Avoid launching a long, low-probability pass with little time on the clock and rather get the ball into the hands of a guard, which makes for a shorter pass to the front court. MORE
A Nationwide Shot Clock?
Today I want to talk about a hot topic right now – a nationwide shot clock. I recently learned that states using a shot clock are actually out of compliance with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), meaning they technically can’t vote on potential other rule changes in that sport.
Every survey I read indicates most coaches are in favor of a shot clock in their state, but does being out of compliance with the NFHS change your opinion? Does being out of compliance matter?
I’d like to see a shot clock as it keeps the game moving and rewards great defense. Our game is based upon athleticism, effort, hustle, vision and smarts – none of those come into play when a team sits on the ball in an attempt to shrink a potential talent gap. Plus, we want to encourage players to give their all on defense, which is next to impossible to do if possessions are lasting longer than 30, 35 or 45 seconds.
I know there is a substantial cost involved and you need someone with knowledge to run the clock at your games, so there are some drawbacks as well but I think the advantages to both competitors and fans outweigh the potential downsides.