A few weeks ago, I posted an item about the possibility of adding a shot clock to boys basketball in Washington.
Since then I have been contacting local boys hoops coaches to find out how they feel about the issue. So far, it’s been about a 50-50 split; half of the coaches are in favor of a shot clock and the other half wants to continue without it. (A shot clock is already used in girls basketball in Washington.)
The most common reasons given by coaches who support adding a shot clock are:
*It will speed up the game.
*It will better prepare players for college and pro basketball, where shot clocks are used.
*Teams protecting a lead will no longer be able to stall at the end of a game.
The main arguments submitted by coaches who are against adding a shot clock are:
*The high school game is already great. Why change it?
*With no shot clock, teams with a variety of styles and strengths can succeed.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly (athletic directors from throughout the state) will consider the shot-clock question, along with other proposed amendments, April 24 in Renton.
What do you think? It’s time to share your opinion. After you vote, please explain your choice in the comments section.