Super League make shot clock changes for 2020 season
Robert Elstone anticipates Super League that is faster and more intense games to the clock in 2020 alterations.
Organisers are knocking five seconds off the time reserved for scrums and drop-outs next season after being encouraged by the success of the changes.
Super League says games continued on average five minutes following the introduction of the shot clock and it expects after declaring that from teams will have just 30 minutes to form a scrum and 25 seconds to fall out from their own posts that to drop further.
Statistics revealed the normal match time in 2019 fell by more than 5 per cent from 95 minutes and 59 minutes to 90 minutes and 47 minutes as a result of shot clock, and this was also responsible for longer passes, tackles, offloads, line breaks and tries.
It had been among the innovations brought in by executive Elstone, which included a reduction from the debut of stage extra-time and 10 to eight in the number of interchanges.
“Three things give us the confidence to create changes and speed things up much more,” Elstone explained. “Primarily , in 2019, the facts tell us the debut of the shot clock has been the right thing to do.
“It’s made a substantial, positive impact on the game, including to strength and providing our players with an even greater platform to showcase their exceptional athleticism and skill.
“Second, lovers tell us repeatedly that pace of drama sets our game apart and is a major element in their enjoyment of this sport.
“Finally, backed up by evidence from the NRL, and later viewing our players watch the shot clock in activity in 2019, it affirmed to us was the scope to shorten times further. We’re confident these changes will build upon the progress.
“The action will become even faster, the play more extreme and the excitement of Super League will reach even greater heights.”
Although referees will continue to handle the newest shot clock constraints will operate from the Challenge Cup and the Betfred Championship.