In this tutorial, we will discuss fouling strategies at different times in a game.
When Fouling Is A Good Idea
However, there are strategies when purposely fouling can be advantageous to a team, like at the end of the game when time needs to be conserved or a team wants the ball back.
End Game Fouling Strategy
- they want to conserve time
- they want possession of the ball
- they believe the fouled player will miss the free throw attempts
End Game Situations
Imagine a situation where the score is close within a few points and a single basket can change the outcome of the game. Here's an example:
Team A has the ball and the shot clock has more time on it than the game clock. Team A can run the clock down without worrying about the shot clock expiring. Team B needs to get the ball back, so they can have a chance at scoring a basket. To get the ball back Team B has one of two (2) choices:
Team B Chooses To Foul
By choosing to foul in this situation, Team B stops the clock from ticking and forces a player on Team A to shoot free throws. If the free throw shooter misses, Team B can get the rebound and try and score. If Team A makes only one (1) free throw, yes the score is now:
- Team A: 73 points
- Team B: 70 points
Deciding To Foul
A team should factor in the following when deciding to purposely foul: