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Vote shots more favor for shot clock in Class A

More athletic directors around the state believe a shot clock in high school basketball is needed at more than the Class AA level. South Dakota athletic directors voted in favor of a 35-second shot clock for Class A basketball by a 26-21 vote at ...

More athletic directors around the state believe a shot clock in high school basketball is needed at more than the Class AA level.

South Dakota athletic directors voted in favor of a 35-second shot clock for Class A basketball by a 26-21 vote at their annual spring conference last week in Pierre.

Wagner Athletic Director Neil Goter, who is on the state's basketball advisory committee, said although the measure passed, it will not likely go to the South Dakota High School Activities Association office for a vote.

"It's got to pass by a pretty good margin before it gets to the office," Goter said. "It's a topic that's been brought up a couple of times and the margin is getting wider."

Measures that normally pass to the SDHSAA board of directors is usually pass by the athletic directors by a two-thirds margin, according to Goter.

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One of the main concerns many athletic directors have with the addition of a shot clock at the lower levels is cost. The price for shot clocks range from $2,000 to $5,000 to get installed in a gymnasium.

"Nobody has had shot clocks installed because we could never use it," Goter said of all 60 schools that play Class A basketball.

Another item discussed at the meeting was a combined girls' and boys' state tournament for Class AA girls' and boys' high school basketball. In 2015, Class AA will play a combined state tournament in Sioux Falls and it will be held in Rapid City in 2016.

"This was discussed for a two-year test period," Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross said. "The double-As is going to be the pilot program."

Gross said a reason Class AA is going through with the combined tournaments is to make it convenient for schools that potentially have duplicate teams in both girls' and boys' tournaments on a year-to-year basis.

"With the small amount of schools in double-A, it's likely that four will cross over," he said. "How cool would have that been for Mitchell two years ago with two teams in the championship?"

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