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:
- player fouls
- team fouls
In this chapter, we will learn about 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.
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.
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.