jump ball

noun

Definition of jump ball

: a method of putting a basketball into play by tossing it into the air between two opponents who jump up and attempt to tap the ball to a teammate also : a ball put into play in this manner

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Two more completions got the Pack to the 8, and Graham did what most former basketball players turned tight ends should, winning a jump ball in the end zone. Barry Wilner, BostonGlobe.com, "Packers defense stifles Bears in NFL season opener," 6 Sep. 2019 Andrew Crocker caught a jump ball in the end zone to cut the lead to 21-12, but Man Valley stopped the two-point conversion try. Justin Fitzgerald, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Late interception seals Manchester Valley victory over North Hagerstown, 2-0 start to season," 14 Sep. 2019 Narbonne took a two-touchdown lead as Garcia threw a jump ball to Queen into the left corner of the end zone. Devin Ugland, Los Angeles Times, "Narbonne and Jake Garcia cruise to 38-0 win over Orange Lutheran," 13 Sep. 2019 An official called a jump ball instead of a foul, and Jokic, ejected three times last season with the Nuggets, offered a few choice words in his direction. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic ejected from FIBA World Cup matchup against Spain," 8 Sep. 2019 Two more completions got the Pack to the 8, and Graham did what most former basketball players turned tight ends should, winning a jump ball in the end zone. Barry Wilner, BostonGlobe.com, "Packers defense stifles Bears in NFL season opener," 6 Sep. 2019 Two more completions got the Pack to the 8, and Graham did what most former basketball players turned tight ends should, winning a jump ball in the end zone. Barry Wilner, orlandosentinel.com, "Packers ride defense, Aaron Rodgers to 10-3 victory against Bears," 5 Sep. 2019 Then tight end Jimmy Graham outjumped Bush for a jump ball in the end zone. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Tight end Trey Burton sidelined with a groin injury for Bears opener," 5 Sep. 2019 The payoff is obvious anytime Mann pancakes an opposing defensive back or wins a jump ball. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school football: Gophers commit Jonathan Mann is Rosemount’s star receiver, and ideal leader," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of jump ball

1924, in the meaning defined above

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