A carry, also known as a palming violation, is a rule infraction in the game of basketball. It occurs when a player holds the ball in one or both hands for more than five seconds while dribbling. A carry results in the loss of possession and a turnover.
The rule was put in place to prevent players from stalling the game by holding the ball without moving or passing it. The rule is also intended to promote dribbling and keep the game moving. Violations are usually called when a player stops dribbling and then starts again or when they hold the ball while standing still.
There are some exceptions to the rule, such as if a player catches their air ball or if they are being fouled. If a player is fouled while dribbling, they will be awarded free throws rather than turning the ball over.
Different Variations Of A Carry In Basketball
There are two types of carrying in basketball: the double dribble carry and the traveling carry.
Carry – Double Dribble:
The double dribble carry is when a player dribbles the ball, stops, and then starts dribbling again. This is a violation because the player effectively has two hands on the ball, which gives them an advantage over their defender.
The traveling carry is when a player takes more than two steps while holding the ball. This is also a violation because it gives the player an advantage over their defender.
Both of these violations are punishable by loss of possession of the ball.
Hand Signal For A Carry Violation
There are many different ways to signal a carry violation, but the most common is to raise one arm in the air and wave it back and forth. This signal can be made by either the referee or one of the players on the court.
If you see this signal being made while watching a game, it means that someone has committed a carry violation and the other team now has possession of the ball.
Is a High Dribble A Carry?
A high dribble is when the ball is held at or above waist level. Many people believe that a high dribble is a carry, but this is not the case.
A carry occurs when a player takes more than two steps without the ball touching the floor, regardless of how high they are dribbling the ball. Many people believe that a high dribble is a carry because it can be difficult to control the ball when it is that high off of the ground. However, as long as the player does not take more than two steps with the ball in their hand, it is not considered a carry.
Is a Hesitation A Carry?
The answer is no. Hesitation does not involve picking up the dribble, so it cannot be considered a carry.
What Is The Penalty For Carrying The Ball?
The penalty results in a loss of possession for the offending player and their team.
How Can You Dribble Without Carrying The Ball?
There are a few ways you can dribble without carrying the ball.
- Dribble without carrying the ball is by using your fingers instead of your palm. Using your palm makes you more likely to take more than two steps without bouncing the ball. By using your fingers, you can control the ball better and keep it from bouncing too high.
- Dribble without carrying the ball is by keeping your hand on top of the ball. If you keep your hand underneath the ball, it is more likely to bounce off of your palm and take more than two steps.
Special Moves That People May Mislead Into A Carry:
There are many special moves that people may think are carries but are not
- The “crossover” is a move where a player dribbles the ball from one hand to the other while switching directions. This is not a carry because the player only takes one step before releasing the ball.
- The “behind the back” dribble, where a player dribbles the ball behind their back to switch directions. This is not a carry because the player only takes one step before releasing the ball.
A carry, also known as a palming violation, is a type of foul in basketball. It occurs when a player dribbles the ball with his or her hand too far inside the palm, causing the ball to become “tucked” under the player’s arm.
Clyde Jackson III is a basketball coach and the founder of GCBC Basketball, a basketball-related learning and informational website that focuses on helping young players develop their skills on and off the court. With over 15 years of coaching experience, Clyde has worked with players of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to professionals.