Basketball 'Weekly Blast' for Nov. 7


Please be sure to circulate the information in these “Weekly Blasts” throughout the season in an effort to regularly address the issues observed during GHSA games.

SHOT CLOCK – This is the 3rd year of our roll-in for use of the Shot Clock in varsity level contests.  Keep in mind the following:

  • Use of a Shot Clock is mandatory at all varsity level contests.  Failure to have an operable device, or alternate device, shall result in the host school being assessed an “administrative” technical foul to start each quarter. NOTE: The Shot Clock may be used at the sub-varsity level if agreed upon prior to the day of competition.
  • The Shot Clock operator shall be a separate individual from the Game Clock operator and 21 years of age or older.
  • The Shot Clock operator may be contracted through the local officiating association or may be an individual assigned by the host school. If contracted through the local officiating association, the fee is ½ the game fee plus part of the travel fee expense for the officiating crew.
  • The Shot Clock operator must complete the “Shot Clock Protocol” certification on the GHSA website.
  • The Shot Clock will be used throughout the State Tournament

Any additional questions concerning the Shot Clock please contact Andy Cowart, GHSA Basketball Rules Liaison (

SPORTSMANSHIP – As you are all aware “unsporting behavior” was at an all-time high last season.  This must be controlled this season by someone other than the game officials.  Administrators are expected to address and control behavioral expectations of coaches and spectators, and coaches must do the same with their staff and players. If this trend in “bad behavior” continues, we will see a decline in officiating registration numbers and, as a result, games not being able to be scheduled.

WEEKDAY GAME SCHEDULING – The restriction on the number of games that may be scheduled on a weekday that precedes another weekday was rescinded a number of years ago.  Any restriction on this issue is a local school matter.

EVENT SANCTIONING – If you plan to schedule a contest(s) in a tournament (in state or out of state), please check the GHSA website to ensure that event(s) has received “approved” sanctioning. Participation in a non-sanctioned event will result in penalties and possible fines.

MAXPREPS – Remember, schools are required to submit game schedules and game results on MaxPreps.  Rosters and statistics are requested.

MEDIA TIMEOUTS – We will continue the weekly “Media Timeouts” throughout the season on the GHSA website. The first edition will be on Wednesday, November 29.

Good Fortune!

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