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Substitutes

A team member is a substitute when they are not playing on the court.

Or is on the playing court but is not allowed to play because of disqualification or has committed five fouls.

Five players are allowed on the court at any one time and can be substituted.

The sub becomes a player when the official allows them to enter the court.

The player becomes a sub when the official allows the replacement to enter the court.





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