Carrying in basketball is a violation in which a player "carries" the ball or allows his hand to go underneath the ball while dribbling. If a player stops his dribble by supporting the ball from underneath (even for a second) and then continues to dribble, this is considered a carry. In other words, a player cannot pause his dribble to lift the ball in the air with his palms facing up. This violation is also known as palming.
In order to avoid carrying calls, ball handlers must be able to keep their dribble continuous without hesitation or any need to pick up the dribble. They also need to focus on having their palms facing downwards at all times when dribbling the ball. Carrying will be called at every level of basketball, although youth leagues allow some leeway. A carrying violation will be whistled by the referee and will result in a turnover. Similar violations in basketball include a double dribble or travel.