As some of you may be aware, we here at the Capital Journal stream Pierre sports events now. You can find those events at LiveTicket.tv or at the GoGovsLive YouTube page.

I’ve heard many great comments on us doing this for Pierre sports teams. It’s an easy way to access the game without having to leave the house. However, there are concerns that I have about this that I’ll share with you, especially when it comes to the fall sports season.

Since there are three area teams in the area, four if you count Highmore, there’s a lot of teams and events to cover for yours truly. There’s football and volleyball games in Stanley County, Sully Buttes and Pierre, some of which overlap with each other. Let’s say there’s a volleyball game in both Fort Pierre and Pierre. If I’m the one streaming games for Pierre, I would have to miss the Stanley County game. Knowing how passionate Stanley County fans are about their kids and their sports, I know that probably wouldn’t be looked at in a positive way. It would look like I value Pierre athletics more than Stanley County athletics. Nothing could be further from the truth.

That’s where you, the readers, might be able to help. I know we have kids who have parents or grandparents who read the paper. Maybe your kid has a love of sports, or has an interest in learning how to do play by play. They could do that for GoGovsLive, and be paid for it as well. I’d be willing to help them learn, which would be a thrill for me.

I’ve reached out to Pierre T.F. Riggs principal Kevin Mutchelknaus in hopes that we can somehow do this as some sort of class or club activity. Studies suggest that getting involved in an extracurricular activity such as learning how to broadcast games is helpful to the student. They can explore a new interest, have better time management skills, and strengthen their mind by doing an extracurricular activity. Being able to learn a more hands on type of broadcasting would be something new and different for Pierre T.F. Riggs students.

It might seem that I don’t want to stream these games, but that’s not the case. I want to be able to provide you, the readers of the Capital Journal, with the same coverage that you’re used to. I can’t do that in quite the same way if I’m stuck in a booth. Therefore, I need your help.

Having the kids help in the streaming of events is just one facet of the help I’ll need. Let’s say I’m not able to shoot photos. The parents of the athletes or any freelance photographers would have to help out with that. An added plus is that you can get into the games for free with a press pass. Having parents sending us photos is always a big help, especially for road games and tournaments like this weekend’s Gopher Classic in St. Paul.

Streaming the games is important, but making sure that the readers of the Capital Journal are satisfied with our coverage in the paper is equally as important. If anyone is interested in helping, whether it be by helping out with the streaming or taking photos, you can email me at scott.millard@capjournal.com. I hope to hear from you.

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