24-Second Shot Clock Reset

Since the 2010-11 season, officials have reviewed situations where they were not reasonably certain whether the ball actually touched the rim and are therefore unsure if the shot clock was (or was not) reset properly.

This type of replay is only conducted in the last two minutes of the 4th period and overtime.

If the game clock was stopped after the missed attempt (e.g., the ball goes out of bounds or a quick made shot), the review will take place immediately.

However, if the game clock does not stop after the missed attempt (e.g., an offensive player rebounds the ball and then passes the ball out), officials will stop play during the first pause in action prior or any change of possession.

When conducting their review, referees will attempt to confirm whether or not the ball hit the rim, and based on that determination, adjust the game and shot clocks, score and possession according to the following:

  • On successful field goals, referees will determine whether the field goal was released prior to the expiration of 24 seconds.
  • On a foul call, referees determine whether the foul occurred prior to the expiration of 24 seconds or, in the case of a foul on a player in the act of shooting, whether the shot was released prior to the expiration of 24 seconds.
    • (EXCEPTION: Flagrant fouls and unsportsmanlike acts and points scored associated with them will not be nullified.)
  • On plays where the defensive team caused the ball to go out-of-bounds or they committed a violation, referees determine how much time should be on the shot clock or if a 24-second violation should be assessed.
  • On plays where neither team had possession of the ball when referees went to review, and the referees determine that the ball hit the rim (no 24-second violation), then play will resume with a jump ball at center court between any two players in the game.