Offensive 3 Seconds (player does not cleanse by going OOB)

This is an example of an Offensive 3 Seconds violation. An offensive player is not permitted to remain in the 16 foot key area for longer than three seconds, regardless of whether he has the ball or not. On this play, the highlighted offensive player remains in the key for longer than the allotted three seconds. Note that the offensive player attempted to “cleanse” himself, but he does not fully exit the lane, therefore the count continues and the violation is correctly called.