Throw-In

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17.1 Definition

17.1.1 A throw-in occurs when the ball is passed into the playing court by the out-ofbounds player taking the throw-in.

17.2 Procedure

  • 17.2.1 An official must hand or place the ball at the disposal of the player taking the throwin. He may also toss or bounce pass the ball provided that:
    • The official is no more than four (4) m from the player taking the throw-in.
    • The player taking the throw-in is at the correct place as designated by the

official.

  • 17.2.2 The player shall take the throw-in at the place nearest to the infraction or where the game was stopped by the official, except directly behind the backboard.
  • 17.2.3 In the following situations the subsequent throw-in shall be administered at the centre line extended, opposite the scorer's table:

The player taking the throw-in shall have one foot on either side of the centre line extended, opposite the scorer’s table, and shall be entitled to pass the ball to a team-mate at any place on the playing court.

  • 17.2.4 When the game clock shows 2:00 minutes or less of the fourth period and of each extra period, following a time-out taken by the team that is entitled to possession of the ball from its backcourt, the subsequent throw-in shall be administered at the throw-in line opposite the scorer’s table in the team’s frontcourt.
  • 17.2.5 Following a personal foul committed by a player of the team in control of the live ball, or of the team entitled to the ball, the subsequent throw-in shall be administered at the place nearest to the infraction.
  • 17.2.6 Whenever the ball enters the basket but the field goal or the free throw is not valid, the subsequent throw-in shall be administered at the free-throw line extended.
  • 17.2.7 Following a successful field goal or a successful last or only free throw:
    • Any player of the non-scoring team shall take the throw-in at any place behind that team’s endline. This is also applicable after an official hands or places the ball at the disposal of the player taking the throw-in after a time-out or after any interruption of the game following a successful field goal or a successful last or only free throw.
    • The player taking the throw-in may move laterally and/or backwards and the ball may be passed between team-mates behind the endline, but the five (5) second count starts when the ball is at the disposal of the first player out-of bounds.

17,3 Rules

  • 17.3.1 The player taking the throw-in shall not:
    • Take more than five (5) seconds to release the ball.
    • Step into the playing court while having the ball in his hand(s).
    • Cause the ball to touch out-of-bounds, after it has been released on the throwin.
    • Touch the ball on the playing court before it has touched another player.
    • Cause the ball to enter the basket directly.
    • Move from the designated throw-in place behind the boundary line, other than from his team’s endline after a successful field goal or a successful last free throw, laterally in one (1) or in both directions, exceeding a total distance of one (1) m before releasing the ball. He is, however, permitted to move directly backwards from the boundary line as far as circumstances allow.
  • 17.3.2 During the throw-in other player(s) shall not:
    • Have any part of their bodies over the boundary line before the ball has been thrown-in across the boundary line.
    • Be closer than one (1) m to the player taking the throw-in when the throw-in place has less than two (2) m between the boundary line and any out-of-bounds obstructions.

An infraction of Art. 17.3 is a violation.

17.4 Penalties for a Violation

The ball is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in at the place of the original throw-in.