MHSA Adds Basketball Shot Clock, Baseball

January 19, 2022 / Athletic AdministrationBaseballBasketballCoaching
There will be some changes in the Montana High School Association (MHSA) next year, starting with the decision to add a shot clock to high school basketball games, according to a report from

The decision on whether or not to implement high school basketball shot clocks came down to a simple majority vote among the MHSA 159 voting delegates. The proposal, according to, calls for schools to begin installing shot clocks at the end of this season and have them operational in time for summer camps to give teams a chance to get used to them.

mhsaWith that vote, the MHSA approved a proposal at its annual meeting to utilize 35-second shot clocks for boys and girls basketball games at both the varsity and sub-varsity levels beginning next season.

“I think it was a long time coming,” said Butte High activities director Chuck Merrifield to “We’ve been pushing for it for a long time. There’s been a lot of coaches pushing for it. It was a unanimous vote in AA for a shot clock.”

The proposal was issued by Great Falls CMR. It estimates that the cost of purchasing and installing shot clocks will be between $5,000 and $10,000 per school. That price tag makes some schools wary, especially ones that don’t necessarily have the funding or resources of AA programs.