Shot clock coming to high school basketball in 2019-20

A shot clock has been approved for high school basketball starting in 2019-20. (File photo)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- On Thursday the WIAA Board of Control approved by a 6-4 margin the use of a shot clock for varsity basketball games starting with the 2019-20 season.

The shot clock will be 35 seconds and other states that have a shot clock are: North Dakota, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington, New York, California and South Dakota.

"I am excited to see a shot clock coming," Ashwaubenon boys coach Chris Karcz said. "I think the addition of the shot clock will be a huge game changer in the state of Wisconsin, having the biggest impact on the game since the implementation of the 3-point shot.

"It will force players to be fundamentally sound with the dribble and pass, to move with the purpose of creating a shot for themselves or a teammate in a shorter amount of time."

Additionally, the Board approved the seeding for state tournaments in boys and girls basketball and team wrestling, starting next season. Four teams make the state tournament in each of the four divisions for basketball and each division will seed the four teams with a representative from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association breaking any ties.

Also, the Board approved a two-year that will split the boys hockey tournament into two divisions. Boys hockey currently has one division. The experiment will begin in 2019-20 and will place the schools with the 32 smallest enrollments into Division 2. Four teams would qualify for the state tournament in each division.

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