Friday, January 24, 2014

Tracking Wind for Ultimate Broadcasts

There are two wind factors which  impact an Ultimate game -- speed and direction. Unfortunately, these important elements are under-reported during a broadcast. Viewers can get a general sense of wind strength based on: waving sideline flags, flapping jersey/shorts, blown over cones, and hearing gusts flow through the audio.

This CBS "Wind Tracker" was shown right before the field goal on its NFL game broadcast. I found this gauge helpful providing in-moment factors on the impending play.
TV screenshot of Wind Tracker
The visual of wind speed (in MPH) and wind direction (arrow) appropriately conveys real-time data for viewers. For all Ultimate game broadcasts, this wind measurement tool would be a valuable addition.
[Enlarged View] CBS Wind Tracker

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