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NFHS votes against adding shot clock

May, 8, 2012
The National Federation of State High Schools announced Tuesday its basketball rules committee voted against the addition of a shot clock for its 18,000 basketball-playing schools, which includes Illinois. A shot clock is used some states, including California and New York.

“In addition to the fact that there is some concern about the costs associated with the use of a shot clock, the committee also expressed a belief that the game is typically played with an up-tempo style even without a shot clock,” NFHS director of performing arts and sports Kent Summers said in a statement. “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. This could be especially true for smaller schools with limited budgets, which comprise a significant number of the 18,000 basketball-playing schools. Since the NFHS writes rules for all sizes of schools and teams, it has to consider what is best for the masses.”

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