Alternating-possession rule

Alternating-possession rule:
Most basketball  (external link) jump balls have been eliminated in favor of a rule that the teams take turns gaining possession for a throw in after a held ball and similar stoppages of play when possession is in question . The possession arrow changes direction after each subsequent jump ball situation, alternating which team gets the ball on the next such occasion and gets possession for the throw-in .
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083108 ~ The Alternating-possession rule

In situations in which possession had once been determined by a jump ball (other than at the beginning of the game or overtime periods), teams alternate taking the ball out of bounds according to the possession arrow.

The team that does not get possession of the opening tap starts the alternating throw-in process. For men, in held-ball situations created by the defense, the ball is awarded to the defense.
Brian Denver

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