Florida approves high school basketball clock: Key questions, answers



For Sunshine State high school basketball, the era of the shot clock is upon us.

The Florida High School Athletic Association’s board of directors voted Monday to begin implementing the shot clock in high school boys’ and girls’ basketball on an “optional but recommended” basis beginning the season. 2022-23.

However, the association opted not to require the shot clock in 2024-25, as originally planned, leaving the plan without a firm deadline for implementation.

The vote brings Florida high school basketball one step closer to the NBA, WNBA and NCAA in shot clock use.

Here are some key questions about the shot clock decision and what it means for basketball across Florida.

Nia Brown (25) of Orange Park dribbles the ball against Niylia Wilkins (23) of Pine Forest during the first quarter of an FHSAA Region 1-5A Women's Basketball Championship.

When will the shot clock go into effect in Florida?

Schools can start using the shot clocks immediately if they wish. The association classifies the use of the shot clock in 2022-23 and 2023-24 as “optional but recommended”.

The original plan was to require schools participating in FHSAA competition to begin using the shot clock for boys’ and girls’ basketball in the 2024-25 season, but the board voted to remove language requiring a implementation 2024-25.

It’s unclear how many schools will opt to install stopwatches in time for the 2022-23 season in November.

How did the FHSAA vote?

The 16-member FHSAA Board of Directors approved the measure as amended by a 15-1 vote.

How will the high school clock be different from other levels of basketball?

The FHSAA will use a 35-second shot clock, unlike the NBA’s 24 seconds or college basketball’s 30 seconds.

Ponte Vedra goalkeeper Nathan Bunkosky dribbles down the lane against Winter Haven in the Class 6A Men's Basketball Semi-Final.

Why wasn’t the shot clock already used in Florida high school basketball?

The main reason: cost. A set of two shot clocks (one for each end of the field) and related equipment typically costs several thousand dollars. Also, the clocks would need someone to operate them.

How much will schools have to pay for shot clocks?

It’s not clear, and estimates vary widely. Former Florida State and New York Knicks guard Charlie Ward, among the stopwatch’s staunchest supporters, said he had already purchased two stopwatches for the summer league game for an estimated $100,000. $600, but Lee County Board Member Chris Patricca estimated a cost per school of $2,900. at $5,000.

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What other states use the shot clock?

The number increases. In April 2021, the National Federation of State High School Associations voted to begin allowing member associations to implement the shot clock for basketball, and Georgia — which had already begun work on a plan shot clock – will require the shot clock in 2022-23.

Iowa, Minnesota, South Carolina and Utah are among the states to approve the shot clock this winter. Several states, including California and New York, had already implemented the shot clock (California did 45 years ago for women’s basketball) even without permission from the NFHS. However, not all states are ready for timed hoops: Pennsylvania administrators voted last month to postpone any shot clock plan to at least 2024-25, and a proposed shot clock in North Carolina did not go beyond the committee stage.

Clayton Freeman covers high school sports and more for the Florida Times-Union. Follow him on Twitter at @CFreemanJAX.