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WIAA adopts basketball "Mercy Rule"

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STEVENS POINT, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Given the vast array of talent in high school sports, there can sometimes be lopsided games.

To try and address that there are certain rules, like the ten-run rule in baseball, the running clock in football, and as of Thursday, the WIAA has implemented a 40-point running-clock rule in basketball.

The action was sparked by a game this past February in which the Assumption girls beat Granton by a 79-3 final score.

The new rule applies to both girls and boys varsity games through the regular season and playoffs. The clock will start running continuously once a team gets a lead of 40 points after the third quarter, and it will only stop during a timeout.

The WIAA said it goes a long way to promote a more level playing ground.

Associate Director Deb Hauser said, "That's always our goal--to make the experience for everyone involved the best it possibly can be, and that's why we sit down with our coaches and say, 'How can we make things better? What things will make this a better experience for everyone involved?'"

It's just one of a number of rule changes implemented by the organization. You can find all of the changes on the WIAA website.

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