Basketball Halftime

Chapter 2.2

Do players ever take breaks? When is the halftime show? Get ready to learn about halftime and the exciting halftime show in basketball.


We already learned about the basic structure of a basketball game. Every basketball game is made up of periods and halves. Together, these periods and halves are called regulation.

Rookie Road Basketball Regulation Image

In this tutorial, we will learn about the break between the halves called halftime.


A longer break from play called halftime separates each half in basketball. During this time, play is suspended. The teams go into their respective locker rooms to talk strategy and re-group.

Rookie Road Basketball Halftime Image

Halftime Show

To keep fans entertained, some basketball games have something called a halftime show. This usually consists of some form of entertainment like a marching band or cheer squad.

PRO TIP: If you're watching on TV, there's usually a breakdown of each team's performance by sports analysts on major networks.

Putting The Ball Back Into Play After Halftime

So what happens when teams come back to the court after halftime? Who gets the ball? The ball is always put back into play via a jump ball at the center circle.

Center Circle Image

We'll learn more about jump balls and how teams put the ball into play in future chapters.

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