30-second shot clock approved for Washington high school boys basketball, starting in 2020-2021 season

High school basketball in the state of Washington will implement 30-second shot clocks for both boys and girls, now mirroring NCAA rules.

The rule modification was passed overwhelmingly in a 50-3 vote by the WIAA representative assembly on Monday in a move to standardize the shot clock for boys and girls. The boys have had a 35-second shot clock since 2009.

The rule goes into place in the 2020-2021 school year. The 30-second clock will be reset when the ball hits the rim. 

Girls basketball has had a 30-second shot clock in place since 1974. On the boys side, a shot clock did not exist until 2009, when a 35-second shot clock was implemented to match the NCAA men’s basketball rules. The NCAA moved to a 30-second shot clock for men and women in 2015-16.

The WIAA’s representative assembly is made up of 53 administrators from across the state — 35 high school, 18 middle school. The amendment was one of 18 passed on Monday. Five proposed amendments failed.

Here is more information on the WIAA’s voted on amendments.

Statewide High School Sports Reporter at SBLive | andy@scorebooklive.com

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