jump ball

noun Basketball.
a ball tossed into the air above and between two opposing players by the referee in putting the ball into play.

Origin:
1920–25

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jump ball
 
n
basketball a ball thrown high by the referee between two opposing players to put it in play, as after a stoppage in which no foul or violation was committed

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There will be a jump ball at the start of each game and at the beginning of any overtime period.
The team not gaining control of the jump ball will start the alternating possession procedure.
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