Duties of Shot Clock Operator

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The shot clock is used for the entire game, including overtime periods.  The shot clock operator shall control a separate timing device with a horn that shall have a sound distinct and different from that of the game clock.  An alternate timing device shall be available.  In addition, the shot clock operator shall:

START shot clock when:

  1. a team gains possession on a:
    1. rebound;
    2. jump ball;
    3. loose ball after a rebound or jump ball;
    4. live ball throw-in after a made basket.
  2. an official signals that an inbounds player touches the ball on a throw-in.

STOP shot clock when:

  1. an official's whistle sounds.

FULL RESET when there is:

  1. a change of possession with a new team in control;
  2. a single personal foul;
  3. a single technical foul on either team;
  4. a try (not a pass) hits the rim or flange, then a team possesses the ball;
  5. a violation (except a kicking or fisting violation);
  6. an inadvertent whistle with no team control;
  7. a held ball that occurs and there is a change of team possession;
  8. a tap or try that fails to hit the rim and is recovered by the opponent;
  9. a try for goal that lodges between the backboard and the basket support.

RESET TO 15 SECONDS when:

  1. there is an intentionally kicked or fisted ball with 14 seconds or less on the shot clock.

NO RESET when:

  1. the offense retains possession after the following:
    1. a held ball;
    2. an out-of-bounds violation.
  2. the ball is intentionally kicked or fisted with 15 seconds or more on the shot clock;
  3. there is an injured player;
  4. a timeout is called;
  5. a double foul (any type) occurs;
  6. there is an inadvertent whistle with team control.

ALLOW shot clock to run:

  1. during loose ball situations;
  2. during a try for goal (even when try is at the wrong basket);
  3. when a blocked shot remains inbounds and is recovers by the offensive team.
  4. BE PATIENT!

TURN OFF shot clock when:

  1. there is a reset situation and there are less than 35 seconds remaining on the game clock.

If there is question as to whether a score was made within the shot clock period or whether a try for goal strikes the basket ring, the final decision shall be made by the game officials.