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Offline ilyazhito

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HS Shot Clock
« on: May 12, 2018, 07:45:53 PM »
 nAnA Most of y'all know about a handy-dandy gizmo called a shot clock :D. In college and NBA games, that thingy helps prevent teams from delaying the game by keeping the ball for an entire quarter. The horrors! Unfortunately, high school rules do not provide for a shot clock, and fans, coaches, and officials alike must suffer through a team holding the ball, and the other team fouling in response, to stop the clock and try to take the ball away.  nAnA

Some state high school associations (CA, WA, ND, SD, MA, RI, NY, MD, DC [and MN, for nonconference games]) do have a shot clock, and do not experience the stalling and associated end-of-game fouls that turn a beautifully played (and well-officiated) basketball game into a messy mashup between Whac-a-Mole and Monkey in the Middle in the last few minutes. In addition to forestalling stalling strategies for most of the game, and reducing end-of-game fouls, the shot clock has other benefits to officials as well: It can simplify enforcement of the backcourt and closely-guarded counts, freeing the responsible official (usually the trail or center official) to concentrate on a wider area and spectrum of action. This is because the NCAA has eliminated closely guarded counts on dribblers, as a count on someone dribbling is unnecessary when possessions are under a time limit, and the NBA has no closely guarded counts. In addition, NCAA and NBA officials use the shot clock as a reference point for the backcourt count, unless the shot clock is reset with less time in the period than it would normally display (shot clock gets reset to 30 seconds with 20 seconds left in the period).

Now I've said my piece on the shot clock, I'd like to hear what you have to say about it, as basketball fans (and fellow basketball officials).