IHSA experimenting with shot clock for upcoming basketball seasons

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The IHSA board approved the decision earlier this year. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Blake Haas

BLOOMINGTON – For the first time this winter, boys and girls basketball could use a shot clock in tournaments or shootouts.

Earlier this year, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) unanimously approved a 35-second shot clock only for particular games if the site hosts choose to use it.

“These events will apply to use the shot clock through our office, and then we’ll approve their use of that,” Sam Knox, the IHSA’s Assistant Executive Director, said. “And then we expect when an event has concluded, we’ll follow up with coaches and officials and school administrators, and again, just see how things went.

What the successes were with that, what challenges still exist in terms of implementing that on a larger scale. And so then our board will continue that discussion later this school year.”

The IHSA could expand the shot clock into regular season games, depending on the board’s feedback.

Blake Haas can be reached at [email protected].


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