In this tutorial, we will learn what a personal foul is and how to avoid getting called for one in basketball.
Illegal Physical Contact
- hold an opposing player
- push an opposing player
- run or charge into an opposing player
- impede the movement or progress of an opposing player using your body (i.e. arms, forearms, legs, body)
Personal Foul Rewards
If you get called for a personal foul on the court, the other team will either get possession of the ball or free throws depending on the team foul count. If your team is in a penalty situation, you will get one or two free throws depending on the foul count.
If you get called for a personal foul on a player that is shooting the ball, they can get up to three free throws. This is called a shooting foul, and it depends on where the shooter is on the court when they take the shot.