Starting in the 2022-2023 high school season the National Federation of State High School Associations will allow states to have a 35-second shot clock for basketball games.
Eight states already use shot clocks. Now with the blessing of the national governing body in May, it is up to individual states to determine if they plan on using a shot clock or not.
“The timing of the rule change is not coordinate with the legislative process for the VHSL,” said Tom Dolan, VHSL Associate Director.
The state of Virginia needs to survey coaches, consult with committees, and vote to determine the usage of a shot clock. If regional leaders determine there is a need for it, then the vote will go to the executive committee in September. But in the meantime questions, need to be answered.
One of the first questions is what is it going to take minimally to implement a shot clock. According to an article written by the Austin American-Statesman in Texas, a state that has a shot clock, it can cost between less than $1,800 to more than $3,000, not including the cost of a person to actually run it for games.
Dolan is looking at the issue of a shot clock as a global problem as well, before meetings occur in September. There are 319 schools in Virginia that would need a shot clock roughly at the same time as everyone else and it could be difficult to