Basketball Team Fouls

What is a team foul? How many team fouls can a team get? Get ready to learn about team 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 team fouls.

Team Fouls

A team foul is a foul given to the entire basketball team when a player commits a foul. All player fouls count towards a team's team foul count.

Basketball Team Foul

Penalty Situations

There is a limit to the number of fouls a team can commit before the rewards for the opposing team start to improve. This is called a penalty situation.

There are two (2) types of penalty situations in basketball:

We will learn all about the bonus and double bonus later in this chapter.

Inbound pass

If a foul is called on any player and his team is not in a penalty situation (bonus or double bonus), then the other team gets the ball with an in-bound pass.

Resetting Team Fouls

Does a team's foul count ever reset? The total team foul count is reset at the start of the 2nd half in the NCAA basketball and every period in NBA basketball.

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