The National Federation of State High School Associations shot down a proposal to add the shot clock to high school boys and girls basketball, announced Tuesday.
At its April 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis, a NFHS committee considered a proposal to add a shot clock to the high school rules, but agreed the sport is functioning well without it.
Although a shot clock has been employed in college and the NBA for many years, results of a questionnaire sent to coaches, officials and state association administrators nationally did not indicate a overwhelming desire to use the shot clock at the high school level.
"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," Kent Summers, director of performing arts and sports at the NFHS, said. "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."