In basketball, all clocks count towards zero. This adds a layer of pressure and suspense for players and fans. There are two clocks you should know:
In this tutorial, we will learn about the shot clock, its rules, and how much time is on it.
The Shot Clock
The shot clock starts ticking immediately when the ball is brought into play.
Stopping The Shot Clock
The shot clock will resume once the ball is put back into play.
Resetting The Shot Clock
The shot clock will reset if:
REMEMBER: It is a big deal when a team resets the shot clock and maintains possession of the ball. This can only happen when the ball hits the rim and a player on the same team catches the rebound, effectively getting another possession. We'll learn more about rebounds in future chapters.
Shot Clock Violation
PRO TIP: As long as the ball has left a player's hands and is in the air by the time the shot clock hits 0:00 it is not considered a shot clock violation. Although it still needs to either hit the rim or score.
History Of The Shot Clock
The shot clock wasn't always a part of basketball. It was added to the sport in 1954. Before the days of the shot clock, teams could hold onto the ball forever. This resulted in low scoring games and less excitement for fans, so the rules were changed!