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Basketball Glossary T-Z:
Basketball Terms T


Technical foul: A violation, such as a player or coach using profanity, that results in the other team getting free throws and possession of the ball. Also called a "T," as in "T him up."

10-second call: A violation that occurs when a team is unable to advance the ball over the midcourt line before 10 seconds have elapsed.

3-point arc: A line drawn on the court 19 feet 19 inches from the basket. Field goals scored from the outside the arc count 3 points. Also called "3-point line."

3-point line: See 3-point arc.

3-point shot: A shot taken from outside the 3-point arc.

3 points the old-fashioned way: Scoring 3 points by making a 2-point shot, being fouled in the process, and making the free throw.

3-second call: A violation that occurs when an offensive player remains in the lane for 3 or more seconds.

Tip-off: The opening jump ball at the center circle that begins a game.

Trailer: An offensive player, usually a center or a power forward, who trails the first wave of players on the fast break.

Transition: A movement that occurs when a team changes from offense to defense (defensive transition) or from defense to offense (offensive transition).

Trap: A defensive move in which two defenders guard the player with the ball by forming a V with their bodies.

Traveling: A violation that occurs when the player with the ball takes two many steps without dribbling. This is a common occurrence with young players.

Triangle-and-two: A combination defense in which three defenders play zone in a triangle formation and two defenders guard specific players man-to-man.

Triple threat position: The bent knees stance that allows the player three options: dribble, pass, or shoot.

Turnaround jump shot: A shot by a player in the low post in which they catch the ball with their back to the basket, makes a forward pivot so they face the basket, and shoots a jump shot.

Turnover: A loss of possession of the ball caused by a steal, an offensive foul, a held ball, or a poor pass.

Two-Guard Offense: A team offense used against zones with one-guard fronts (1-2-2 and 1-3-1).

Two-shot foul: A violation that occurs when a defender fouls the shooter, and the shot misses. The shooter is awarded two free throws.

Basketball Glossary T-Z:
Basketball Terms U


Up-and-under move: An advanced post move that starts out like a turnaround jump shot, but instead of shooting, the post player "pump fakes," causing the defender to rise out of their defensive stance. The post player steps by the defender and finishes with a layup.

Up screen: An offensive play in which a player comes from the low post area to set a screen for a player in the high post area.

Basketball Glossary T-Z:
Basketball Terms V


V-cut and swim move: An offensive play in which a player on the perimeter steps toward the basket, drawing the defender with them, and suddenly cuts to the perimeter for a pass. The opposite of a backdoor cut.

Basketball Glossary T-Z:
Basketball Terms W


Weak side: See help side.

Wing: (1) The area on the court where the 3-point arc meets the free throw line extended. (2) The offensive player who plays in that area.

Basketball Glossary T-Z:
Basketball Terms Z


Zone defense: A team defense in which players are assigned to guard specific areas of the court.

Zone offense: A team offense used against a zone defense.







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