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.

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