When the ball is declared 'dead' by officials, the game clock and shot clock stop ticking. The ball then needs to be brought back into play and become 'live' again. There are three (3) ways in basketball that the ball is brought back into play:
In this tutorial, we will learn about jump balls, what they are, and the rules around them.
Jump Ball Procedure
One (1) player from each team will stand in the center circle. Next, the referee will blow his whistle and toss the ball high into the air. The players will then jump into the air with the intent of tapping the ball in the direction of a player on his/her team.
Goals Of Jump Balls
The goal of a jump ball is two-fold:
- To put the ball into play
- To give each team an equal chance of getting possession
When Do They Happen
- at the start of a game
- at the start of overtime
- officials cannot agree on the call
- after a held ball is called
The Center (C)
The center is a player position on a basketball team. Since the center is often the tallest player on the team, he/she will be the designated player to perform jump balls. This gives a team the highest chance of getting possession of the ball.