Jump Ball

Basketball Jump Ball

Basketball Jump Ball

How long does the basketball have to be held by two players for a jump ball to be called?

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Feb 25, 2008
It’s up to the ref
by: Joe Waters – webmaster A held ball is called when two players have control of the basketball at the same time, but neither is able to gain sole possession of it.

I don’t believe there is a certain time limit on this. Rather, the referee determines that neither player is able to gain possession of the basketball. In which case, a jump ball will be called.