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Basketball Dribbling Violations

What is a dribbling violation in basketball? When will a violation be called on the dribbler? Get ready to learn about violations related to dribbling in basketball.

Dribbling Violations

When a violation is made on the court, the referee will stop play by blowing his whistle. The ball becomes dead and the game clock and shot clock stop ticking. All violations result in a turnover, and the other team getting possession of the ball. There are lots of violations in basketball.

In this tutorial, we will learn about violations that happen to the dribbler when he is dribbling on the court.

Basketball Dribbling Violations Summary

Meet The Dribbler

The Dribbler, also known as the ball-handler, is the player with possession of the ball. The team with the ball is on offense.

Basketball Dribbler

Ball Movement

The ball-handler can pass, shoot, pivot or dribble. If you need a refresher on how players can move the ball on the court, check out our tutorial on Basketball Ball Movement.


Dribbling in basketball is an action the ball-handler takes to move the ball by repeatedly bouncing it off the floor with a one hand continuous motion.

Basketball Dribbling


A travel, also known as a walk, is a violation that is called on the dribbler who violates a dribbling rule. Here are some examples of traveling in basketball:

Basketball Pivot Foot

You can learn more about the rules of pivoting in Basketball Pivoting.


A walking violation is the same thing as traveling. You can remember walking because the dribbler will hold the ball in the air while walking on the court.


A palming violation, also known as carrying, will be called on the ball-handler if he carries or lifts the ball into the air with his palms while moving on the court.

Double Dribble

A double dribble is a violation that is called on the dribbler if he uses two hands while dribbling.

REMEMBER: You are only allowed to use one hand when dribbling.

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