IHSAA adds mercy rule in basketball this season

There will be a new rule initiated into Indiana high school basketball for the upcoming season.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association approved a mercy rule for basketball on Monday.

It’s similar to the football rule that was put in place in 2019. The basketball mercy rule will go into effect when a team has a lead of 35 points. Once the running clock is invoked, regular timing procedures will not be used for the remainder of the game.

The mercy rule goes into effect for all levels of basketball, boys and girls, with the exception of the state finals with the following exceptions: An official’s timeout for an injured player, a charged team timeout occurs, intermission between the third and fourth quarters, any time a foul is called that will result in free throws and any time officials determine it is necessary for safety reasons.

The IHSAA also approved the boys and girls basketball tournament host sites for this year’s tournament. The girls state finals are set for Feb. 26 at Gainbridge (formerly Bankers Life) Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and the boys on March 26.

Seymour High School will be hosting a Class 4A regional and will be one of the four semistate sites, as well, along with Lafayette Jeff, Elkhart and Washington.