Last modified on 9 March 2014, at 21:06

Alternating Possession



Alternating possession definition

  • 12.4.1 Alternating possession is a method of causing the ball to become live with a throw-in rather than a jump ball.

Throw-In/Inbound

  • 12.4.2 Alternating possession throw-in:
    • Begins when the ball is at the disposal of the player taking the throw-in.
    • Ends when:
      • The ball touches or is legally touched by a player on the playing court.
      • The team taking the throw-in commits a violation.
      • A live ball lodges between the ring and the backboard during a throw-in.

Alternating possession procedure

  • 12.5.1 In all jump ball situations teams will alternate possession of the ball for a throw-in at the place nearest to where the jump ball situation occurs.
  • 12.5.2 The team that does not gain control of the live ball on the playing court after the jump ball will be entitled to the first alternating possession.
  • 12.5.3 The team entitled to the next alternating possession at the end of any period shall start the next period with a throw-in at the centre line extended, opposite the scorer’s table, unless there are further free throws and a possession penalty to be administered.
  • 12.5.4 The team entitled to the alternating possession throw-in shall be indicated by the alternating possession arrow in the direction of the opponents’ basket. The direction of the alternating possession arrow will be reversed immediately when the alternating possession throw-in ends.
  • 12.5.5 A violation by a team during its alternating possession throw-in causes that team to lose the alternating possession throw-in. The direction of the alternating possession arrow will be reversed immediately, indicating that the opponents of the violating team will be entitled to the alternating possession throw-in at the next jump ball situation. The game shall then be resumed by awarding the ball to the opponents of the violating team for a throw-in at the place of the original throw-in.
  • 12.5.6 A foul by either team:
    • Before the beginning of a period other than the first period, or
    • During the alternating possession throw-in, does not cause the team entitled to the throw-in to lose that alternating possession.