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WIAA Board of Control votes down proposal to add shot clocks to high school basketball

Source: Jimmie Kaska | Civic Media

WIAA Board of Control votes down proposal to add shot clocks to high school basketball

Shot clocks in basketball appear to still be years away in Wisconsin, despite over half of the country adopting them at the high school level.

June 19, 2024 1:30 PM CDT

By: Jimmie Kaska

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (Civic Media) – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control decided against advancing a proposal to add shot clocks to high school basketball on Wednesday.

The vote was 6-4 against adding shot clocks, according to the WIAA.

The proposal would have allowed the use of a shot clock in non-conference games with mutual agreement in 2025-26 and full implementation in 2026-27.

The WIAA previously attempted to implement the shot clock in 2017, but it was quickly rescinded after schools, particularly smaller and rural schools, argued against the move due to costs and staffing.

A vote in favor of the proposal would have moved it along to the WIAA Annual Meeting next spring, where schools could directly vote on the measure.

A social media post by the WIAA was quickly filled up with comments questioning the decision by the Board of Control, with current or former high school basketball coaches chipping in on the conversation.

Homestead (Mequon) basketball coach Sean Crider
Vel Phillips Memorial (Madison) basketball coach Steve Collins, who also invited any Board of Control member to join him on his podcast
Parker (Janesville) and AAU coach Matt Bredeson, who has frequently posted about the shot clock topic on social media

Janesville Parker boys basketball coach Matt Bredeson posted that the WIAA “[has] a chance to be progressive and continue to decline it.”

“Another opportunity gone to make basketball in Wisconsin better,” Bredeson wrote. “Soon it will be 49 states with a shot clock and one without.”

As of January 2024, 27 states had full or partial shot clock implementation, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The NFHS adopted a 35-second shot clock for boys and girls basketball in 2021, which has since been added by Wisconsin border states Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.

In Illinois, the full shot clock implementation will be in 2026-27, the same target as the proposal that the WIAA Board of Control voted down Wednesday.

The only border state without a shot clock is Michigan, which has experimented with it in limited holiday events.

The Board of Control unanimously approved several winter sports measures, including playoff tournament seeding criteria in basketball, conference realignment procedures, a new requirement for spectators ejected from high school sporting events, and a pre-event meeting with sports medical professionals.

Wrestling saw the largest changes, including the addition of a state team girls wrestling event beginning in 2026-27 and team champion awards starting this upcoming school year. The boys tournament also saw some tweaks to the timing and structure of the three-day individual tournament.

For more information, you can visit the WIAA website.

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