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Basketball Foul Out

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Basketball Fouls

A foul is called on any player or coach who makes an illegal physical or verbal action against another player as defined in the rules of basketball. When a foul is made, the other team will either get free throws or ball possession, depending on the team foul count.

Basketball Player Fouls

Whenever a player commits a foul in a basketball game, the referees give them a player foul. Player fouls are a running total of fouls that each player has made in the game.

Resetting Player Foul Counts

A player's foul count will never reset in a game. If a player accumulates too many player fouls, they will be benched or even foul out.

Basketball Foul Limits

There is a limit to how many fouls players and teams can commit in a game before the consequences get greater. Fouling too many times can result in a player being over the limit and fouling out. It can also put a team in a penalty situation. Being in a penalty situation results in the opposing team getting foul shots every time they get fouled.

Basketball Fouling Out

If a player reaches the foul limit, they must leave the game. This is called fouling out. The foul limit is different for the NBA, college basketball, and high school basketball.

Coaches will often pull their players out of the game before they reach the foul limit. This allows the coach to put the player back in the game if they really need them. If the coach leaves them in and they foul out, then that player is no longer an option for the rest of the game.

Basketball Foul Out

NBA Foul Limit

In the NBA, the foul limit is six player fouls per game. A player is considered in foul trouble once the player gets to four or five fouls. They will likely be benched for a while to avoid fouling out.

College Basketball Foul Limit

In college basketball, the foul limit is five player fouls per game. Players are also disqualified if they commit two technical fouls or one flagrant foul. Once a player gets three or four fouls they are considered to be in foul trouble.

High School Basketball Foul Limit

In high school basketball, the foul limit is five player fouls per game. Players are also disqualified if they commit two technical fouls or one flagrant foul. Like college basketball, a player is in foul trouble if they get to three or four fouls.

Types of Fouls in Basketball

There are lots of fouls in basketball. There are personal fouls, technical fouls, shooting fouls, and flagrant fouls that all count as player fouls and team fouls. All types of fouls committed by an individual player count towards their personal foul count.


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