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.
In this tutorial, we will learn about extra periods of play called overtime.
If the score is tied at the end of regulation, extra periods called overtime are played. The rules of overtime differ at all levels of play (youth, college, pro), but the purpose remains the same.
Overtime determines the winner if the score is tied.
Pro (NBA) Basketball Overtime Rules
In pro (NBA) overtime, each period lasts five (5) 5:00 minutes.
College (NCAA) Basketball Overtime Rules
In college (NCAA) overtime, each period lasts five (5) 5:00 minutes.
The ball is put into play at the center circle via a jump ball. The team with the highest score at the end of the overtime period is the winning team.
If the score remains tied at the end of the first overtime period, additional overtime periods are played to determine the winner. There is no limit on the amount of overtime periods that are played.