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Basketball Technical Fouls

What are technical fouls? What happens when a player gets one? Get ready to learn about technical fouls in basketball.

Introduction

When a player breaks the rules of basketball as defined in the rulebook for a league, the referee will blow his whistle and call a foul or violation. Fouls are called on any player or coach that performs an illegal physical or verbal action against another person on the court. Fouls give the other team possession of the ball and free throws if a team is in a penalty situation.

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There are lots of fouls in basketball, but in this tutorial we will learn about technical fouls and when they are called.

Technical Fouls

A technical foul is called on players and coaches for unsportsmanlike conduct or for technical mistakes like calling a timeout when your team doesn't have any left. Technical fouls can be called on players or coaches on the floor or on the sidelines.

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Here are some situations where a technical foul will be assessed:

  • a player or coach taunts another player or uses profanity
  • a player or coach disrespects an official in any way
  • a player physically attacks another player with his/her elbow

NBA Technical Foul Types

There are lots of technical fouls and the rules are slightly different for the NBA, college basketball, FIBA, and high school basketball.

In the NBA, the following technical fouls exist:

College Basketball Technical Fouls

In college basketball (NCAA), the following technical fouls exist:

  • Class A Technical Fouls
  • Class B Technical Fouls
  • Administrative Technical Fouls

Class A Technical Foul

In college basketball, a class A technical foul is Unsportsmanlike conduct. Class A technical fouls result in two free throws for the other team and count towards the team foul count.

Class B Technical Foul

In college basketball, a class B technical foul is called if no physical contact is made between players. Class B technical fouls result in one free throw for the other team and do not count towards the team foul count.

Administrative Technical Foul

In college basketball, an administrative technical foul is something like failing to submit a team roster prior to the start of a game. Administrative technical fouls can result in one free throw, but don't count towards the team foul count.

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