Colorado high school football to use 40-second play clock

40 second play clock

Colorado will become the fourth state in the nation to use a 40-second play for high school football during the 2016 season.  The Colorado High School Activities Association has approved a change to its rules that eliminates the 25-second clock, except for a few instances.

Under the new experimental rule, that could be used for up to three years, an offensive team will have exactly 40- seconds to snap the ball after the end of its previous play. Under the 25-second rule, the official had to signal to start the play clock after marking the ball ready for play.  Under the 40-second clock, the ball will be ready for play as soon as it is placed, and no official will blow a whistle to signal the start of the play clock.

The use of the 40-second clock began in 2014 when Texas high school football implemented the same 40-second play clock used by the NCAA.  Texas follows the same rules as the NCAA.  Currently Indiana and Michigan are also trying the 40-second clock on an experimental basis.

It’s possible that in the near future, National Federation of State High School Associations, which sets the rules for 48-states, could adopt the 40-second clock for all states that follow NFHS rules.

High School Football America decided to ask coaches around the country if they thought a change to a 40-second play clock would be good. Below you see the results that 65-percent said yes.

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