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Shot clock, new basketball finals schedule approved by IHSA

BLOOMINGTON (WCIA) — The IHSA approved two high school basketball changes at its most recent Board of Directors meeting.

A shot clock will be implemented for regular season play beginning with the 2026-27 season. The 35-second clock will be required for boys’ and girls’ varsity games and will be available for lower-level games if both teams agree.

The schedule for state finals weekends has been altered to guarantee all teams two days of play. Previously, the losing semifinal team would have to turn around and play for third place that same day. The new format will see Class 1-3A semifinals played on the Thursday of championship weekend, Class 4A semifinals and Class 1-3A third-place games on Friday and all four championship games and Class 4A third-place game on Saturday.

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