PIERRE, S.D. – Class A Athletic Directors are more favorable to a 35 second shot clock in basketball than their Class B counterparts. Athletic Directors voted on proposals from various sports committee’s last week at the annual Spring meeting of the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in Pierre. Class A Athletic Directors voted 26-21 in favor of using a shot clock for girls and boys basketball beginning in the 2014-15 season, but Class B AD’s voted overwhelming against the proposal by a 49-13 vote. The Class A and B Athletic Directors also voted against a 35 point mercy rule in the 4th quarter overwhelmingly. Class AA Athletic Directors voted to Eliminate large and small groups in Competitive Cheer and Dance and and have just one division for each category by a 12-4 vote. All Athletic Directors voted 84-17 to institute a 35 point running clock mercy rule in the championship games of the football playoffs in all divisions except 11AA and 11AAA. And all first and second round playoff games in football will be night games with the earliest possible start time 5:30 pm local time as that passed 119 to 1 and the recommended start time of 7:00 pm passed on a 114 to 6 vote. But a proposal to have all gymnastics teams automatically qualify for the state tournament and have one class perform on Friday and the other on Saturday was voted down 19-4. In volleyball, a proposal to change the District and Region format for Class B schools was voted down 40-23 but Class A AD’s voted in favor of the proposal by a 26-20 vote. None of the votes are binding but will be passed on to the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors to discuss and vote on this summer. You can view all of the advisory committee proposals for all of the sports at the high school activities asscociation website at www.sdhsaa.com.
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