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Can you touch the ball after it hits the backboard?

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Asked by: Sam Wilkinson

During a field goal attempt, touch a ball after it has touched any part of the backboard above ring level, whether the ball is considered on its upward or downward flight. The offensive player must have caused the ball to touch the backboard.

Can you dribble after hitting the backboard?

A player who is dribbling may not put any part of his hand under the ball and (1) carry it from one point to another or (2) bring it to a pause and then continue to dribble again. A pass or fumble which touches his backboard, basket ring or is touched by another player. PENALTY: Loss of ball.

Can you touch the backboard in basketball?

Slapping the backboard is neither basket interference nor goaltending. A technical may be assessed when a player strikes the backboard so forcefully it cannot be ignored, but simply slapping the backboard in an attempt to block a shot is neither a violation nor a technical foul.

What happens when the ball hits the backboard?

ANSWER: Under all codes, a ball hitting the top of the backboard (as well as the sides and bottom) is considered as “in play.” However, if the ball goes OVER the top or touches any of the supporting braces above or behind the backboard, it is considered to be out of bounds.

Can you touch the rim in basketball?

Section I—A Player Shall Not: Touch the ball or the basket ring when the ball is sitting or rolling on the ring and using the basket ring as its lower base or hang on the rim while the ball is passing through.

Can anyone touch the top of the backboard?

There is no real reason for a basketball player to touch the top of the backboard during a game. Like doing a trick shot in hockey, or watching people shoot one-handed full-court shots on a basketball court, the tasks aren’t useful in a game. Seeing them done, however, is pretty cool.

Is it legal to catch your own airball?

An airball occurs when you shoot the basketball and miss the rim and the backboard. As long as you are not in the NBA, you can catch or rebound your own airball as long as it is an intentional shot. In pickup basketball, high school, college, and international play, this is legal.

Did David Thompson touch the top of the backboard?

David. Was the leaper. The legend was I could take a quarter off and leave two dimes and a nickel I didn't quite have that much hang time but I could get the top of the backboard.

Can you throw it off the backboard to yourself and land?

Self Pass Off The Backboard



Passing it off the backboard is completely legal. The reason it’s legal a pass toward the backboard or rim is considered a shot. The referee has no judgement if the player is trying to score or trying to pass the back to themselves.

Could Wilt Chamberlain touch the top of the backboard?

Wilt Chamberlain Could Touch The Top Of The Backboard



At his height that would still require a 40+ inch vertical jump, so we know that he is at least in the ballpark of the 48 inch claim.

Can I dunk if I can grab rim?

Many of the newer rims are breakaway, and will snap down if you grab onto it. If you want to have a chance at dunking, you should be able to snap the rim down like this with some consistency. Careful, though: If you grab the rim but can’t get a grip, the momentum of your body could cause a violent spill.

Why can I touch the rim but not dunk?

Position your thumb over the ball as far away from your fingers as you can. Press the basketball into your outstretched hand with your other hand. Don’t squeeze too hard with your fingers to where you can’t hold the ball. Dunk a regulation basketball utilizing your vertical jump and palming techniques.

What percent of people can dunk?

Most people can’t dunk like Blake Griffin. In fact, most people can’t dunk, period. Of the 6 billion people in the world, probably only around 1 percent can dunk, will dunk or have ever dunked a basketball on a regulation-size hoop in their lifetime.

Is it harder to dunk with two hands?

Developing a one-handed dunk requires less vertical ability than a two-handed dunk, and, for most players, jumping off of one foot from a running start makes it easier to jump high enough to dunk. There are many things that you can do to work on your vertical leap.

Can any NBA player not dunk?

Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers



Not being able to dunk hasn’t hindered Steve Nash at all during a 17-year NBA career.