GHSA approves shot clock, will be implemented over three years

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 11:33 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (WCTV) - During Tuesday’s athletic director meeting in Thomaston, Georiga, the executive committee approved a 30-second shot clock in Georgia high school basketball.

The implementation will take place over three years.

In year one, the shot clock will only be used for the holiday tournaments and showcase games. In year two, shot clocks will be for non-region games and region games, if approved unanimously by the region. In year three, all games, including the state tournament, would have a shot clock.

Brooks County boys basketball coach Darious Dennard said this change is needed to get kids ready for the collegiate level.

“Coaches are just going to have to get more creative with their strategies and be willing to adapt,” Dennard said. “If you’re a coach that has been running the same offense for the past 20 years and it’s pass, pass, pass, pass until we get the best shot, no that’s not going to work anymore.”

Wisconsin recently added the shot clock at the high school level; the cost was between $2,000 and $3,000 dollars.

Georgia will be the ninth state to add the shot clock at the high school level.

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