Why Is There No Shot Clock in High School Basketball?

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Why Is There No Shot Clock in High School Basketball?
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After watching several high school basketball games this past winter, it is a wonder to me on why there is no shot clock for boys' games.

On the girls' side, a 35-second shot clock is implemented, but on the boys' side the shot clock is non-existent.

There really is no reason of why not to have the shot clock.

Pricing and implementation would be minimal, with most high-school gyms already having a shot-clock because of the girls game. Boys' games would emulate all other levels of the game, including college and in the NBA.

Also, with a shot clock, teams wouldn't be able to stall near the end of the games. Fans will be attracted because of the faster pace that results from having a shot clock.

At the same time, defense is rewarded more often when a team on offense is unable to get a shot up in 35 seconds. The shot clock also opens up new strategy and game situations for coaches and players alike.

The people that are against implementing a shot clock only dislike it for one reason: change. My bet is that sooner or later those who make the rules (WIAA) will realize that the benefits of having a shot clock in boys' basketball far outweigh the negatives (basically nothing), and change the rule.

There really is no draw-back to having a shot clock. Me and other basketball fans are still clueless on the matter. Please, WIAA, do something!

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