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UHSAA To Add Shot Clock For Utah High School Basketball

Jan 20, 2022, 1:39 PM | Updated: 5:38 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) board of trustees voted to add a shot clock to both boys and girls high school basketball.

Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, varsity high school basketball games will have a 35-second shot clock. The new rule applies to all classifications of high schools in Utah.

The rules and logistics of the shot clock will follow guidelines set by the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee.

Utah High School Shot Clock Guidelines

Host schools will be able to decide for themselves whether or not to implement the shot clock on sub-varsity games, but all rules must be applied to both boys and girls basketball.

“NFHS Rule 2-14 states that each state association may adopt a shot clock beginning in the 2022-23 season – according to guidelines outlined in the Basketball Rules Book – to encourage standardization among states. Guidelines include displaying two timepieces that are connected to a horn that is distinctive from the game clock horn, and using an alternative timing device, such as a stopwatch at the scorer’s table, for a shot clock malfunction. The guidelines also allow for corrections to the shot clock only during the shot clock period in which an error occurred and the officials have definite information relative to the mistake or malfunction,” reads a release detailing the change from UHSAA.

The rule change feels like a long time coming, back in November of 2021, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell weighed in.

“Gotta get shot clocks into high school games!!!!” read the tweet.

Each week KSL Sports streams a selection of high school basketball games in the state of Utah. You can check out our schedule here. 

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