The realist picture that I took over the summer was this picture of the shot clock in my heading. Many people believe you have to be an expert to discuss basketball on a high level, tell you the truth that’s not the case. Constructive dialogue is only good when you have your facts in place.

I believe this topic of discussion will go over many people heads. Due to the fact that many people come to discussions very emotional. They are not ready to present their argument in a civilized manner. Let’s give our readers some very important information on the states that allow the shot clock.

The National Federation of State High School Associations rulebook does not allow use of a shot clock at the high school level, but each state association can decide on using one.

Here are the Eight states — California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington.  However, doing so means those states forfeit a seat on the basketball rules committee with the NFHS.

I want to make it very clear I believe that a shot clock should be used in high school basketball. I don’t know the budget’s for athletic departments for basketball in the various State.

I am a realist, I must keep an open mind to the topic of discussion, and look at both sides from a financial standpoint. What is the budget for the athletics Department in the state of Nevada?  And how much will it cost to have someone over see the shot clock?


Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why many states don’t have the desire for a shot clock:

Installing a shot clock could cost upward of $5,000, which could be difficult financially for smaller schools that don’t have large athletic budgets.

Adding a shot clock isn’t as simple as installing it. Someone to run the clock with knowledge of the shot clock rules, which means having to pay another worker at scorer’s table.

The Game has Evolve: 

The game is evolving so fast, players are becoming stronger, bigger, and faster. Coaching philosophies or more detail, and many of these young players are physically becoming capable of competing at a very high level.

This is where my argument comes into play. I believe that a shot clock is necessary. I watch a lot of basketball at the high school and grassroot levels. Many of these young men are competing to play at the next level. Proper preparation give opportunity to excel at a high level. This is the purpose of a shot clock. fullsizeoutput_404f

In the late 80s when the three-point line was introduced to the high school level. Many people opposed it. Over the years it has increased the pace of the game. It caused players to become more engaged.

This past summer I had an opportunity to attend the Adidas Championship here in Las Vegas. The shot clock was in full effect.

Basketball is big business and our young people have become the commodity part of the business. This is also at the high school level, if the system is going to benefit from the level of play. Then we need to give our children the necessary tools to compete at a high level. DFuHaJVUwAEjcO9

The city of Las Vegas is in a position to create dialogue. We have become the Mecca of basketball on the West Coast. Everyone wants to play here!

I believe proper committees can be put together in order for the shot clock to be implemented. U.S.A. basketball talks about making the game better. Then they must consider the shot clock.

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