Basketball Personal Fouls

Chapter 9.6

What are personal fouls? What happens when a player gets one? Get ready to learn about personal fouls in basketball.


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.

There are two (2) main categories of fouls in basketball:

  1. player fouls
  2. team fouls

In this chapter, we will learn about personal fouls.

Personal Fouls

There are rules in basketball associated with how players can make contact with each other.

Rookie Road Basketball Personal Foul Image

If a player breaks these rules it is called a personal foul.

Illegal Physical Contact

The following is considered illegal physical contact in basketball and will result in a personal foul:

  • holding another player
  • pushing another player
  • running or charging into another player
  • impeding the movement or progress of another player by using any part of the body

Defensive players must be careful not to make physical contact with an offensive player with the ball with his/her arms, forearms, or by making a body check.

Personal Foul Rewards

A personal foul results in either:

depending on if the player was shooting at the time he/she was fouled. The rules are also different at all levels of play for how many free throws are given.

Player Foul or Team Foul?

A personal foul always counts as both a player foul and a team foul.

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