Basketball Player Fouls

Chapter 9.2

What is a player foul? How many fouls can a player get in a game? Players must be careful not to foul out in a basketball game. Get ready to learn about player 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 player fouls.

Player Fouls

A player foul is a foul given to a particular player on a basketball team when he/she commits a foul.

PRO TIP: When a player is given a player foul it also counts as a team foul for the entire team.

Fouling Out

When a player receives a certain number of player fouls he/she is no longer allowed to play in the game. This is called fouling out.

Rookie Road Basketball Foul Out Image

The limit in the NBA is six (6) player fouls for a player. In college basketball (NCAA), the limit is five (5) player fouls for a player.

Resetting Player Fouls

Does a player's individual count ever reset during a basketball game? The answer is no. Team fouls will reset, but player fouls never reset.

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