Shot Clock

The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors voted down a proposal to add a shot clock to boys and girls basketball and its June 4 meeting. The vote was 13-5 against with one member abstaining.

Time seems to have run out on the hope of adding a shot clock to Minnesota high school boys and and girls basketball games.

At the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors meeting on June 4, a plan to add a 35-second shot clock was voted down 13-5 with one member abstaining. Two other previous proposals to add a shot clock failed as well.

State basketball leaders and coaches also tried to get a Sweet 16 state tournament format, but that didn’t even make it to a vote.

However, some state tournament expansion was approved at the meeting. The board approved a third class to both boys and girls cross country and soccer and a fourth class to volleyball. Changes will be implemented for the 2021-22 school year.

Volleyball is the highest participation sport for girls. It’s been at three classes since 1999. Soccer went to two classes in 1997, while boys cross country went to two classes in 1975, followed by the girls in 1978.

For cross country, soccer and volleyball, the top 64 schools will make up the largest class. For soccer and volleyball, the next 64 schools make up Class AA, while the rest are in Class A.

The next 96 biggest schools will make up Class AA in cross country with the rest in Class A.

Boys and girls tennis also put in a proposal to go to three classes, but no action was taken. The board also did not take any action on expanding the state dance tournament and to add a full consolation bracket to the state wrestling tourney.

Nordic skiing representatives had their proposal approved to add a sprint relay to the state meet.

The board also approved two wrestling proposals during the meet. They approved a motion that allows a wrestling team to enter more than one wrestler at a specific weight in an individual regular-season tournament if byes exist. The additional wrestlers would help fill the open spots that currently exist in individual tournaments.

It also approved a motion that would allow programs with 20 or fewer participants to participate in up to two scrimmages per week.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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