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IHSAA implements running clock mercy rule for football games

By Eric Dutkiewicz, 04/30/19, 5:00PM EDT


INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana High School Athletic Association adopted a new rule Monday that could significantly alter the real-time length of football games across the state.

The IHSAA's Executive Committee unanimously approved a rule that puts a football game a running clock once the score differential reaches 35 points or more in the second half.  Once started, rules prohibit the clock to reverting to standard timing. The clock will continue to stop on timeouts, scores and injuries. The 40-second play clock will still be used, regardless of the score.

The football mercy rule, as its being labeled was proposed through a joint effort of the Indiana Football Coaches Association and the IHSAA.

Also at its monthly meeting, the Board of Directors lowered the number of Tournament Success Factor points from 3 to 2 for schools to continue playing in a higher class. Accordingly, teams who win a regional championship in a single season or back-to-back sectional titles would remain in that class.