Sound Off: In college basketball, why is the shot clock for the women only 30 seconds and for the men it’s 35 seconds?
Tom Keegan, Journal-World sports editor, provides this information: Men’s and women’s college basketball are two different sports with different sets of rules. The shot clock is designed to speed up the game. Those on the women’s college basketball rules committee feel that setting the clock at 30 seconds is the right way to do it. The men’s committee thinks 35 seconds is right for the men’s game, but discussion has come up from time to time about shortening the clock. Interestingly, the NBA has a shorter shot clock (24 seconds) than the WNBA (30 seconds). Another difference: The size of the basketball typically is one inch less in circumference in the women’s game than the men’s. This difference is based on the average man’s hand being larger than the average woman’s. Also, in men’s basketball, the ball must cross the halfcourt line within 10 seconds or a turnover is called. The rule is not part of women’s basketball.