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Basketball Shooting Fouls

Basketball Shooting Fouls

Not all fouls are created equal in basketball. Each foul is different and comes with a unique set of consequences for the team that commits it.. A personal foul is called on any player who makes illegal physical contact with another player on the court.

In this tutorial, we'll learn what happens when a player commits a personal foul on the player that is shooting. These are called shooting fouls.

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Shooting Fouls

When a defensive player makes illegal physical contact with the shooter while he is shooting the ball, it's a shooting foul. Shooting fouls always result in free throws for the other team regardless if the team is in a penalty situation. Shooting fouls count towards a team's foul count and the player's individual foul count. Fouling too many times can result in a player fouling out.

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Types of Shooting Fouls

There are different times when shooting fouls occur:

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Shooting Fouls During Three Point Shots

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If a defensive player fouls a shooter from beyond the three-point line, the other team is awarded three free throws, one for each point they could have made if the shot went in the net.

Even if the player misses the shot, they still get three free throws.

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Shooting Fouls During Two Point Shots

If a defensive player fouls a shooter from on or inside the three-point line, the other team is awarded two free throws, one for each point they could have made if the shot went in the net.

Even if the player misses the shot, they still get two free throws.

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And One

And one is a slang term in basketball that describes when the shooter makes the shot while they are fouled by a defensive player. It's called an and one because teams get two or three points on the shot in addition to possibly getting more points on the free throws.

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FAQ

When do basketball players get three free throws?

A basketball player can get three free throws if they are fouled by the defense while taking a three point shot. The defender essentially took away the chance of scoring three points, so the shooting player gets a chance to make those three points back with free throws. Even if they made the original shot, they will still get the free throws if they were fouled while taking the shot.

How many fouls can a player commit before being ejected?

Individual players are only allowed to commit a certain number of personal fouls before being ejected from the game. Committing shooting fouls adds to this count. In the NBA, once players commit 6 fouls, they will be ejected from the game and cannot play for the rest of the game. For high school and college basketball, the number of fouls allowed is 5.

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