Jump Ball / Free Throw Situations

Jump Ball Situations

The Active Official:

  1. Should toss the ball up between the two opponents in such a way that the ball is thrown straight up to a height that is slightly higher than either player can jump and reach. 
  2. Should stand still until the play has moved away and then follow up.

The Free Official:

  1. Should ensure that the ball is accurately tossed and drops their hand to indicate play has started (and the clock starts). 
  2. Must be ready to move in whichever direction the ball is tapped. Getting ahead of the play and becoming the lead official. 


Free Throw Situations

The Active Official:

  1. Holds the ball before the free throw.
  2. Observes the players whilst their co-official is making their decision known at the table.
  3. Passes the ball to the free throw shooter for 1, 2 or 3 free throws.
  4. Looks at the rebounders’ feet. Ensures they are in the proper position and behind the line until ball has left shooter’s hand and shooter’s feet are behind the line until the ball has hit the ring. If the last shot is successful, active becomes the trail official.
  5. Could become the lead or trail official after the last free throw depending upon which team gains possession.

The Free Official:

  1. Indicates the number of free throws to be taken.
  2. Looks at the shooters feet and those of the rebounder. Ensures they are in the proper position and behind the line until ball has left shooter’s hand and shooter’s feet are behind the line until the ball has hit the ring.
  3. Signals if the free throw is successful.
  4. If the last shot is successful becomes the lead official.
  5. If the last shot misses becomes the lead or trail official depending upon which team gains possession.