May 27, 2018
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National high school basketball rules panel opts against shot clock

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

The National Federation of State High School Associations’ basketball rules committee, meeting in Indianapolis recently, considered a proposal to add a shot clock to the high school rules but agreed that the sport played by about 1 million boys and girls in approximately 18,000 high schools is functioning well without it.

Although a shot clock has been employed at the college and professional levels for many years, results of a questionnaire sent to coaches, officials and state association administrators across the country did not indicate a strong desire to use the 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,” said Kent Summers, director of performing arts and sports at the NFHS, in a press release.

“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.”

Basketball is the second most popular sport for girls and third most popular for boys at the high school level, according to the 2010-11 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS, with 438,933 girls and 545,844 boys participating nationwide. The sport ranks first in school sponsorship of girls and boys teams with 17,767 schools sponsoring the sport for girls and 18,150 sponsoring the sport for boys.

PI hall of fame to induct eight

The Presque Isle High School Hall of Fame will induct eight new members during ceremonies scheduled for Saturday.

Named to the hall’s Class of 2012 are Eugene Hunter, Steve Condon, Darci Collins McCrum, Stacy Hafford Barnes, Melissa Blackstone Gogain, coaches Jim Dyer and Jim Lyford and community member Jim Carter.

The new inductees will be introduced prior to the start of Presque Isle’s baseball-softball doubleheader against Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor at noon. A social half hour is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Shriners building on the Houlton Road in Presque Isle, which will be followed by a buffet-style meal after which the induction ceremony will begin. A silent auction also will be held at the event.

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