Basketball Illegal Use Of Hands

Basketball Illegal Use Of Hands

Illegal use of hands in basketball refers to when a player slaps or otherwise commits a foul with their hands against the opposing player. This can happen on offense if a ball handler uses their free hand to push off a defender or on defense if they are trying to stop an offensive player from shooting, passing, or dribbling.

Basketball Illegal Use of Hands

What Counts as Illegal Use of Hands?

Basketball is supposed to be a low to non-contact sport, since no player is supposed to touch any other player on the court in a purposeful or harmful manner. So, when a player uses his or her hands to stop a play or move toward the basket and past a defender, a foul is called. Here are some examples of illegal uses of hands:

  • When a defender puts both hands on the offensive player
  • When the defender slaps or hits the arm of an offensive player, especially when shooting
  • When an offensive player uses their arm to push off of a defender and make more space
  • When a defensive player holds an offensive player and prevents them from moving

Any of these situations occurring would call for a referee to blow the whistle and call a personal foul on the perpetrator. They can be difficult to avoid, however, because a player's hands are constantly working to prevent an offensive player from scoring or to get past a defender and score 2 or more points.


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