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Rule 8: Out of Bounds and Throw In - open back court

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Section III—The Throw-In

e. Any ball out-of-bounds in a team’s frontcourt or at the midcourt line cannot be passed into the backcourt. On all backcourt and midcourt violations, the ball shall be awarded to the opposing team at the midcourt line, and must be passed into the frontcourt.

EXCEPTION: During the last two minutes of the fourth period and the last two minutes of any overtime period, the ball may be passed anywhere (frontcourt or backcourt) on the court. However, if the ball is thrown into the frontcourt and an offensive player on the court fails to control the ball and causes it to go into the backcourt, his team may not be the first to touch the ball.

This is an important rule I've seen mistakened even at the PRO-AM level. In the last 2 minutes of the game, the rule of the game changes.

Things such as foul counts increased as well as an open back court on a throw in are two of a few rule changes in the last two minutes of the game. Another article will be published shortly to discuss about the rule changes in the last two minutes of the game.

As opposed to High School and College basketball, the back court is open during a throw in only.


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