Monday, May 26, 2008

FM system and Soccer

Interesting note on wearing the FM system for a soccer tournament. They will not necessarily allow you do to this. I never, NEVER, considered that it might not be allowed. I had to walk up to each referee and show them the device, and explain what it is used for, as well as NOT used for (that it is not intended to allow the coach to call secret plays that only Delaney would hear). After talking to the first group of referees, and getting a lukewarm approval, Delaney found that it didn't work all that well, and was actually a bit distracting. I think she's gotten so used to hearing limited amounts on the field, that it was actually a bit overwhelming.

We will definitely try it again, maybe give her time to adjust to the noises, and see where to go from there. The referee that finally gave the o.k. made the comment "it's probably fine at U11 or U12, but with the older girls probably not". I guess they can't risk giving any advantage to a team??? I don't know- seems kind of silly to me, but then again, the coaches really should be giving most of the instruction during practice, and when a child is off the field prior to being out playing.

5 comments:

Val said...

hmm wonder if there was interference w/the system? Gage's gets this noise on occation when there is interference (I've heard it while plugged into his processor) sounds like hummingbird wings...or a quick zap by an electric fence... make sense? he doesn't feel anything of course just very distracting.

Loudest Mom said...

Val-

She felt like there was 'static' in the receiver. She also said she felt like she had to be facing the transmitter. Weird, huh?

Val said...

Sounds about right...I've heard that too. How far away was she? I'd call the audio or read in the booklet and see what the distance is on that. We've had to send our's off for repairs when it does that. Gage's has done that at just five feet before...supposed to get more distance than that. Maybe the cord or something...I'd call and tell them. Wear it around the house for a while and have her go out in the yard and see if you can get an idea of just how far you have to be before it does that.

Val said...

I mean sounds like what I've heard, didn't mean sounds right...
Is the static coming thru both ears or just one? If its both, I'd assume it's the mic and not her receivers on the aids/processors

Loudest Mom said...

We only have one receiver so I'm not sure. I guess one way to test it, would be for her to bring her receiver from school home, and try both with the transmitter. Does that make sense?

I knew what you meant -LOL (the 'sounds right')