Montana Adopts Shot Clock for HS Basketball, Adds Baseball as Sanctioned Sport
Written by Cole Havens on January 18, 2022
A 35-second shot clock has officially been approved for High School basketball in Montana, as has sanctioned High School Baseball.
With that news coming out, could that mean it’s just a matter of time until Wyoming Basketball adopts the same measures?
The shot clock will officially go into effect during the 2022-23 school year in the treasure state.
According to the Billings Gazette, the proposal states: “Upon approval, schools would begin installation of shot clocks following the 2021-2022 basketball season. This would allow for training and implementation to occur during the June-July summer basketball tournaments and games. This would enable teams to work with the shot clock, teams to grow familiar and comfortable with the concept and allow for any changes that needed to be made to happen well before the high school season begins in 2022.”
Now this isn’t going to be cheap. It’s been estimated that costs could be in the ballpark of $5,000-$10,000 to have a shot clock installed. You also have to factor in the costs of having another person run the shot clock during games.
In addition, Montana added High School baseball as a sanctioned sport. Like Wyoming, Montana has a legion season that runs through the summer.
And last but not least it was agreed upon in Montana that eighth graders can now participate in all varsity sports outside of football.
If you ask me, there are many pros and cons to whatever is decided on a shot clock.
So what say you Wyoming? Should the cowboys state adopt a shot clock in the high school basketball ranks?