Basketball Pushing Rules

Basketball Pushing Rules

Pushing in basketball is an offensive foul. The foul is called when a player with the ball pushes a defender, presumably hoping to move by the defender.

Offensive fouls

Pushing a player when you have the ball results in an offensive foul. This is counted as a personal foul. If a player collects too many personal fouls, they foul out and can not play in the remainder of the game.

What Happens Following a Pushing Foul?

If an offensive pushing foul is committed, possession of the ball is awarded to the defensive team. The ball is inbounded near the spot of the foul.

Is it Okay to Push Lightly in Basketball?

Technically, you are not supposed to push at all in basketball. However, it is unlikely that you will be called for a pushing foul if it is very subtle.


Flopping occurs when a player purposely falls over or fakes an injury with the hope of drawing a foul. Players might pretend to be pushed by falling over after they get slightly pushed.