The difference between goaltending and basket interference can be confusing to understand. You may also be confused about the difference between a blocked shot and goaltending. In this tutorial, we'll explain when goaltending vs. basket interference vs. blocked shots.
Basketball Hoop Parts
Imaginary Cylinder Above The Rim
Other examples of basket interference:
- a player touches the ball as it rolls on the rim
- a player puts his hand or part of his body through the rim
- a player touches the ball as it bounces off the backboard and is falling in the rim
- a player hangs on the rim interfering with the ball
- a player purposely pushes the ball to get stuck between the rim and backboard
- a player shakes the rim or backboard interfering with the motion of the ball
Goaltending vs. Basket Interference
Goaltending and basket interference result in the other team getting two or three points. The offense will get three points if the shot was made beyond the three-point line, and two points if the offensive player shot from inside the arc.
No points are given to a team if goaltending or basket interference was called in a team's backcourt. The ball is to the other team at the spot on the nearest sideline at the free throw line extended.
Here are examples of goaltending:
- a player touches the ball outside the imaginary cylinder when it's above the rim
- a player touches the ball as it is falling towards the rim
A blocked shot is when a defender stops the ball as it is released from the shooter's hands. A blocked shot is legal for a defender as long as the ball is not be above the height of the rim or is falling down towards the rim.