Jump Ball

Jump ball – this is a procedure or method for starting a basketball game or putting the ball in play. The referee positions himself between 2 opposing players and tosses the ball up. These two players, then jumps and attempts to tap the ball to a player of his team. This method is also known as, “opening tip” and is also used to start an overtime period, after a held ball is called, and in instance wherein referees are unable to fully determine which team touched the ball last before going out of bounds. Other basketball leagues also call for a jump ball when there is a double foul during a loose ball, when the ball is stuck on top of the basket flange or between the rim and backboard.

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