Basketball Live vs. Dead Ball
Basketball Live Ball Rules
When the ball is live, the game clock and shot clock are ticking. You'll always know when the ball is live since players will moving on the floor. The ball becomes live when the referee gives a team possession of the ball to put it into play.
There are three ways to put the ball into play that will make it live in basketball:
Basketball Jump Ball
You can learn more about jump balls in Basketball Jump Balls.
On a throw-in, the referee will give the ball to a player on the team with possession. This player stands out of bounds on the sidelines or baselines and passes it to a teammate on the floor. The ball becomes live once the players gets the ball from the referee.
You can learn more about throw-ins in Basketball Throw Ins.
Basketball Free Throw
You can learn more about free throws in Basketball Free Throws.
Basketball Alternating Possession
In some basketball games, alternating possession determines which team gets the ball and how it's put into play. Utilizing an alternate-possession arrow, one team starts with the ball and the arrow changes once the ball is thrown inbounds.
Basketball Dead Ball
Basketball Dead Ball Rules
There are rules in basketball that determine when the referee will blow his whistle and call a dead ball. Here is a list of reasons why a dead ball will be called during a game:
- a field goal or free throw is made
- the official blows his whistle
- the ball goes out of bounds
- a foul is called
- a violation is called
- a timeout is called
- a held ball situation
- when a player is injured
- the game clock expires at the end of each half
- when a mistake is made by the shot clock or game clock operator
PRO TIP: Substitutions can not be made in the final 60 seconds of a half in college basketball.