Colorado’s decision to experiment with a 40-second play clock this year in high school football is the basis of a new High School Football America poll on Twitter that asks, “Do You Think a 40-second Play Clock is good for High School Football?” Except for Colorado, Indiana, Michigan and Texas, all other states use a 25-second play under which an official has to signal to start the play clock after marking the ball ready for play. With the 40-second clock, it runs as soon as the previous play ends.
Cast your vote for whether you think all of high school football should change to a 40-second play clock that is being used experimentally in Colorado, Indiana and Michigan.
Do you think a 40 second play clock is good for high school football?
— Jeff Fisher (@HSFBamerica) July 30, 2016
Texas, which follows NCAA rules, has been using the 40-second play clock since 2014. It’s possible that the National Federation of State High School Associations, which sets the rules for 48-states and Washington, D.C., could make a rule change that would require all states to use a 40-second play clock.
Below is a sampling of opinions from those that have voted in a poll question:
@HSFBamerica I had concerns about changing over to the 40 sec clock but it was a smooth transition. It works well for HS Football!
— Pete Hart (@Coach_Hart1) July 30, 2016
@HSFBamerica Love this! Texas was the 1st state I have coached in to use it (aside from college). It is great. Hope all 50 start using it!
— Strunky (@WestTxCoach) July 30, 2016
@HSFBamerica 35 seconds is long enough. HS games don’t need to take longer by any stretch. Though covering hurry-up offenses isn’t too fun
— Nicholas Ingram (@NickIngram310) July 30, 2016
This idea is horrible. Recruiting schools get even more benefit. What looks “cool” on Sat. doesn’t always fit HS! https://t.co/122Zk3BPIm
— Jeff Gourley (@Gourleyfootball) July 30, 2016
Please let this happen in Oklahoma! https://t.co/XO0keWJmGC
— Jay Wilkinson (@jaywilkinson) July 30, 2016