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The 2022-23 basketball season will look slightly different this season with the addition of the shot clock.
The shot clock is a countdown timer that allows a set amount of time that a team may possess the ball to score a goal.
Raider basketball coach Bret Ruggles is excited to see the new addition.
“The shot clock is a great addition to our game,” said Ruggles. “We have seen it used at the college level for quite some time now and the future of the game depends on advancing its sport.”
Ruggles doesn’t see the clock as something that will change much for the way the Raiders play.
“For us personally, it will not have too much effect on us offensively as we like to play fast, however, it’s a great advantage to us defensively,” said Ruggles. “We have had several times where we are forced to foul in situations because a team is stalling the clock out and now it forces them to play offense and not just hold the ball. It will be better for the fans as it creates an offensive flow to the game.”
The Raiderettes head coach, Thad Streit, believes we will see more turnovers and lower shooting percentages, as shown by other states that have implented the shot clock.
“This will be interesting to see how it works out,” said coach Streit. “I think this will affect the smaller school more than the bigger schools for a few different reasons.”
Streit highlighted finding someone to run the clock and educate them on the rules, as well as finding room at an already full scorers table.
“We will start with finding people to run the clock and finding space at the scorers tables,” said Streit. “They have to know all the rules as to when to reset the clock and a good eye to know when the ball touches the rim. I think there is going to be a lot of confusion with the officials and the scorers table. The game will be stopped for questions and if the clock should reset or where the clock was at. Next, when this was researched, it was found that states that did use the shot clock had their overall shooting percentage go down and the number of turnovers go up. There is going to be change and change is not accepted real well, even if it is for the best. This is going to take some time to get used to.”
A look at the rules will help those in the stands understand just when the clock resets and when it doesn’t.
The clock will be stopped and reset when there is:
• A single personal foul
• A single technical foul assessed to the defensive team
• During team control, a defensive player causes a held ball and the alternating possession arrow favors the defensive team.
• When a try for goal strikes the ring of flange and then possession is gained by either team.
• When a violation occurs
• After a held ball occurs during a throw-in and the alternating possession arrow favors the team that did not make the throw-in.
• After a held ball occurs during after an unsuccessful try that does not contact the ring or flange and the alternating possession arrow favors the non-shooting team
• After the ball goes out of bound and was last touched simultaneously by two opponents, both of whom are either inbound or out of bounds or when there is doubt as to who last touched the ball and the possession arrow favors the defensive team,
• When there is an inadvertent whistle and there was no player or team control at the time of the whistle.
The clock will be stopped and then time continued without a reset when play begins under the following circumstances:
• The ball is deflected out of bounds by a defensive player,
• A player is injured or loses a contact lens,
• A charged timeout has concluded,
• During team control as defined in NFHS 4-12-1, a defensive player causes a held ball, and the alternating possession arrow favors the offensive team,
• After any double personal or technical fouls or simultaneous personal or technical fouls when there is team control unless the penalty for the foul results in a change of possession,
• After an inadvertent whistle when there is team control.
• After any technical foul(s) is assessed to a team in control of the ball, or to the team entitled to the ball before it is at the disposal of the thrower-in, or to bench personnel,
• After a held ball occurs during a throw-in, and the alternating possession arrow favors the
team that made the throw-in.
• After a held ball occurs during after an unsuccessful try that does not contact the ring or flange, and the alternating possession arrow favors the shooting team.
• After the ball goes out of bounds and was last touched simultaneously by two opponents, both of whom are either inbounds or out of bounds or when there is doubt as to who last touched the ball and the possession arrow favors the offensive team.
NOTE: The offensive team, upon regaining possession of the ball for the throw-in, shall have the unexpired time on the shot clock to attempt a try.
• An intentionally kicked or fisted ball.