GHSA approves use of shot clock beginning in 2020-21 season

It’s been a long time in the making, but the GHSA announced earlier this week that it will implement a 30-second shot clock in basketball starting this season. The motion passed 53-10.

In a long-debated topic, it lays to rest the days of holding the ball to slow down faster-paced teams and/or to run down the clock.

The decision to pass the motion means basketball sees a game-changing move in back-to-back years. Last season brought about the inception of the new bright orange EVIL basketballs.

The shot clock implementation will come in a phased approach, as follows:

  • Year 1 (2020-2021): Shot clock used only in approved Holiday Tournaments and Showcase games. Not allowed in region games or postseason games.
  • Year 2 (2021-2022): Shot clock used in approved tournaments and showcase games. Also used in region play as a region decision.
  • Year 3 (2022-2023): Shot clock used in all varsity games including the State Playoffs.


While the shot clock for basketball was arguably the biggest decision at the state executive meeting on June 23, there were other changes worth noting:

  • All Cross Country area meets will be eliminated and be changed to region competitions. (passed 59-4)
  • Track & Field will phase in a new event, the 4×800 Relay, by Spring 2022. (passed unanimously)
  • Baseball eliminates the requirement for double-headers during the regular season. (passed unanimously)
  • Wrestling eliminates the ability for a wrestler to substitute for another if the original wrestler is unable to wrestle at the time of weigh-in. (passed unanimously)

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