Flagrant Foul Basketball

Basketball Flagrant Foul

Like most sports, the rules of basketball are designed to keep players safe by punishing rule breakers. Some of the most severe infractions in basketball are those that constitute a flagrant foul. Keep reading for more information about the rules and different types of flagrant fouls in basketball.

What Is a Flagrant Foul in Basketball?

A flagrant foul in basketball is a foul assessed to any player who makes unnecessary, unsportsmanlike, or excessive contact with another player. The result is a player foul and a team foul, and the opposing team is awarded possession of the ball and two free throws.

Flagrant fouls are fruitless for a team to commit when attempting to intentionally foul since they give the other team free points and the ball back, which is why players have to be careful keeping contact on intentional fouls to a minimum. They also are considered unsportsmanlike and detract from the spirit of the game.

Flagrant 1 vs. 2

There are two types of flagrant fouls in the NBA. A flagrant 1 is any foul as a result of contact that is deemed unnecessary or unsportsmanlike, while a flagrant 2 includes the excessive classification. If a player is given a flagrant 2 foul then they are automatically ejected from the game, whereas a flagrant 1 only calls for an ejection once a player has been called for two of them. Both flagrant 1 and 2 fouls will usually result in a monetary fine and can sometimes lead to a suspension.

Technical Fouls vs. Flagrant Fouls

The difference between a flagrant and technical foul is that technical fouls are usually not related to basketball play but instead result from actions that violate the spirit of the game. Technical fouls are often assessed for unsportsmanlike conduct, which can involve illegal contact, but can also entail infractions like wasting time, using inappropriate language or gestures, or arguing with officials. Flagrant fouls, on the other hand, are always in regard to the amount of contact and the force applied by the offending player during play. Flagrant fouls are also less common than technical fouls, with around five times more technical fouls handed out than flagrant fouls each season.


What are common ways to get a flagrant foul called in basketball?

Flagrant fouls are called when a player uses unnecessary or excessive actions to harm or interact with another player on the court. Whether it was intentional or not, if a player endangers another to a larger extent than a simple bump, they can be called for a flagrant foul. Players who get in fights or intentionally harm another player will get a flagrant foul and can often be ejected from the game.