Global Youth Summit: The Benefits of the Elam Ending with Dr. Nick Elam

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Global Youth Summit: The Benefits of the Elam Ending with Dr. Nick Elam


Dr. Nick Elam, creator of the "Elam Ending" (seen in the 2020 and 2021 NBA All Star Games and "The Basketball Tournament" on ESPN), discusses the benefits of using the system at the youth levels of basketball.


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Nick Elam, Ph.D. has a varied background in education, mathematics, and sports. Dr. Elam currently serves as Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Ball State University. He previously served as a school principal in Ohio while earning his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Miami University. Before entering administration, Elam taught calculus at the high school and community college level after graduating from the University of Dayton. Dr. Elam is Founder/Coordinator of M-SportsFans (an official Special Interest Group within Mensa), and grounds crew member for the Cincinnati Reds. Elam previously served as a high school athletic director and baseball coach. Dr. Elam is the originator of the hybrid duration format for basketball. In 2017, The Basketball Tournament renamed the format the Elam Ending and has implemented it successfully ever since. Elam’s research and writing have been shared at various conferences, websites, and podcasts.

Dr. Nick Elam has served in a variety of roles in P-12 schools, including as a principal, assistant principal, athletic director, and teacher, at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels, in diverse and rural settings. He joined the faculty at Ball State in 2017. Dr. Elam’s research focuses on teacher evaluation systems.

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