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Old Tue Dec 27, 2005, 02:53pm
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We do some games in Minnesota and they have gone to 18-minute halves for varsity and 16-minute halves for JV. Our pay has been adjusted for this change.

Any other states doing this?
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Old Tue Dec 27, 2005, 03:55pm
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Nope. Dumb change, IMHO. But I'm glad they adjusted your game checks b/c of it. Hopefully, they were adjusted up!
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Old Tue Dec 27, 2005, 04:25pm
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Great change! I really love the 2 half system and feel that the game definately flows better. 8 minutes is just too short of a time to require a break/time-out. My games have not ended any later due to the 4 extra minutes.

The only advantage I see to the quarter system, is being able to connect with your fellow officials about anything that needs a quick discussion, otherwise I say play on!

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Old Tue Dec 27, 2005, 04:51pm
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Sorry I wasn't clear. I think halves are great. We use them here in MA, too. What I think is dumb is going to 18 minutes for a half, instead of 16. I just don't see a need for that.
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Old Tue Dec 27, 2005, 05:12pm
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Sorry Chuck, I didn't read into your statement very well!!!I agree there probably isn't a need to add time to the game, but I honestly don't mind the 4 extra minutes. We do quite a few college/juco games so the length isn't much of a factor............but in some conferences, the $/minute of game time went down although the amount of the check went up a bit.

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