High school football: 40-second play clock coming this fall #Play_ClockFebruary 12, 2019
by Jacob Unruh Published: Mon, February 11, 2019 6:09 PM
Updated: Mon, February 11, 2019 6:13 PM
Officials talk before officiating a high school football game in Moore, Okla., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.
The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Monday seven rules revisions for high school football, including the play clock beginning at 40 seconds instead of 25 seconds in many cases beginning this fall.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association will adopt the play-clock changes along with five other rule changes.
“It will be a change for the way the game is officiated and it will be a change for the way timing impacts play calling.”
Whaley said the addition is not possible with Oklahoma playing playoff games at high school venues, opposed to states that play each championship game in an NFL or major college stadium.
But the new 40-second play clock will be a change to help the pace of the game.
Four states received permission to conduct an experiment with the play clock, each finding that officials placed the football and started the play clock in a range of 11-18 seconds.
That led to 40 seconds for the new rule, not the use of that time in upper levels.
— Now here’s one you likely didn’t know. If a long field goal attempt comes up short and goes out of bounds inside the 10-yard line it’s treated just like a punt in high school, placing the opposing team where it went out, rather than where the kick was made. Granted, that would have to be some kind of a shanked kick.