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Shot clock shot down

The WIAA Board of Control voted down implementation of the shot clock for high school basketball starting in the 2019-20 season.{ }

STEVENS POINT (WLUK) -- Eight states in the country have the shot clock for high school basketball and Friday Wisconsin could've become the ninth.

The WIAA Board of Control met to discuss and vote on whether to implement a shot clock for 2019-20 season and the BOC voted, 7-3, against implementing the shot clock.

The BOC initially voted 6-4 in June to implement the shot clock, but the BOC received significant feedback from the membership at the seven area meetings in September. That led to another vote Friday with a different result.

"I voted not to implement because in my previous position as Advisory Council we voted against it because I think it would change the game to the point where it doesn't allow the lesser-skilled team an opportunity to challenge the higher-skilled team," said BOC member and Manitowoc athletics director Dave Steavpack.

Maybe the biggest issue with implementing the shot clock is cost, especially for smaller schools. Bigger schools could pay for it by donation or booster clubs, but not all small schools have those options.

Most coaches believe adding a shot clock is good for the game and the kids.

"I'd like to see the shot clock, I think it would be good for the game," West De Pere boys basketball coach Andy Werner said. "I know the kids like it and that's ultimately what we're here for, the kids. It would be more entertaining in my eyes. Whatever's good for basketball, I'm good with that."

"I think I would like the shot clock," Hortonville girls coach Celeste Ratka said. "I think it's better for the fans to watch. I also like coaching that style and a lot of these kids are going to move on to play college basketball. It's good preparation for them for the next level."

After the BOC voted down the shot clock there was a motion for it to be implemented in 2021-22. That was also voted down.

So it seems the foreseeable future of high school basketball will be played as it always has been -- without a shot clock.

Despite what occurred Friday it seems likely a shot clock one day will come to high school basketball.

In fact, the BOC said if teams want to use a shot clock in non-conference games or holiday tournaments next season, they can. The BOC prefers to have a "pilot" program where teams experiment in non-conference games with the shot clock to see what the reaction is to playing with it.

That might lead to more action in the future to adding a shot clock, assuming the reaction is positive.

"I think the position of the WIAA as well as the coaches association, it's going to come at some point in time," Steavpack said. "Whether it comes in two years, five years or seven or eight years, I think it's up to the member schools to implement it at the right time."

For now, the right time is a mystery.

Follow Doug Ritchay on Twitter @dougritchay

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