Basketball Shooting Fouls

Chapter 9.4

What is a shooting foul? When does it happen? Get ready to learn about shooting 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 shooting fouls.

Shooting Fouls

A shooting foul is exactly how it sounds. It is a foul called on a defensive player who fouls an offensive player while he/she is in the act of shooting.

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How Many Free Throws?

If a defensive player is called for a shooting foul while the offensive player is shooting from beyond the three-point line, the fouled player will get three (3) free throws if it misses.

If a player is fouled from inside the three-point line while shooting they will get two (2) free throws if it misses.

And One

If a player is fouled while shooting and the ball goes in, their team is still awarded the points and an additional free throw. This is commonly referred to as and one in basketball.

Player Foul or Team Foul?

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

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