A foul is called on any player or coach who makes an illegal physical or verbal action against another player as defined in the rules of basketball. When a foul is made, the other team will either get free throws or ball possession.
Basketball Player Fouls
Whenever a player commits a foul in a basketball game, the referees give them something called a player foul. Player fouls are a running total of fouls that each player has made in the game.
Resetting Player Foul Counts
A player's foul count will never reset in a game. If a player accumulates too many player fouls, they will be benched and not be allowed to play.
Basketball Foul Limits
There is a limit to how many fouls players and teams can commit in a game before the consequences get greater. Fouling too many times can result in a player being over the limit and fouling out. It can also put a team in a penalty situation.
Basketball Fouling Out
If a player reaches the foul limit, they must leave the game. This is called fouling out. The foul limit is different for the NBA, college basketball, and high school basketball.
NBA Foul Limit
In the NBA, the foul limit is six player fouls per game.
College Basketball Foul Limit
In college basketball, the foul limit is five player fouls per game. Players are also disqualified if they commit two technical fouls or one flagrant foul.
High School Basketball Foul Limit
In high school basketball, the foul limit is five player fouls per game. Players are also disqualified if they commit two technical fouls or one flagrant foul.
Types Of Fouls In Basketball
There are lots of fouls in basketball. There are personal fouls, technical fouls, shooting fouls, and flagrant fouls that all count as player fouls and team fouls.