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Possession arrow:
Used to determine which team's turn it is to inbounds the ball to begin a period or in a held ball situation.
An offensive position played close to the basket along the key.

Possession arrow:
Usually a plastic sign with an arrow on each side of it used to keep track of possessions during the game. The sign sits at the scorers table and is 'switched' after 'jump balls' and / or at the end of each period of the game.

Possession arrows
The alternating possession arrow rule went into effect in college basketball in 1981. Ever since, it has been controversial.

Possession Arrow
A sideline indicator at high school and college games that has a lighted arrow showing which team is next entitled to the ball under the alternate-possession rule.
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alternating-possession rule: in college, the possession arrow changes direction after each subsequent jump ball situation, alternating which team gets possession for the throw-in.

If you hold onto the ball too long, the opponents may tie you  up, and depending on the ~, all your hard work is for  nothing. So immediately pivot away from the defenders toward the  sideline and find a teammate to pass to. Pivot on your outside foot.

During team control, as defined in Rule 4-12-2 & 3; a defensive player causes a held ball and the alternating-~ favors the offensive team.

The direction of the ~ indicates which team will take possession of the ball at the next jump ball or start of the next quarter. Since you alternate possession between the two teams at these occasions, the arrow keeps track of whose turn it is.

Now with the changing ~, getting the opening tip is not a big advantage since you will get the next possession anyway.

Alternating-Possession Rule - In high school and college basketball, most 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 ~ indicates ...

This should be called when both players have hold of the ball but neither one of them can gain control. Then the referee will call for a jump ball or in college basketball the team that has the ~. (See jump ball and possession indicator) ...

Why was I worried when I had a ref say "who's ball is it anyway " repeatedly while blankly staring at the ~? And why did the other coach keep saying it was his ball, every time?? Coach T ...

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Possession, Basket, Ball, Basketball, Point?

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