SHERIDAN – Jeff Martini doesn’t understand why some people object to the shot clock in high school basketball.
“I don’t know,” said high school boys’ basketball head coach Sheridan. ” I do not understand. Honestly, I do not know.
Martini wants Wyoming to set up a stopwatch. Soon he could make his wish come true.
In April, the National Federation of State High School Associations approved a proposal allowing states to adopt a 35-second stopwatch for the 2022-2023 season.
SHS business director Don Julian said the topic was lightly discussed at Wyoming 4A AD meetings last week, but added this fall that it will be further discussed as a serious option for 2022-2023 and beyond.
“Our coaches are supportive of it,” said Julian. “I think most of the guys at 4A are in favor of it.”
And while another NFHS proposal to mandate universal use of a stopwatch has failed, people like Martini still want the stopwatch in Wyoming. Two Bronc players have taken to Twitter to express their support.
“Yeah, we need it,” tweeted senior forward Frank Sinclair.
“Yessssss,” former Sheridan forward and 2021 graduate Sam Lecholat said. “It’s really necessary. Maintains the pace of play.
There are a lot of reasons for implementing the clock.
A shot clock would force more action, especially towards the end of quarters and games. Instead of being able to hold the ball for an infinite amount of time to secure the last shot of the quarter, teams would be tied to the time allotted on the shot clock. This would eliminate possessions of more minutes and bring more strategy into the way teams attack crisis situations.
“To me, it’s not basketball when it gets ranged,” Martini said. “(A stopwatch) forces coaches to think outside the box to figure out what your team can do. How to get the best shot? You can’t keep the ball, so you have to rely on your defense to make saves and the ability of the players to shoot.
Martini also said that a high school shooting clock could help players recruit, because colleges use a 30-second clock and the National Basketball Association has a 24-second clock. And it’s more exciting for the fans because of the rise in the action.
Martini assumes the biggest downside is the potential cost.
“They claim that all of the costs to get firing clocks and all of the costs to have someone else run the clock are too high for a lot of schools,” he said. “I don’t know. States that have less money than we have been able to do it, so I don’t know if that’s necessarily the problem. We are making football clockwork.
Currently, eight states use shooting timers. Plus will be implementing them for 2022 due to the NFHS announcement.
Martini hopes Wyoming is one of those states.