IHSAA Executive Committee Approves Basketball Mercy Rule For Upcoming Season

Once a team has a lead of 35 points in the first half, new timing procedures will go into effect.

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 2:57 PM

Some Indiana high school basketball games may become quicker, thanks to a new rule change for the upcoming season.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association approved a measure that will incorperate a "mercy rule" into regular and post-season games, except for state finals.

Once a team has a lead by 35 points by halftime, a running clock will begin.  This clock will run continously during a game unless the following happens:

- An official's timeout due to injury

- A charged team timeout

- Intermission between third and fourth quarters

- A foul called that will result in free throws

- Officials determine it is necessary for safety reasons.

The measure passed 18-0 and will take effect with the upcoming 2021-22 Boys and Girls basketball seasons.

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