Players that are substituted into the game must be on the team roster and on the active list. There is no limit to the number of substitutions a team can make during a game.
Basketball games last 60 minutes in the NBA and 40 minutes in college basketball. It makes sense that the same 5 players don't play the entire game. Instead, coaches make substitutions to give these players breaks and time to rest.
When Teams Call Timeouts
- the ball is carried or thrown out of bounds
- a foul or violation is called
- a player injury occurs
- a timeout is called
Basketball Substitution Limit
Basketball Substitution Strategy
There are lots of strategies that coaches use to get the most out of their substitutions. One such strategy is called rotations.
A rotation is a substitution strategy used by coaches to maximize their top player's performance. Rotations are defined schedules that coaches make that define how much playing time each player gets. Rotation plans not only factor in playing time, but also break time.