INDIANAPOLIS — Most high school basketball games across the country will continued to be played without a shot clock following a failed proposal at the recent National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) meeting.
Around Hancock County, most, but not all, high school coaches agreed with the decision.
At its April gathering in Indianapolis, the NFHS rules committee considered a proposal to add a shot clock to the high school game, but ultimately decided that the sport played by about one million boys and girls in approximately 18,000 high schools is functioning well without it.
A shot clock has been employed at the pro and college level for many years. The NBA has used a 24-second clock since 1954. NCAA men’s basketball first used a 45-second clock in 1985 and later switched to the current 35-second clock in 1993. NCAA women have gone with a 30-second clock since 1970.
But results of a NFHS questionnaire that was sent to high school coaches, officials and state association administrators across the country did not indicate a strong desire to use the clock at the high school level.