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
the Official takes a position to administer a jump ball, or
the Official takes his position to administer a free throw
(see art. 69), or
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
after having reached its highest point in a jump-ball it is tapped
by the first player, or
when the Official places it at the disposal of a free thrower (see
art. 69), or
when on a throw-in from out-of-bounds it touches a player in
The ball becomes dead when:
any goal is made,
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,
Held ball occurs or ball lodges on the basket support,
official's whistle is blown while the ball is in play,
Time expires for a half or extra period,
a foul occurs while the ball is in play,
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
Ball is in flight on a free throw or try for a field goal when (d),
(e), or (f) occurs, or
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
Penalty for a jump-ball violation is ignored.
Time-out occurs and the game watch shall be stopped when an
a held ball,
unusual delay in getting a dead ball into play,
suspension of play for an injury, or for removal of a player,
such removal being ordered by an official,
suspension of play for any reason, ordered by the officials, or
when the 30-second signal is sounded.
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
Unused time-outs may not be carried over to the next half or
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.
After time has been out, the game watch shall be started when
play is resumed.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.