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High school basketball: IHSA basketball committee recommends 'mercy rule' running clock

The IHSA boys and girls basketball advisory committee is recommending a “mercy rule” running clock for all regular season contests. The committee made the recommendation at its annual meeting in Bloomington last week.

Similar to what the IHSA uses in football, the basketball game clock would run continuously once one team has a lead of 30 points or more. The proposed running clock would be used only in the fourth quarter. In such situations, the clock would stop only for timeouts, removal of an injured or disqualified player and administering technical foul free throws.

The rule would affect regular season games and regular season tournament games. The running clock would not be used during state tournament games.

The committee also recommended extending the coaching box to 28 feet from the end line, increased from the 14-foot coaching box that the IHSA currently uses.

The National Federation of State High School Associations approved the 28-foot coaching box last year. The NFHS has allowed states to use a mercy rule for a number of years.

IHSA committee recommendations still have to be approved by the IHSA Board of Directors before being adopted into the rulebook.

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