We wonder what the results would have been if fans were polled.
Despite strong support from coaches and officials, the National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that a national shot clock will not be coming to high school basketball.
As reported by USA Today, the basketball rules committee of the national governing body voted down a proposal that would have implemented the shot clock.
That vote came after reportedly 63 percent of coaches and 47 percent of officials who responded to a questionnaire sent out by the NFHS favored implementing a shot clock. However, only 24 percent of state administrators responded as such. The NFHS represents all state governing bodies.
"I think the committee would look a little stronger at the opinions of the state office folks," NFHS representative Kent Summers told the newspaper. "Those actually are our members."
The shot clock movement garnered some national thrust after the Class 5A girls basketball title game in Oregon this past season ended with a final score of 16-7
. Willamette slowed the game to help it compete against a more talented Springfield team. The result was the lowest scoring championship game in state history.
Summers acknowledged that style of play might not interest fans, but a national shot clock would impact coaching tactics. Eight states had implemented a shot clock previously.
"Fans don't like to see the ball held," Summers said.
"It's not as exciting, but on the other hand, a lot of coaches want the flexibility to hold the ball, the coaching philosophy of being able to slow the ball down and being able to control the game and possibly come out on top."
What do you think? Is a national shot clock needed or should states decide how they want their games to be played?