- What is The Precision Time
Systems? Its a small computer that
is connected to the arena or stadium game clock, that allows the on court or on
field Officials to start or stop the game clock. This is done at the speed of
light (186,000 miles per second). The Officials whistle stops the clock,
and the switch on the belt pack starts the clock.
- How the Systems
Work The Precision Time Systems
works via a radio transmitter in the belt pack worn by the officials.
Attached to the belt pack is an omni directional microphone which docks in the
microphone adapter on the lanyard just below the whistle. When an official
blows the whistle, the belt pack recognizes the frequency of the FOX 40 whistle
and sends a radio signal to the base station receiver that is connected to the
scoreboard controller, stopping the clock at the speed of light. The Precision
Time System not only stops the clock, it gives the official timer the ability
to restart the clock, as well as each official. Each belt pack has a restart
button, so the clock can be started from the floor, if
- What happens
without the Precision Time System? The
Official blows the whistle, the Clock Operator then pushes a button to stop the
clock. Also if the game Clock Operator can not see the game Official signal to
start the Game Clock it does not get started at the proper time.
Then it's too late! It should not have
the Precision Time System is used by the NBA and
a majority of college conferences, it is NOT
USED by the NCAA Basketball Tournaments.
The decision not to use the system in the NCAA
Division I Men's & Women's Tournaments lies
solely with the NCAA.
Press Release March 25, 2014
In response to the enormous number of phone calls,
emails, and texts to our office regarding the
plethora of clock issues that have taken place
through the first week of the NCAA tournament,
Precision Time Systems Inc would like to clarify
that the Precision Time System used throughout the
regular season is NOT being used in the NCAA
Division I Men's (and Women's) basketball
NCAA has stated repeatedly that they are
"satisfied with their game procedures".
The game clock is being operated manually during
We congratulate the 58 Precision Time customers
that qualified for the 68 team field and offer
best wishes to the 16 Precision Time customers
that are still in competition.
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