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.