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A shot clock is used in some sports to quicken the pace of the game. It is normally associated with basketball, but has also found use in sports such as Snooker, professional lacrosse, professional Australian rules football and korfball.

In the NBA the shot clock is 24 seconds. The shot clock seconds is the same applied with FIBA, WNBA, WBDA, U-Sports as well as other leagues around the world.

In the NCAA, NAIA, USCAA, etc... the shot clock is 30 seconds or 35 seconds.

In the United States High School basketball the time is 35 seconds. It applied in some states.

In FIBA 3x3, the shot clock is 12 seconds.

In basketball, the shot clock is a timer designed to increase the pace (and consequently, the score[1]) in games. The offensive team must attempt a field goal before the shot clock expires, and the ball must then either touch the rim or enter the basket, or the offensive team will be assessed a violation resulting in loss of possession. Depending on tournament, it goes 0 and moment later, it will buzz. or some shot clock have the milliseconds count in the 6 seconds. Some scoreboard console have horns to buzz during timeouts, or substitution being made.


  1. For example, the Boston Celtics scored an average of 79.7 points per game from 1946–47 to 1953–54; from 1954–55 to 1961–62, after the introduction of the shot clock, they scored an average of 113.1 points per game. See entry.