NFHS Gives the Go-Ahead for States to Implement High School Hoops Shot Clock

photo courtesy of Dr. Dish Basketball Blog

by Keith Kelley–14 May ’21

Could a shot clock be coming for high school basketball in Wyoming? The National Federation of State High School Associations announced earlier this week that a shot clock could be permitted in high school basketball games by state association adoption.

Beginning with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock could be allowed in states if their athletic association chooses to adopt it. Cheyenne Central boys basketball coach Tagg Lain is in favor of the shot clock in Wyoming, but feels there are some hurdles to clear for it to happen.

“The additional cost of putting in shot clocks, putting in the workers that are going to work the shot clock.” Lain adds, “I know it becomes a big concern about shot clock violations, but I think that clock ticking during the course of the game is going to eliminate a lot of shot clock violations. But, what it’s going to force teams to do is play. So hopefully they find a way to get it in. I know it’s something that a lot of the coaches have talked about, and wanted.”

Eight state currently implement a shot clock. A proposal for a national rules was not approved.