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Wednesday, 26 January 2022
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Rule 2: Officials and Their Duties - Lineup Positions - Jump Ball

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Rule 2—Officials and their Duties

Section VI—Correcting Errors


In any jump ball situation, if the jumpers lined up incorrectly, and the error is discovered: 

(1) After more than 24 seconds have elapsed, the teams will continue to shoot for that

basket for the remainder of that half and/or overtime. If the error is discovered in the first

half, teams will shoot at the proper basket as decided by the opening tap for the second half.

(2) If 24 seconds or less have elapsed, all play shall be nullified.

EXCEPTION: Acts of unsportsmanlike conduct, all flagrant fouls, and points

scored therefrom, shall not be nullified and play will resume from the original jump ball

with players facing the proper direction.


At times, we can all fall into a flustered moment, which no one catches the mistake.  Make sure that you line these players up correctly for the jump ball.  If you don’t catch the mistake prior to 24 seconds on the game clock, the players will continue to shoot in that basket for the remainder of the half. 

If you miss this in the second half, you’ll be shooting in that basket for the remainder of the game, unless there is overtime.

Rule 3: Players, Substitutes and Coaches - Team

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Section I—Team

c. In the event that a player leaves the playing court while the ball is in play, play will continue until the next stoppage of play and the player will be replaced if he is not ready to return. No technical foul will be assessed, but the incident will be reviewed by the league office for a possible fine and/or suspension.


EXCEPTION: Rule 10—Section XV

Section XV—Offensive Player Out-of-Bounds

An offensive player shall not leave the playing area of the court without returning immediately and cannot repeatedly leave and re-enter the court.


EXCEPTION: (1) injury, (2) inbounding the ball on a throw-in and (3) any other unusual circumstance.

PENALTY: Loss of ball. The ball is awarded to the opposing team on the sideline at the point of interruption but no nearer to the baseline than the foul line extended.


A defender may be in the way of the offensive player's path in motion of a play.  Only in that instance is the player is allowed to traverse off and back on the court briefly.  This is very common along the baseline in the front court.   

But if a player leaves the court unexpectedly for non-substitution reasons, play will continue until the next dead ball. The team will need to replace the player if the player is not ready to return.


Crew Chief stuff!!


Rule 12: FOULS AND PENALTIES - Excessive Timeout

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Section I—Excessive Timeouts

b. If the excessive timeout is granted prior to free throw attempt(s), there will be noline-up for the remaining free throws and play shall resume with a throw-in at the point of interruption by the team which shot the technical foul.


In the NBA, there are too many assistance coaches for this to occur.
If it does, the team is still granted the time-out. After the timeout, we will assess the technical foul. Play will resume with the other team at POI.


Crew chief stuff!!

Rule 1: Court Dimensions-Equipment: Court Dimensions

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RULE NO. 1: Court Dimensions – Equipment

Section I—Court and Dimensions

b.  A free throw lane shall be marked at each end of the court with dimensions and markings as shown on the court diagram.   All boundary lines are part of the lane; lane space marks and neutral zone marks are not. The areas identified by the lane space markings are 2” by 6” inches.


Neutral Zone



This is the area which is not a part of the free throw lane.  Therefore no player is allowed to line up on that spot during a free throw.

Rule 11: Basket Interference - Goaltending

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Section I — A Player Shall Not:

f. Touch any ball from within the playing area that is on its downward flight with an opportunity to score. This is considered to be a “field goal attempt” or trying for a goal.

On a jump shot from the perimeter and beyond is easier to identify basket interferences. If there is an interference from a defender it would occur closer to the basket and away from the play. The primary official still has to cover the shooter on the play, while a goaltending call is best to come from secondary officials.

The downward flight of a shot attempt is a tough call to judge. Especially when the play is deep in the key.

A officials' conference would be okay if goaltending was called on a play.

Crew chief stuff!!






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