High School Shot Clock

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High School Shot Clock

High school basketball currently doesn't have a shot clock, but it needs one badly. Shot clocks are clocks that have a timer that forces teams to shoot the ball under the time limit. If the team doesn't get the shot off in a certain time, the other team gets the ball. My stance on this topic is that shot clocks need to be added to high school basketball.

Shot clocks are needed to help players better prepare for college. Steve Smith, who coaches at Oak Hill, (Oak Hill has sent 70 players to play college ball) said that the kids might as well get used to playing with a shot clock. This shows how the shot clock tremendously helps players who want to play in college. Greg Wise’s team regularly scored over 100 at a school called Yates in Houston, and he said that teams won’t prepare their kids for college as much if they just hold onto the ball. Teams that hold onto the ball the whole time without a shot clock are just taking away from the players that want to get better at basketball. The players from Whitney Young high school, who played in the GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase and the Hall of Fame Hoop Hall Classic, said that they all believe that the shot clocks from those tournaments helped better prepare them for college ball. Lots of players want shot clocks to help them prepare for college basketball, so there is no reason why high school shouln't have them. For example, Darianne Seward, who plays on a nationally rated All-Ohio Black 17-under team, says that sometimes they have shot clocks in their games, and that it helps prepare them for the speed of college basketball. Shot clocks are needed in high school because without them players can't prepare for college basketball nearly as well as they could with them.

High school basketball should have a shot clock because they help better prepare players for college, they make games more entertaining by allowing teams a better chance to come back, and many coaches and players want the shot clock to be implemented into the high school game.

Coaches and Players Want Them

More Entertaining for everyone

Why the people who don't want them are wrong

Most coaches and players would be very happy if high school basketball started using a shot clock. For example, 63% of coaches wanted a shot clock when the National Federation of State High School Associations asked in 2012. That means that the majority of coaches want the shot clock to be added. Geno Auriemma, coach for Univeristy of Connecicut, said that he hates the fact that there is no shot clock in high school. Even players that used to play in high school loved using a shot clock when they had the oppurtunity to. Jahlil Okafor, who now plays in the NBA, said that he loved playing with a shot clock in high school at the tournaments they used them at. Some states have even put in shot clocks because coaches wanted them. For example, Mike Colbrese, the executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, said that Washington had an online survey and 2/3rds of the coaches wanted a shot clock in the state, so they got one. Both players and coaches would be ecstatic if we got a shot clock. The players and coaches are the ones who are acutally in the game, so if they want shot clocks, we need them.

Should High School Basketball Have a Shot Clock?

It Prepares Players for College

Shot clocks would make high school basketball a lot more fun and exciting than playing without shot clocks. Jahlil Okafor, who is now in the NBA, said that when they were playing a Prime Prep high school team on ESPN he thought that the shot clock was what made them be able to get back into the game after they were down 18. Both players and coaches would absolutely love to have a shot clock. Bill Francis's team, Boyden-Hull, won two state championships, and he said that he thinks the shot clock would add more excitement to the game. A huge amount of coaches think that having shot clocks would be an amazing idea that would make the game more exciting.One person who thinks it would be more entertaining is Geno Auriemma, the coach of the women’s team at Connecticut Univeristy, who said that when he went to go watch a state semifinal game they stalled for a lot of the first and second quarter. Then in the last half, they played a good, normal, exciting game, and Geno said he wondered why they didn’t have a shot clock to make the whole game like that. Also, Mary Struckhoff, an NFHS assistant director, said that she thinks that fans and kids would like a shot clock. If high school added shot clocks, everyone would have much more fun watching the games.

People who don't want shot clocks would argue that they cost a lot of money to buy and operate, and that they don't even raise scoring averages in high school. The people that say that are completely wrong though. Actually, there is only 16 states without a shot clock that score more than states with shot clocks, and there is 28 states without a shot clock that score less than states with shot clocks. That shows how the scoring averages don't really go up without the shot clock. Most high school players would rather play fast instead of slow, and a fast game would attract more fans to the games. Coaches also think that games are more interesting with shot clocks. For example, Geno Auriemma, who coaches the University of Connecticut women's team, said that states with shot clocks actually play instead of holding the ball. Even though shot clocks cost quite a bit, there is lots of coaches who would be very happy if there was a shot clock added. Steve Smith, who coaches at Oak Hill high school, said that most of the slowdown games you see without a shot clock aren't exciting at all. More people coming to games would cover the cost of shot clocks, and they'd make the game more exciting than ever before.

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