Three Cheers for this Nicholas Kulick! Bravo on an excellent streaming solution.
The global pandemic has forced the closing of most swim meets to spectators.
Many parents and guardians are missing the opportunity to watch their kid’s progression as a swimmer.
Some teams have made various attempts for establishing live stream systems for the swim pool. But, the pool setting isn't so easy.
A pressing problem is to include the swimming scoreboard in the broadcasts. It is difficult, if not nearly impossible, for viewers to know what event they are watching, who is in what lane, and if you can follow your swimmer -- trying to figure out the splits, place and final times makes another set of chores for viewers.
Occoquan Swimming (OCCS) had its first post-shutdown swim meet in August 2020.
Since August, the club has hosted 10 meets at its northern Virginia facility.
The meet experience now includes opportunities for parents to enjoy one of the best live streams of any club meet around.
Through lots of trial and error, and a desire to improve the live stream experience with every meet, the team has created a set up and viewing experience that has attracted more than 10,000 unique viewers since it started live streaming meets on its YouTube page.
The YouTube has more than 1,500 subscribers as of mid-February, 2021.
“The creation of the OCCS YouTube channel, with the ability to livestream swim meets, has proven to be just the innovation OCCS, our families and frankly, what the entire swimming community needs right now,” said OCCS President Steve Maynard. “This technology is here to stay and will make sitting at a swim meet for hours to watch 30 seconds a relic of the past,” he continued.
Downstream Livestream Benefits
The livestream has even allowed the younger swimmer at Occoquan to see how a swim meet in their own pool unfolds. Watching has helped calm nerves and encourage participation in something that might have otherwise not had great participation.
Furthermore, concerned swimmers and guardians can watch and have their worries ease with regard to meet behaviors and issues of keeping social distancing among athletes. Most swim meets, pre-Covid-19, were events with crowded conditions -- a situation that is ripe for virus spreading. Things have changed, clearly. Watch yourself and come to your own determination.
Around the world, many have made decisions to sit out sports because of fears of getting sick and spreading the virus. In this community, you can see how behaviors have been changed and then decide.
The team has received many inquiries about its livestream setup.
Moving forward, the club is now in a partnership with other companies and its developers to provide the same software and hardware solution. The same utilities can be deployed as a plug-and-play package to other swim teams.
Teams in the DC, Maryand, and Virginia area can capitalize upon's OCCS's expertise and energy and request free installation as part of the purchase of its livestream set up.
While the package includes everything needed (streaming PC, software, cameras and cables) if a team already has parts of an existing live stream set up, OCCS can also provide any of these components by themselves to lower the barrier to entry.
All are encouraged to investigate and share insights on their livestream systems in the comments below.
If you don't want to reinvent the wheel, and if you want to hear of the details on get a system for your facility, reach out to OCCS.
- More insight about the system and sales questions can be directed to Nick Kulick.