What do you say to the high school shot clock?  We oppose the shot clock, taking the position that it eliminates an element of strategy from the game.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 8, 2012) — At its April 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee considered a proposal to add a shot clock to the high school rules but agreed that the sport played by about one million boys and girls in approximately 18,000 high schools is functioning well without it.  The committee voted  “no” to a shot clock, although states have the right to adopt one in their own individual states.
Kent Summers, director of performing arts and sports at the NFHS. “In addition, 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.

Six states — California, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington —have the 35 second shot clock for both boys and girls basketball, while Massachusetts (30 second clock) and Maryland have a shot clock for girls basketball.
--November 22, 1950, the Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Minneapolis Lakers by a record-low score of 19-18. The Pistons held the ball for minutes at a time without shooting (they attempted 13 shots for the game) in order to limit the impact of the Lakers' dominant George Mikan. The Piston’s strategy helped them overcome the odds to win.

-- February 7, 1964, MMI defeated West Hazleton 7-5 in what might be the lowest scoring game in Pennsylvania high school basketball history. West Hazleton had scored over 100 points six times that season and was undefeated at home over a two year period. This upset game ended that home streak with the slowdown strategy.  Ray Saul writing for the Hazleton Standard-Speaker said "No one saw Pearl Harbor coming in 1941 and in the Anthracite League no one saw a 7-5 slow down coming in 1964.”  We interviewed the MMI Coach Al Geodecke on January 27, 2004, forty years after the game. He remembered the game like it was yesterday. He said that a lot of things had to fall into place to make his strategy work; he remarked that "the rosary beads were clicking in our favor!"

-- In the 1969-70 season, women's collegiate basketball (at the time sanctioned by the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) used a 30-second shot clock on an experimental basis, officially adopting it for the 1970-71 season.

 --In 1973, Tennessee won 11-6 over Temple in an NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball game.

 --For the 1985-86 season, the NCAA introduced a 45-second shot clock for the men's game, later reducing it to 35 seconds in the 1993-94 season.


Some say, “It’s likely to rush players into taking lower-percentage shots even sooner than they do now.”
We say, don’t force the tempo, let all high school coaches and players have a chance to win, permit the upset when possible.  Allow for strategy!  We say  “no” to the shot clock!

What do some of the coaches have to say about this, go  HERE
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