What is the “Jump Ball” rule of basketball and when are they called in the NBA.
Most of us who have played basketball anywhere know the “jump ball” to be the tip-off of a game. Generally, the two tallest players from both teams battle it out at the center circle of the court to kick things off. The team that gets the first possession after their no.5 tips it to one of his teammates, who starts things off.
The rest of the quarters start simply from each team’s respective end lines. The team which wins the jump ball doesn’t get to start the 2nd and 3rd quarters, the second team does. The first team starts the 4th and final quarter.
And when the teams end up with the same score after the final whistle, they get overtime. Which again starts with a jump ball. There can be multiple OTs, all of them start with a Jump Ball.
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Other occasions when a Jump Ball is called apart from tip-off and OTs
In these scenarios, the two players involved in the play before the stoppage will be involved in the jump ball, not the tallest guys of each team. Now let’s start,
Any kind of double foul, meaning fouls from both teams at the same time leads to a jump ball. It can be a double free-throw violation where both teams foul during a free throw, a double foul during a loose ball, a double foul that occurs as a result of a difference in opinion between officials.
A jump ball is also called when the ball becomes dead. For example, when neither team is in control and no field goal or infraction occurs. Also, when the ball comes to rest on the basket flange or becomes lodged between the basket ring and the backboard, these are usually called a “wedgie”.
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During the loose ball scenarios, like when the suspension of play occurs during a loose ball or when a fighting foul occurs during a loose ball, a jump ball is called.
Lastly, a jump ball is called when a held ball occurs or a ball goes out of bounds caused by both teams which have the least probability of happening, or when official/s is in doubt as to who last touched the ball. The ball shall be put into play by a jump ball at the circle which is closest to the spot where these stoppages occur.