depending upon the physical structure of the arena, near the corners of the playing court, but not behind the baskets. If the physical structure of an arena prevents a media agency from meeting these specifications, the agency may petition the basketball committee for an exception.
    4. No hand-carried strobe lights may be used during the game. They may be used during awards ceremonies and postgame celebrations.
    5. No strobes may be directed toward a television lens.
    6. The approved strobe-light setup shall consist of three sets of four heads each, installed in the catwalks at the four corners of the arena. The placement should be as close to directly over the corners of the court as possible. If, because of the configuration of the arena and the catwalks, an adjustment of the placement is necessary, a variation must be approved by the basketball committee.
    7. The strobes lights for a conventions (non-dome) arena must not exceed 2400 watt-seconds from each power pack, and the flash duration should be less than 1/1000th of a second. A typical approved installation would consist of four power packs with four-tube heads on each pack. In the instance of unusually high-ceilinged buildings or domes, additional power units and strobe heads may be used, as long as they are producing an equivalent light on the court and the flash duration meets the criteria.
    8. Strobe use is intended for coverage of game action by media involved in news coverage of the championship. Strobe use is not permitted by photographers who have been assigned feature profiles for current or future publications such as books or preview magazines, e.g., photograph(s) of individual players, coaches or fans.
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