Basketball Violations


A violation in basketball is called on any player who breaks or violates a rule of the game defined in the league rulebook. All violations are called by the referees and can differ within different levels of basketball. It is important to know the violations as a player and coach as taking fouls or committing violations can hurt a team. Some teams foul on purpose at the end of the game in the hopes the other team will miss their free throws and give their own team a chance to come back in the game.

Types of Violations In Basketball

Time Violations

Time violations mainly revolve around the game clock and shot clock but can inhibit other factors as well. Time violations are generally considered mistakes that teams should not make and generally hurt a team when they occur. The following are time violations:

Dribbling Violations

Dribbling violations occur when a player does not follow the regulations designed for dribbling. Even the smallest violation can be identified and leads to a foul.

Other Violations

Some violations do not have to do with the clock or dribbling whatsoever. Some involve interference with a shot or basket or kicking the ball. The following are also violations in basketball that can occur:

Related Glossary Terms

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