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.
Types of Violations In Basketball
There are lots of violations in basketball, but we've grouped them into related categories below.
- shot clock violation
- held ball violation (5-second rule)
- backcourt violation (8-second rule)
- paint violation (offensive 3-second rule, defensive 3-second rule)
You can learn more about time violations with Basketball Time Violations.
You can learn more about dribbling violations with Basketball Dribble 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.