What happens if the ball is bounced into the basket?


By Greg Letts

Question: What Happens If The Ball Bounces Back Over The Net On Service?

I am a physical education teacher and a student asked me this question about table tennis and how this situation would be scored:

A player is ready to serve to their opponent, he hits the ball on his side, it bounces over the net but he has so much back spin on the ball, the ball bounces back over the net to his side of the table before the opponent can hit it.

I told him that the likelihood of this actually happening is not very good. He agreed but was wondering what the ruling was. Most times when they ask questions I have answers but I could not give him an appropriate one. Can you help?


Answer: Hi Chris - the rule is that it is the server's point. The relevant Law of Table Tennis is the following:

2.7 The Return
2.7.1 The ball, having been served or returned, shall be struck so that it passes over or around the net assembly and...

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Cricket Law No.20 LOST BALL states that if a ball in play can not be found or recovered, any fielder may call LOST Ball.

There are certain conditions for this. The ball should have been lost within the field of play. This scenario is a rare one in recent time. But due to some post holes, goal post, snake holes, there are chances that the ball cannot be recovered, or when a ball within the field is trapped in the tree or is surrounded by the snake and cannot be recovered, any fielder can call "Lost Ball" and the ball becomes dead.

Batsmen may take as many runs as they can, until any fielder calls "Lost Ball'. At the time Lost ball is called, the batsman can score as many runs as they can. If they have crossed for the 4th run when lost ball is called, 6 runs will be awarded to the batting side and the batsmen will remain at the end they were, when Lost Ball is called. But if the batsmen have completed 10 runs and crossed for the 11th run, all 11 runs will be scored,...

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Firstly dead ball in cricket basically means the time in between two balls. The ball being dead means the period of this ball has ended and the next ball will begin when the bowler starts his run up again. This is why they signal a dead ball when bowlers miss their run up.

Now then, as there no "dead-ball" which can be bowled, we need to understand what happens if a ball bounces twice or more.

MCC rules state that a ball may be called a no-ball if it bounces more that twice before reaching the batsman/popping crease. This means if it bounces twice it is a legal delivery. So in both cases whether bouncing twice or more if the batsman hits it, he gets the runs.

I see some people referring to Trevor Chappell's underarm ball.

Actually, as per rules prevalent then, an underarm ball was a perfectly legal delivery. Unsporting but legal. And therefore Trevor was right according to the laws. However, subsequently MCC and ICC banned underarm bowling and the rule...

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Basketball is a team sport and fun-filled and enthusiastic recreational activity. This sport can be played indoors or outdoors, such as water basketball or beach basketball. The history of basketball reveals that this sport was invented in 1891, by Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian physical education student and an instructor at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, USA. Within a short span of time, the game gained popularity and was being played all over the world. Czechoslovakia, Argentina, Latvia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Portugal and Switzerland together established the International Basketball Federation in 1932. Basketball was introduced to the Olympics, in 1936.

Basketball is played between two teams, with five players on each team. A standard basketball court is a rectangular, wooden surface that measures 28 x 15 meters, with two baskets at the opposite ends. It is played in four quarters of 10-12 minutes. The main idea of the game is to throw the ball into the...

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Basketball is played by millions of people, both men and women, in all parts of the world. Professional basketball is watched by millions more on TV. The game is played between two teams, with five players per team allowed on the court at any one time. Points are scored by getting the ball through a hoop called 'the goal' or 'the basket', and the team scoring the most points wins.


In 1891, Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor at YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, decided to create a new indoor game to keep his students fit during the cold winter months. He experimented with a team game in which players threw a soccer ball to each other and scored by throwing it into a peach basket nailed high on a wall. Later that year he wrote the first version of the rules of what he now called 'Basket Ball'. In 1906, the baskets were replaced by metal hoops in front of backboards. The ball still had to pass through the hoop...

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Basketball, whether it’s pro, college, or a friendly game in your backyard, is one of the most popular games in the world, but unless you know the right basketball slang terms, your enjoyment of the game might be limited. Or at the very least, you’re going to have no idea what your teammates are saying about you (well, you will, if you miss an easy shot!)

B-ball, as it’s known among urban practitioners of the sport, probably has little if any idea how quaintly this sport began: as a way of keeping kids occupied indoors during rainy days!

Slang Terms Used in Basketball

There are five players on each team in a basketball game, each is intent on throwing the ball through the basket by all the legal means necessary.

A player who is excellent at jumping with the ball can make a name for himself with his “hops” (jumps); if a player is throwing the ball, and it flies the length of the court, but still misses, it’s an “air shot.”

Some players can be...

