World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Untimed play

Article Id: WHEBN0033965005
Reproduction Date:

Title: Untimed play  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Face mask (gridiron football), Block in the back, Encroachment (gridiron football), Muffed punt, Palpably unfair act
Collection: Terminology Used in Multiple Sports
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Untimed play

In sports that use a clock, untimed play is play in which the clock does not tick. In some cases, untimed play can occur at the end of a game following the expiration of the clock, and may even be when a score occurs that decides the outcome of the game.

Gridiron football

In gridiron football, untimed play occurs in the following situations:

  • Extra points following touchdowns are attempted without the clock ticking (except in arena football, which uses a continuous running clock)
  • If the clock expires while a play is in progress, the play continues untimed until the ball is dead
  • If, at the end of a quarter or a half, a defensive foul occurs, the offense is entitled to an untimed down
  • Specifically in Canadian football, if the clock expires while the ball is dead, play continues with one untimed down. (This is in contrast to American football, where if the ball is dead and time expires, the half or game immediately ends.)
  • In college football, all overtime play is untimed.

All untimed downs are subject to the play clock and must commence before it expires, or else a delay of game penalty is levied.


In Basketball, untimed play occurs in the following situations:

  • Free throws are shot without the clock ticking, though in the NBA, there is a 10-second clock to shoot a free throw or else it is forfeited
  • At the end of the game, the buzzer automatically ends the game. However, if a player has released the ball from his hands before the buzzer sounds and the ball makes it through the basket, the score counts.
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.