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Had a Ref tell me last night that no flashes were allowed for Volleyball (I was strobing from like forever away). I said, "Yeah, those things are bad! Good thing I am using strobes". He went on to tell me that it was in the NCAA rules, and that no flash or strobes of any kind could be used because you would permanently injure everyone in a 3 mile radius, or something like that
Can't wait to next week, straight from the NCAA rules for Volleyball (and yes, I just shut everything down and was respectful...not the time or the place. He has a whole week to learn his job)...
220.127.116.11 The court should be uniformly and adequately lighted. For information on recommended specifications for lighting, as published by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, contact the NCAA Volleyball Rules liaison.
18.104.22.168 Strobe lights are allowed. Courtside flash photography is prohibited within 2 meters (6 feet, 6 inches) of the court. Flash photography outside the 2-meter area is allowed unless it presents a safety hazard.
I am amazed at how much more troublesome folks are at small colleges vs. high schools or big time schools. Hopefully the SID has it all worked out before I get around to Volleyball again. If not, I'll sit 6 feet and 7 inches away and wear out the opposing team with a SB-800 on the camera
I am so over the whole "strobe" issue...if done correctly with the right gear there is no way it ever affects anything, other than the quality of the images.