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Time-Outs are generally used by teams to stop the clock and/or reassess the team's strategy.

Time-out signal
Each team can have one time-out in each quarter and two in the last quarter.
So when a time-out is called by the coach, it's time for the ref to use that famous signal.

Time-outs - a team coach can call up to two charged time-outs in a half. The time-out cannot begin until the ball becomes dead (out of play). The coach would ask the scorer who passes the message on to the other officials.

A requested break in action by a team either with the possesion of the ball, or when the ball is dead.
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Be aware of how your team responds to time-outs. Many players look at it as a time to panic if the coach calls a quick time-out as soon as something goes wrong. Then they begin to search for things to go wrong.

Using ~s
Coaches should use their ~s wisely. In close games, if possible, I try to save two or three ~s for the last few minutes of the game, when you may need to stop the clock, set up a play, discuss your team's strategy, etc. Sometimes it doesn't work this way.

When a ~ is called a great teammate will be the first one off the bench to go out and high-five the players that were on the court. When the ~ is over be energetic. "Yeah, Brad. Keep dominating in the post!".
All of these little acts lift the energy and moral of the team.

Excessive ~s: calling ~ when a team has no ~s remaining will draw a technical foul, as Chris Webber learned - much to his chagrin - during the 1993 NCAA Championship Game.

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A limited number of ~s, clock stoppages requested by a coach for a short meeting with the players, are allowed. They generally last no longer than one minute unless, for televised games, a commercial break is needed.

Often you might need to convey information to your team, but you do not wish to call a ~ to do so. For example, you might be leading and need to run a slower offense.

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after a score or successful free throw by your team.
when the opponents have the ball out of bounds.
after a ~.

After each quarter (or at halftime) teams switch sides. Each team is permitted a certain number of ~s per half (again depending on league rules). If a game ends in a tie, overtime periods of up to five minutes are usually played until one team outscores the other to win.

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