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A time out is something a coach can call that stops times (hence "time out"). During this time, a coach can substitute players in and out of the ball game, draw up plays, talk to their players, or talk to the referee. This allows the players a break. There are 20, 30, and full time outs (which are 1 minute in length). Coaches have a certain number of timeouts, and after each half, they are restored.

Although coaches can choose when to call most timeouts, some are mandatory. TV announcers will often refer to some timeouts as "mandatory timeouts." These are strictly to allow the television commentators a break. Both coaches must call a certain amount during the game by certain points, and if they don't, they will lose a timeout.

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