CIAC’s CT College basketball coaches are pleased to pass the shot clock

The shooting hour has finally arrived for the CIAC boys’ and girls’ basketball game.

Its implementation is not only expected to help speed up the game, but should also aid the development of those who will continue to play at the university level. Non-CIAC prep schools in the state have a shooting hour, and AAU uses one, too.

College coaches who responded to Hearst Connecticut Media’s request for comment on the credit hour were delighted with the news of their upcoming implementation.

“I think that’s great. You look at the speed of play, how the game works, it’s always more exciting when the ball goes up and down, and the ball is being moved and engaged. I go to games sometimes and it’s just like that,” said James Jones, Yale men’s basketball coach. It’s like watching paint dry. “There wasn’t enough flow or work for me. Watching the match with a shot clock puts a lot of emphasis on the teams trying to play together and play faster and help with the speed of play and the level of play.”

Southern Connecticut State coach Scott Burrell feels that a shot clock will not only improve players’ skill level, but also improve the game itself. In other words, make it more attractive to watch.

“Accelerating the game makes it more interesting and makes it fun for the fans,” said Borrell, who has starred in UConn and in the NBA, most notably by winning the Chicago Bulls in 1998. time. You play at the next level, you have an hour to pay off. If you don’t, you’re not preparing yourself for the next level, why not do it in an age when you’re being recruited by colleges? Let the children have the best experience for their future.”

A 35-second bullet timer was used by all middle schools in the state. AAU games are also played with a 35-second shot clock, so many high school players competed with one.

“The game dynamic changes with the shot clock. Being able to play with the shot clock is a huge part of the college game,” said Anthony Latina, Sacred Heart University men’s basketball coach. .”

Adam Finkelstein is Director of Scouting for 247Sports and Director of College Basketball at CBS Sports HQ. He was previously the Choate boys’ basketball coach.

“I think it’s good for the game, even if it’s just from his point of view eliminating teams trying to catch the ball at the end of each period, or sometimes even longer. It’s not good for the kids, and it’s also not fun for those watching,” Finkelstein said. “There is nothing less constructive or educational than watching a team who will not make any attempt to score and another refuse to expand their defence.”

Once the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Member schools are allowed to approve firing hours, which defined the future of CIAC basketball in motion. Yep, it took a while to get here.

The original proposal from the boys and girls basketball committees at CIAC was to put watches in place for the upcoming season. But the Connecticut Association of Athletics Managers (CAAD) requested that Season proposal is postponed Due to cost and supply chain issues with offers delayed for long periods of time.

When this happened in the fall of 2021, Greg Simon, CIAC Associate Executive Director, noted that The cost of filming hours was about $3,000 and about six months behind schedule.

Then after the CAAD examined the proposal, a vote by CIAC showed its members that the group was, by a slight margin – not in favor of the pay-hour. So the only way it could pass would be to make it mandatory only at the university level – in part because sports departments have to pay someone to turn the clock on for all three games that are normally played on a given day.

Jones believes not only that the shot clock will make the CIAC game more attractive, but that it will also lead to different strategies. Now the teams that maintain the lead in the fourth quarter will not be able to pull the ball for long periods of time and force the teams out of the area defence.

“Some of the games I went to watch, a team of 5 players held the ball for a full minute. (The shot clock) adds a different degree of pressure to the team and makes it easier for teams to get back into the game,” Jones said. “When you don’t have a shot clock, coaches tend to overtrain instead of letting the kids play. I’m an advocate of letting kids play and giving them freedom on the playground.”

Connecticut is one of seven states to adopt the full-use pay watch since the NFHS has granted permission while four other states have approved it on a limited basis.

Eight states used the shot clock previously, two more states approved it in 2020 for use at the start of this season while another uses the 30-second clock only to play the state tournament.

“In terms of preparing children with aspirations to play at the next level, it is also a positive thing because it speeds up the game and forces them to implement individual skills and team concepts at a faster pace and also enhances their understanding of time and score,” Finkelstein said.

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