Basketball Fouls

In this chapter, we will be learning about fouls in basketball. By the end of this chapter you'll understand all the types of fouls and when they happen in a basketball game.


In this chapter we will explore the types of fouls that exist in basketball, when they happen, and how many free throws teams get when they happen.

Basketball Foul

IMPORTANT: Please note that the rules of basketball are slightly different at all levels of play (youth, college, pro).


A foul is called on any player who breaks the rules of basketball defined by in the rulebook for a league. Fouls result in free throws for the other team. A free throw is worth one (1) point if it's made.

What We'll Be Learning

First we'll learn about the officials and what their jobs are on the court. Then we'll learn what a foul is. Next, we'll go into the types of fouls that exist in basketball followed by a discussion of what a penalty situation is. By the end of this chapter, you will know the types of fouls that exist and be able to determine how many fouls a team will get when each is called.

Glossary Terms

At any point, you can go to our basketball glossary and look up any of the terms discussed in these chapters. Here are all the terms we will be covering related to fouls:

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