Basketball Tip In

Basketball Tip-In

A tip-in in basketball is a type of shot that is taken closer to the basket, combining an offensive rebound and a layup in the same motion. For a shot to be a tip-in, the ball must be directly tipped into the basket without being held by a player. Read on to learn more about tip-ins in basketball, including how they are scored and rules associated with tip-ins.

How to Execute a Tip-In

A “tip-in” in basketball is when an offensive player taps the ball into the hoop just as it is rolling off the rim following a missed shot. Unlike a jump shot or layup, a tip-in does not require the player to gain possession of the ball, but rather to contact the ball with enough force to send it back into the basket before an opposing defender can secure a rebound.

Tip-in opportunities always begin with a missed shot by a member of the offense. The ball must bounce or roll off the rim, at which point a teammate that is positioned near the basket can jump up and tap the ball into the basket before it either hits the ground or gets snatched up by an opposing player.

Boxing Out

Basketball Boxing Out

In order to achieve tip-in opportunities, offensive players must position themselves in front of defenders, using their bodies to shield the opposition from having access to the ball. This is known as “boxing out.” Failure to box out often results in getting stuck behind the defender, at which point it is virtually impossible to contact the ball without reaching over defender’s back and incurring a personal foul.

Scoring a Tip-In

A tip-in shot, similar to any other type of shot made from inside the three-point arc, is worth two points. In addition, a player that successfully tips the ball back into the basket is credited with an offensive rebound, which is a statistic that measures a player’s ability to recover the ball and give their team extra scoring chances following a missed shot.

Basket Interference

Players vying for a tip-in shot are not allowed to touch the ball before it clears the rim entirely. In other words, the ball cannot be touching the rim or directly above it when an offensive player makes contact with it. If the referee determines that an offensive player connected with the ball before it was outside of the cylinder above the basket, basket interference is called and the other team is automatically awarded possession of the ball.


What is a tip-in in basketball?

A “tip-in” in basketball refers to when an offensive player scores a basket off a rebound without the ball hitting the ground. Tip-ins are usually scored very close to the basket, with a player receiving a rebound and laying the ball up in the same motion.