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When you drop a ball, gravity pulls it toward the floor. The ball gains energy of motion, known as kinetic energy. When the ball hits the floor and stops, that energy has to go somewhere. The energy goes into deforming the ball--from its original round shape to a squashed shape. When the ball deforms, its molecules are stretched apart in some places and squeezed together in others. As they are pushed about, the molecules in the ball collide with and rub across each other.

Exactly what happens to these molecules as they stretch and squeeze depends on what the ball is made of. Suppose you drop a ball of putty. Rather than bouncing, it hits the floor and flattens. All of the organized motion of the falling ball becomes the random motion of jiggling molecules. The random motion of jiggling molecules is a measure of thermal energy. The putty gets warmer, but it doesn't bounce. Putty is inelastic--it doesn't return to its original shape.

Now suppose you drop a rubber ball....

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Fake to your dominant side.

To do an accurate-looking fake, push the ball to the side you're dribbling it in. Step the way you fake, and lean that way, too. Keep your eyes focused on the defender's hips and midsection, rather than the hands or legs, which the defense will use for distraction. When the hips turn in the direction you're faking, that's when you'll know you've faked effectively.




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Also consider faking to your non-dominant side and crossing back over to your dominant hand and driving from your strong side. Keep the D...
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bounced check

A written order to a bank for a certain amount of funds that has been dishonored because such funds are not available in the account in question. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. The bank notified me of several bounced checks that my husband has been writing around the country.

on the bounce

In continuous, consecutive, unbroken succession. (Used primarily in reference to sporting outcomes.) Primarily heard in UK. After six losses on the bounce, the new manager of the football team is already being replaced. They had 10 straight wins on the bounce heading into this tournament, but they were outclassed and eliminated in the very first round.

bounce off the walls

To be very active and energetic to the point of hyperactivity. How much sugar did you give the kids? They're bouncing off the walls!

bounce along

1. Lit. to move along bouncing. (As might be done by a ball.) The ball bounced along and finally came to...

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Basketball is a fast, exciting and popular sport, played by over 300 million people all over the world. It was invented in the United States in 1891. Today, it is a sport that is played in all types of schools all over the world. The best professional players compete in teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Although basketball can be played almost everywhere it is mostly an indoor game played on a court that is 29 metres long and 15 metres wide. The floor is made of wood. At each end there is a backboard and a basket which you must shoot the ball through. The basket is about 3 metres from the floor. The official ball is made out of leather and it has a circumference of 76 cm.

The court has many important lines drawn on the floor. The midcourt line and the centre circle are where the game starts. The referee throws the ball into the air and two players jump up and try to push it to their team-mates. The three-point line is a curved line on the...

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Yes, a bounce that goes into the basket would count as a successful goal. Anytime (except on a throw-in) a live ball goes through the basket, it is a goal, and it doesn't matter who, if anyone, threw the ball.

From the NCAA Men's Basketball 2013-14 and 2014-15 Rules, Rule 5 (Scoring and Timing Regulations), Section 1, Article 2:

Art. 2. A goal is made when:

a. A live ball that is not a throw-in enters the basket from above and remains in or passes through the basket; or

b. A free throw enters the basket from above and remains in or passes through the basket.

After a player bounces the ball, the ball is still live, meaning that any player could theoretically grab the ball and continue playing. So if the ball goes in the basket, the goal would count.

Kicking the ball in, even if it is easier for you, is not allowed (NCAA Rule 9, Section 7; NBA Rule 10, Section...

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How high a basketball will bounce on how hard you throw it at the ground. If you drop a basketball without throwing it at the ground, it will bounce back up to a fraction of its original height that is not too far from 1.0 (0.75 is kind of typical for a well-inflated new basketball). So if you drop a basketball from height of 20 feet, you might expect it to go back up 15 feet or so. It will continue to bounce, losing about a quarter of its height on each bounce.

If you threw the ball at the ground so that it hits the ground as fast as it would had it been dropped from 20 feet, it will bounce back to about 15 feet.

Now comes the hard part -- at what point will all this break down and the basketball will not go any higher? This happens when some of the energy of motion of the basketball is no longer available for the bounce but goes into damaging the ball and/or the floor surface. For very high bounces, air resistance also plays a role, but while it does not limit the...

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Key concepts

Playing basketball can be hard work. Players not only have to run around the court, but just dribbling the basketball takes some serious effort, too. Have you ever wondered why that is? The challenge has to do with how the basketball bounces. When the ball hits the court, its bounce actually loses momentum by transferring some of its energy—into a different form. This means that to keep the ball bouncing to the same height, players must continually put energy into the ball with each bounce. In this activity you will explore how high a basketball bounces on different surfaces compared with the height from which it was dropped. Which surface lets the basketball bounce the highest? Grab a basketball and try this activity to find out!

Playing a game of basketball can be great exercise, and one part of that workout comes from just dribbling the ball. Why...

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