Poll question: Should all of high school football switch to a 40-second play clock?

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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.

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:

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