PREP BASKETBALL: Idaho could soon be on the clock
JASON ELLIOTT/Press Timberlake senior guard Taryn Soumas drives to the basket during the Idaho All-Star Basketball Games in March at Post Falls High. On Wednesday, the National Federations of State High School Associations allowed for states to adopt a shot clock beginning with the 2022-23 season.
From news services
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock will be permitted in high school basketball games by state association adoption. A proposal for a national rule mandating a shot clock was not approved.
A shot clock was among the topics discussed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its annual meeting April 20-22 held virtually this year. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Teams in Idaho could soon be using a shot clock, like is done in Washington.
"Coaches could propose it to the IHSAA or our board could also decide to bring it forward," Idaho High School Activities Association director Ty Jones said. "Because of the new state adoption rule, we would be able to keep our rotation for a seat on the NFHS basketball committee."
Rule 2-14 states that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season — according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book — to encourage standardization among states. Guidelines include displaying two timepieces that are connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game-clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot-clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction.
“We provided the committee with a lot of information regarding the shot clock, including responses to a 46-question survey sent to states currently using a shot clock,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.
Rule 3-5-4e was added to allow players to wear head coverings for religious reasons without obtaining state association approval. The head covering shall not be made of abrasive or hard materials and must be attached so that it is highly unlikely to come off during play. Basketball is the sixth sport in which a rule related to the wearing of head coverings or other equipment for religious reasons has been adopted, following volleyball, field hockey, soccer, spirit and swimming.
The official signals were also modified to use the same hand signal for a player control foul and a team control foul. Officials should use a hand placed at the back of the head, for both types of fouls. Previously, a team control foul was communicated with a punch of the hand.
“It is redundant to have different signals to communicate that a foul will be charged to a member of the team in control of the ball,” Wynns said. “Officials don’t understand the need to differentiate between a player control foul and a team control foul, and many game participants, table personnel and fans don’t know the difference.”