Mercy rule coming to Class B basketball, metal bats for Class A baseball

Journal Staff Report

Journal Staff Report

A mercy rule will be implemented for the 2016-17 North Dakota Class B boys and girls basketball seasons.

At the North Dakota High School Activities Association’s Board of Directors meeting earlier this week, the mercy rule recommended by the Basketball Coaches Advisory was passed with an 8-1 vote.

A running clock will start only in the fourth quarter when a team is winning by 30 points or more.

The clock will only stop for timeouts and injuries.

Seedings for the Class B volleyball, baseball, boys and girls basketball and wrestling tournaments will now be seeded 1-5 with a random draw for the remaining three teams. Previously, the tournaments seeded 1-4.

A recommendation to allow BBCOR, or metal, bats in Class A baseball was also approved.

The Class A East Region boys and girls basketball tournament along with the Class B Region 1 girls basketball tournament will be held this upcoming season at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex in Fargo.

The SHAC is North Dakota State’s new basketball facility currently under renovation.