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Basketball Pushing Rules

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Introduction

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Flopping

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.

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