The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association made some changes to the “mercy” rule in football and basketball.
In football there will now be a running clock when the score differential reaches 35 points, instead of waiting until it hits 45 points. The running will begin in the first half The clock will revert back to stop time if the score differential goes back under 35 points.
In basketball there will now be a running clock when the point difference reaches 35, instead of the current 40 and run even if that differential is reached in the first half. The clock will not revert back to stop time regardless if the differential goes back below 35.
The voting Board members felt there was no need to delay until the second half to get into a running clock situation if the score differential were to be so significant prior to halftime.
Also, the differential was lowered because the Board felt a difference of 35 points was more indicative of a team not being able to come back, rather than 45 in football and 40 in basketball.
The Board felt, generally, that running the clock at 35, even if that meant in the first half, would be better for safety and sportsmanship concerns.