Don’t Do Foul Shooting!

One of the many struggles that a basketball player can have, is shooting a foul ball. Normally, this would be considered a good thing, because it can serve as a temporary replacement for points that have been lost.


In a desperate move to make more points, basketball players will make the mistake of commiting fouls. Though it would be safe to say that it is an acceptable strategy to gather points, it is not really recommended.

In an effort to score more points to win the game, committing fouls can cause teams to lose their most valuable players. This is why they are not recommended.

Because team members are so hungry for points, they don’t notice that they have already reached the limit for fouls and now have to get benched out of the game and replaced by another player.

If you are an MVP in your team, and you commit so many fouls to earn points, then you’re not really helping your team.​ Keep in mind that not all free throws are considered bad; it is the act of committing it over and over that is bad.


It is better to do it moderation and stick to the normal way of scoring points which is through defense and offense, instead of foul shots because it can only get you two or three points as compared to shooting a three pointer.

​Normal scoring will be better compared to foul shots so stick to the safer route than go the dangerous path.

Fouls in Shooting Basketball

If you need a foul shot, there can often be a lot of confusing issues on whether a player is fouled in the act of shooting an actual ball through the hoop.

Generally, when a player makes contact with a shooter, a shooting foul occurs when a defensive team member has started a nonstop streak of shooting and is still in the same motion until he returns to his original position on the floor.

When going for a running shot, the motion will start when the offensive team member takes the ball while on a jump shot and continues until the release of the ball. The confusions happen via three different areas of concern, which are:


Jumping while the Defending Team Member Shoots

In certain situations where the offensive player has the ball, the defending team member can draw the ball into the air, while jumping into the defending player who is taking the shot.

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In this situation a foul is called, but if the defending team member moves to the side of the defending player, it is not considered a foul unless it is a marginal kind of contact, in which case a foul is called automatically on the offensive player, and fault of the offensive player.



When the player on the defensive team has his arms extended while guarding the ball from the offensive player in a face-to-face situation, any contact that can be made with the offensive player while he attempts to move the ball from each side between the defending players, is considered an automatic foul.

In the same situation, if the contact of the player occurs during a side-to-side movement, but before the offensive player has time to position himself in a shooting motion upward, it is considered a non-shooting foul.

if after making a side to side movement and contact is made during the offensive team members motion upward, continuation will be given and a shooting foul will be judged.


Though there will be an exception if the defending player is in a lunging position and his arms are away from the basket, but the offensive player seeks contact with his shot, there will be a non-shooting foul assessment.

Aside from all those mentioned above, if the defensive team member is positioned outside the defensive box on the lower side, and his arms are extended to his side.

But the offensive player initiates contact with the ball by extending or lunging his arms in a motion for shooting that is not directed towards the angle of the basket into the arms of the extended defending player, there will be a need for a non shooting assessment.


Shooters That Take on Fouls

If in any circumstance that he has not yet started his shooting upward motion in the time of contact, or starting his shot when the contact from the other player occurs, a non-shooting foul will be evaluated.


There will be an exception if the occurrence of contact with the pending expiration of the shot clock, a shooting foul will be evaluated regardless of whether or not a shooting motion started after or before the time of contact and within reason.

Final Words

All in all, you should only need to shoot a free throw when you commit a foul if the situation calls for it, otherwise there should be no other reason for you to keep doing it over and over to get more points. Try to earn points on your own by shooting 2 or 3 pointers.

In conclusion, fouls can be a secret weapon but only when you are desperate for points. If you do not need to score a few points from fouls to shoot a free throw, then you should steer clear of it so that you do not get benched for having too many fouls.

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