Last Updated on: 19th September 2023, 12:35 am
In basketball, an “over and back” violation occurs when a team in possession of the ball crosses the half-court line into the frontcourt and then returns the ball back across the half-court line into the backcourt before establishing possession in the frontcourt. This violation results in a turnover, and the opposing team gains possession of the ball.
The purpose of the over and back rule is to prevent teams from stalling or delaying the game by continuously passing the ball back and forth across the half-court line. It also ensures that the game remains fair and balanced by giving both teams equal opportunities to score.
It’s important to note that the over and back violation only occurs when the team in possession of the ball is the one that causes the ball to cross the half-court line. If the ball is deflected or knocked back into the backcourt by a defensive player, the offensive team can retrieve the ball without penalty.