PIAA has discussions about introducing the shot clock in high school basketball
(WKBN) – This is one of the most exciting moments in basketball – a buzzer beater. In Pennsylvania, the moment could start to happen more often with discussions involving the installation of shot clocks in the high school game.
“A lot of hope,” said Greenville women’s basketball head coach Samantha Faler. “Being a defensive coach and my girls playing with so much heart and hustle on the defensive end, I like the idea of just playing them for a bit instead of a few minutes until we force a turnover. or a bad shot. I’m super excited for the possibility of that.
If they decide in favor of a shot clock, it will not make an effort until at least the 2024-2025 season.
In a limited survey conducted this year by the Pennsylvania Basketball Coaches Association, 77% of coaches said they favored a shot clock.
Currently, 14 states have high school shooting clocks, which Falor says can help the girls’ game.
“I think it would change things a lot,” Faler said. “I think that would be great for the girls’ game in general, to really step up. Women’s basketball has come so far and I think that would help even more.”
However, this poses an interesting problem for schools and administration – money. Some estimates put the cost at nearly $10,000.
“I don’t know the answer to that question, it would be something that would be difficult to budget for,” Hickory athletic director Madeline Hoffman said.
Hoffman says that not only would the upfront cost be a barrier, but also staffing and training.
“It’s going to be really hard to staff that,” Hoffman said. “I’m having enough trouble finding someone to run the regular clock for all these games. But to implement that, and the training and all that goes with it, I feel like it’s a tough task for a lot of these schools.
The PIAA sends out a survey to all member schools in April and then in May the committee will meet again for a recommendation before the board potentially votes.