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WIAA Explains New "Mercy Rule"


Stevens Point (WQOW) -- The WIAA Board of Control approved a number of regulation changes to winter sports at its meeting Thursday, including the adoption of a "mercy rule" in high school basketball.

The change includes a running clock that starts once a team gets a lead of 40-points or more after the third quarter. The clock will then only stop during a timeout. The WIAA says the change promotes a more level playing field and says similar rules are already in place in other sports.

"That's always our goal is to make the experience for everyone involved the best it possibly can be," says WIAA Associate Director Deb Hauser. "That's why we sit down with our coaches and saying how can we make things better, what things will make this a better experience for everyone involved."

For the complete WIAA news release, click on the link under "More Information." 

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