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Basketball Violations

What is a violation in basketball? What the types of violations that can be called by referees? Here's a summary and list of all basketball violations.


A violation in basketball is called on any player who breaks the rules of the game defined in the league rulebook. All violations are called by the referees and are slightly different for high school basketball, the NBA, college basketball, and FIBA.

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Types of Violations In Basketball

There are lots of violations in basketball, but we've grouped them into related categories below.

Time Violations

All time violations revolve around the game clock, shot clock, timeouts, the backcourt, and paint.

Basketball Time Violations Summary

You can learn more about time violations with Basketball Time Violations.

Dribbling Violations

All dribbling violations revolve around dribbling, movement, and pivoting

Basketball Dribbling Violations Summary

You can learn more about dribbling violations with Basketball Dribble Violations.

Other Violations

All other violations are listed here.

You can learn more about goaltending vs. basket interference with Basketball Goaltending.

Related Glossary Terms

Here are some glossary terms you should review related to basketball violations.

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