Behind the whistle

Let’s talk about…the 3 second rule
June 8th 2023 by Luke Mclaughlan, Competitions & Referees Coordinator, Wanneroo Basketball Association

The basics of the rule:

  • 3 seconds in the restricted area (keyway) is only in effect when: 
    • The ball is live
    • Team control is established
    • The team with control of the ball is in their front court
    • The game clock is running
  • When a player remains in the restricted area for more than 3 seconds, a violation may be administered if there is an effect
  • Team control ends when a player makes an attempt to score (shoots the ball), not when the ball hits the ring or backboard
  • For a player to establish themselves outside the restricted area, both feet must exit