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National federation OKs instant replay on last-second shots in basketball championship games

The Associated Press


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INDIANAPOLIS - Instant replay has been approved starting next season for last-second shots in high school basketball championship games.

The rule change by the National Federation of State High School Associations allows replay for review of a shot attempt at the end of the fourth quarter or overtime, and only when the last-second shot would affect the outcome of the game.

The rule is not mandatory and leaves the decision whether to use it to each state association.

"When available, technology should be used to assist game officials and administrators in making the correct call when the outcome of the game hangs in the balance and a team has no further opportunity to overcome a critical error," said Mary Struckhoff, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the basketball rules committee. "This change provides state associations that opportunity."

The change would let officials determine whether the ball had left the shooter's hand before time expired or whether the shot was a 2- or 3-pointer.

Approved by the federation at a recent meeting, the change was prompted by controversial finishes in 2008 championship games in South Carolina, Ohio and Michigan.

Another new rule will allow the use of a red light behind the backboard to signal the end of a quarter or overtime. If no red light is present, the audible timer's signal will continue to be used.

There are many questions regarding this issue:

who will be responsible to record?
how do you record every game, or do you pick and choose games to cover?
does this include girls?
is junior varsity included?

The NFHS is the governing body for almost 19,000 high schools in the United States.

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