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Old Wed Oct 14, 2009, 09:06am
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Iowa Girls Experimentation with two halves

Thought this was interesting.......Adopted by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

During the 2009-10 varsity basketball season, varsity teams may play two 16-minute halves during non-conference games with mutual agreement by both schools. Conferences may also agree to play two 16-minute halves in all conference games if the conference adopts the policy for the season. Please note that this experimental rule applies only to VARSITY contests and is NOT mandatory. However, if a conference votes to adopt the rule for its conference games, ALL conference schools must participate.
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Old Wed Oct 14, 2009, 09:07am
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Just 2 less times-out per game.
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Old Wed Oct 14, 2009, 09:11am
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This will make for some screwy girls/boys doubleheaders.
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Old Wed Oct 14, 2009, 09:14am
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and two change of possessions.
I am not sure why they are trying this ....speed up the games?
Not giving us old guys one more break.
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Old Wed Oct 14, 2009, 09:19am
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This will make for some screwy girls/boys doubleheaders.
Not nearly as screwy as they used to be.
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Old Wed Oct 14, 2009, 09:21am
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This will make for some screwy girls/boys doubleheaders.
How will screw up the double header? Because the clock would be different? That is easy. Set it and go....
what was screwy was when the lane assignments on a free throw were different between girls and boys.....
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Old Wed Oct 14, 2009, 09:24am
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How will screw up the double header? Because the clock would be different? That is easy. Set it and go....
what was screwy was when the lane assignments on a free throw were different between girls and boys.....
Ask someone who has been officiating basketball in Iowa for roughly 20 years or so how a screwy double header looks.
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Old Wed Oct 14, 2009, 09:32am
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Thought this was interesting.......Adopted by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

During the 2009-10 varsity basketball season, varsity teams may play two 16-minute halves during non-conference games with mutual agreement by both schools. Conferences may also agree to play two 16-minute halves in all conference games if the conference adopts the policy for the season. Please note that this experimental rule applies only to VARSITY contests and is NOT mandatory. However, if a conference votes to adopt the rule for its conference games, ALL conference schools must participate.
Yeah, I got that e-mail last night and just wondered when they made this decision. Seems like this is something that should have been included on the Girls' Rule Adaptation list. It should make some interesting situations I'm sure. I know that I will not remember which conferences adopt the policy so therefore I'll have to write it down. That's what I get for working multiple conferences. I have trouble remembering which teams are in which conferences I love it when the other officials are talking about conference standings and they ask me if I know about such-and-such's record. I typically look at them and say, "What class are they in?" I'm not a big stats guy. It just doesn't interest me, I'm there to officiate the game not recite stats.

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Old Wed Oct 14, 2009, 09:41am
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Minnesota moved away from quarters to two halves a couple years ago. I like it a lot. The flow of the game isn't interrupted those two extra times. However, for some God awful reason they added 2 minutes per half... so it's two 18 minute halves. I haven't yet heard a good explanation for this.
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WI is allowing 16 minute halves for varsity non-conference if both coaches agree.

I hope this is one step from changing it for all games. 2 less last second shots and 2 less timeouts, what's not to like?
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How will screw up the double header? Because the clock would be different? That is easy. Set it and go....
what was screwy was when the lane assignments on a free throw were different between girls and boys.....
Because there's ucking fidiot parents who will be screaming "why did you allow the girls to do that???" or "why didn't you let the girls do that?" The parents forget the fact there's two different associations and sometimes the girls' association likes to do something much different.
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Because there's ucking fidiot parents who will be screaming "why did you allow the girls to do that???" or "why didn't you let the girls do that?" The parents forget the fact there's two different associations and sometimes the girls' association likes to do something much different.
Which makes this change funny, in my view, because I know the Girls Union had been moving in recent years towards fewer adaptations and more conformity with the Fed.
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I know the Girls Union...............
All the girls in your state are in a union! So.....they have shop stewards observe what happens in the back seat at a drive-in to make sure there's no union violations?
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Which makes this change funny, in my view, because I know the Girls Union had been moving in recent years towards fewer adaptations and more conformity with the Fed.
With power and control comes the irresistible urge to change things. Besides, if the two sides ever really converged completely, one bureaucracy would be redundant. And that is a situation too frightening to contemplate.
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Which makes this change funny, in my view, because I know the Girls Union had been moving in recent years towards fewer adaptations and more conformity with the Fed.
Yeah, and just when I thought they were getting closer...they pull the rug out from under me harder than my ex-wife did in court.
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