Alternating Possession Rule In Basketball

Last Updated on: 8th July 2023, 06:34 pm

The alternating possession rule in basketball is a method of putting the ball into play via an inbounds pass rather than a jump ball. It is determined by utilizing a possession arrow and is usually only used in non-professional basketball leagues.

The team obtaining control from the jump ball establishes the alternating-possession procedure, and the arrow is set toward the opponent’s basket. Teams take turns possessing the ball in situations such as a held ball or offsetting penalties.

The alternating possession throw-in must result when a held ball occurs, the ball goes out of bounds, or simultaneous floor or free-throw violations occur.

The opportunity to make an alternating-possession throw-in is lost if the throw-in team violates, and if either team fouls during an alternating possession, the arrow is not switched after the ball is in-bounded.

The possession arrow is initially set to the team that did not gain control of the ball, and it flips to the other team after each alternating possession.

The alternating possession rule was first introduced in college basketball in 1981, and it is now used in almost every level below college.