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RULE SIX. TIMING REGULATIONS

36.Game Watch Operations

The game watch shall be started when the ball after having reached its highest point on а toss at the beginning of а half or extra period, is tapped by the first player.

The game watch shall be stopped at the expiration of time for each period of play.

37.Ball goes into play

The ball goes into play (is in play) when

  1. the Official takes a position to administer a jump ball, or
  2. the Official takes his position to administer a free throw (see art. 69), or
  3. when on a throw-in from in an out-of-bounds situation, the ball is at the disposal of the player who is to put it in play throw it in.

38.Ball Becomes Alive

The ball becomes alive when

  1. after having reached its highest point in a jump-ball it is tapped by the first player, or
  2. when the Official places it at the disposal of a free thrower (see art. 69), or
  3. when on a throw-in from out-of-bounds it touches a player in the court.

39.Dead Ball

The ball becomes dead when:

  1. any goal is made,
  2. It is apparent that the ball will not go into the basket : on a free throw for a technical foul by Coach or substitute, or a free throw which is to be followed by another throw,
  3. Held ball occurs or ball lodges on the basket support,
  4. official's whistle is blown while the ball is in play,
  5. Time expires for a half or extra period,
  6. a foul occurs while the ball is in play,
  7. any floor violation occurs, or there is basket interference, or there is free throw violation by the thrower's team and the basket is missed.

Exceptions: The ball does not become dead at the time of the listed act and goal, if made, counts, if

  1. Ball is in flight on a free throw or try for a field goal when (d), (e), or (f) occurs, or
  2. An opponent fouls while the ball is still in possession of a player who is trying for a goal and who finished his try with a continuous motion which started before the foul occurred, or
  3. Penalty for a jump-ball violation is ignored.

40.Time-out

Time-out occurs and the game watch shall be stopped when an official signals:

  1. a violation,
  2. a foul,
  3. a held ball,
  4. unusual delay in getting a dead ball into play,
  5. suspension of play for an injury, or for removal of a player, such removal being ordered by an official,
  6. suspension of play for any reason, ordered by the officials, or
  7. when the 30-second signal is sounded.

41.Charged Time-out

A Coach has the right to request a charged time-out. He shall do so by going in person to the Scorer and asking clearly for a "time-out", making the proper conventional sign with his hands. Electrical devices enabling Coaches to request a time-out without leaving their places may be used. Such devices may not, under any circumstances, be used to request a player substitution.

The Scorer shall indicate to the officials that a request for charged time-out has been made by sounding his signal as soon as the ball is dead and the game watch is stopped but before the ball is again in play (see article 37).

A time-out shall be charged to a team for each minute consumed under this provision. lf the tearn responsible for the time-out is ready to play before the end of the charged time-out the Referee is hereby given authority to start the game immediately.

exceptions: No time-out is charged if an injured player or disqualified player, or a player who has committed his fifth foul is replaced within one minute; or if the injured player is ready to play immediately; or if the officials permit a delay such as that caused by an untied shoe lace.

42.Legal Charged Time-out

Two charged time-outs may be granted to each team during each half of playing time, and one charged time-out for each extra period.

Unused time-outs may not be carried over to the next half or extra period.

43.Time-out in Case of Injury

The officials may order time-out in case of injury to players or for any other reason, although not for trifles. If the ball is in play when an injury occurs, the officials shall withhold their whistles until the play has been completed, that is, the team in possession of the ball has thrown for goal, lost possession of the ball, has withheld the ball from play, or the ball has become a dead ball.

When necessary to protect an injured player, the officials may suspend play immediately.

If the injured player cannot resume his place 1 minute after the interruption, he shall be substituted, and his substitute alone can effect the free throws that may have been awarded to him.

44.Time-in

After time has been out, the game watch shall be started when play is resumed.

  1. If the play is resumed by a jump-ball, the watch shall be started as the ball after having reached its highest point, is tapped by the first player.
  2. If a free throw is not successful and ball is to continue in play, the watch shall be started when the ball touches a player in the court.
  3. If play is resumed by a throw-in from out-of-bounds, the watch shall be started when the ball touches a player in the court.

45.How Play is Resumed

  1. After time-out or after the ball has become dead for any other reason and if no situation in (b) or (c) of this article is involved, ball is put in play as follows. If a team had control of the ball, any player of that team designated by the captain shall throw it in from the point out-of-bounds on the side lines nearest the point where the ball became dead. If neither team had control, two opponents shall jump in the circle nearest where the ball became dead.
  2. After a foul, ball is put in play by placing it at the disposal of the offended ream (out-of-bounds on the side lines) or of the free thrower or by a jump-ball at the nearest circle.
  3. After a held ball, or the ending of a half-period, or a field goal or an out-of-bounds, or the ending of a free throw, or a violation, ball is put in play as prescribed in the relevant Rule.