Basketball Live Vs. Dead Ball

What happens when the ball goes out-of-bounds? When do the clocks in basketball stop ticking? All of these questions and more are answered with the concept of live vs. dead ball in basketball.

Introduction

At all times in a basketball game the ball is either 'live' or 'dead'.

Basketball Live Vs. Dead Ball

It is constantly shifting between this state as things happen during a game.

The Ball Is 'Live'

When the ball is 'live', play is happening. You'll always know when the ball is 'live' because the game clock and shot clock will be ticking and players will be moving on the court.

When Does The Ball Become 'Live'

During a basketball game, the ball will be declared 'live' by officials when the following happens:

  • the ball is tapped by a player on a jump ball
  • the ball is released by a player on a throw-in
  • the ball is released by a player on a free-throw

This chapter is dedicated to understanding the three (3) types of ways the ball becomes 'live', through:

  1. jump balls
  2. throw-ins
  3. free-throws

The Ball Is 'Dead'

When the ball is 'dead', play stops temporarily. You'll be able to tell when the ball is 'dead' because the game clock and shot will stop ticking and players will not be moving on the court.

When Does The Ball Become 'Dead'

During a basketball game, the ball will be declared 'dead' by officials when the following happens:

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