MSHSL: No shot clock coming to high school basketball, classes added in other sports

MSHSL: No shot clock coming to high school basketball, classes added in other sports Photo: Minnesota State High School League

June 03, 2019 02:00 PM

On Monday, the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors voted on several action items, including changes in basketball, cross country, boys' hockey, soccer, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. 

One of the proposals for basketball included adding a 35-second shot clock.


The board voted 13-5 against the rule. The state's 16 MSHSL region committees also voted 11-5 against the shot clock addition and the MSHSL athletic directors advisory committee voted 14-2 against it. The shot clock has been a hot topic for a few years.

Minnesota is one of 42 states that currently does not have shot clocks for high school basketball. 

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Another rule proposal that would have reformatted the Class 4A state girls and boys basketball tournaments did not receive a motion to take it to vote. 

The change would have included taking the final two teams in each Class 4A section, then seeding for what would amount to a 16-team state tournament.

The top eight seeds would have been given random opponents. 

But volleyball will now have four classes, consisting of 4A (largest 64 schools), Class 3A (the next 64), Class 2A (the next 128) and Class A (the remaining schools).

Cross country and soccer will each now have three classes. The new formats will begin in the 2021-2022 school year. 

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