There will be no shot clock for high school basketball next season.
The National Federation of State High School Association Basketball Rules Committee recently decided against implementing a shot clock for the sport.
The group considered a proposal for it, but said that participation and fan interest remaing strong throughout the nation and that a shot clock wasn’t necessary. The federation said that the results of a questionnaire sent to coaches, officials and state association administarors didn’t indicate a strong desire for a shot clock.
“In addition to the fact that there is some concern about the costs associated with the use of a shot clock, the committee also expressed a belief that the game is typically played with an up-tempo style even without a shot clock,” said Kent Summers, director of performing arts and sports at the NFHS.
He added, “The committee believes that coaches should have the option of a slower-paced game if they believe it makes their team more competitive in specific situations.
“This could be especially true for smaller schools with limited budgets, which comprise a significant number of the 18,000 basketball-playing schools. Since the NFHS writes rules for all sizes of schools and teams, it has to consider what is best for the masses.”the original article from Chicago Tribune, written by staff