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shot′ clock`(n.)

  1. a clock used in basketball games to limit to a specific length the time taken between shots.

    Category: Sport

Origin of shot clock:

1980–85

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  1. Shot clock

    A shot clock is used in some sports to quicken the pace of the game. It is normally associated with basketball, but is also used in snooker, pro lacrosse, water polo, korfball, and ten-pin bowling. The American football analogue is the play clock. In basketball, the shot clock is a timer designed to increase the game's pace. The offensive team must attempt a field goal before the shot clock expires. If the offensive team fails to register a field goal attempt within the time limit, they are assessed a violation resulting in a turnover to their opponents; if the ball hits or enters the rim after the clock expires, it is not a violation so long as it left the player's hand before expiration. In men's college basketball, there is a 35 second shot clock with a 10 second count in order to get the ball across half court. On the other hand, in women's college basketball, there is no 10 second count to get the ball across half court, however, the shot clock is only 30 seconds.

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