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ilyazhito:
 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).

UTchad:
In Utah we had a couple of schools use a shot clock this last season. Personally I am for it. To speed up the game. I see no true benefit as a referee. Because I actually check the clock before on in bounds, and my count is pretty darn accurate. So while in the back court clock reads 8:38 before inbound. I am counting and know that the clock better read 8:28 if I am going to get a 10 second call.

JasonTX:

--- Quote ---that thingy helps prevent teams from delaying the game by keeping the ball for an entire quarter.
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These are my kind of games.  Dribble that clock out.   yEs:

bama_stripes:
In this age of “push the ball up the court & shoot a three / dunk”, I’d be surprised if anybody is holding the ball anymore.  The players won’t stand for it.

ilyazhito:

--- Quote from: bama_stripes on July 13, 2018, 06:53:26 PM ---In this age of “push the ball up the court & shoot a three / dunk”, I’d be surprised if anybody is holding the ball anymore.  The players won’t stand for it.

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Well, the Bibb County vs Brookwood game that ended 2-0, the Waseca-Marshall girls game that ended 17-4, and a 27-24 Dunbar-Fenwick boys  game in Ohio are all counter-examples. What is worse is these games are playoff games, and yet they end up being an embarrassment to basketball, with the teams just standing around for minutes because they are allowed to do so. Even a good game in the 2017 Beach Ball Classic between Imhotep Institute Charter High School (Philadelphia, PA) and Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, OH) had a possession where Imhotep just held the ball and did nothing for about 1:30, followed by holding the ball for another 30 seconds after a timeout. Fortunately, Moeller was able to get enough pressure to tie the game, and Imhotep was able to hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win the game, so the game did not degenerate into the Monkey in the Middle/Whac-a-Mole/Free Throw Contest mashup that games without the shot clock commonly become.

Maybe a new generation will finally see the change to a nationwide adoption of the shot clock. Arkansas allowed schools to experiment with the shot clock for non-conference games in 2018, and NFHS might pass a shot clock proposal in the next few years. This would be a tremendous improvement for high school basketball, from all perspectives: fans, coaches, and officials.   

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