The Rules of the NBA F-O-U-L
How can the NBA’s major leaguers, the ones that make millions of dollars, be so ignorant of the real NBA foul rules? You ask. The answer is simple, they are paid to play that game. As a result, they never really have a chance to learn any rules, or how they should rule it. This has lead to many major mistakes and arguments among players.
There are three basic types of NBA fouls, technical foul, flagrant foul, and team foul. Each one has its own unique set of rules as well as consequences. And because the game is not always fair in every situation, there will be multiple individuals on the court at any given time. It is for this reason that the three fouls are given different names.
If you think about it, a lot of the time a player may get a technical foul because he bumped into a player during the play. If this is the case, the player might call the other guy a cheap shot, or push him or even throw an object toward the other team’s bench. The ref calls this a foul on the player, and he is forced to send a player to the floor to get checked out. But what is the official’s exact reasoning for doing so? Because the NBA has developed a complicated system of rules and overtime rules, which often confuse even the most intelligent officials.
Now let’s look at the second most common type of NBA foul: the flagrant foul. A flagrant foul is a major penalty that comes with a number of rules and consequences. First off, a flagrant foul is called when you deliberately want to hurt the other team. This means jumping over the baseline or using a jump stick, talking trash to an official, or even throwing a towel in their face.
The reason the other team ends up getting a flagrant foul is because they tried to play the game using illegal techniques. In order to call a flagrant foul, three or more of the following factors have to be present: A) The player has crossed the baseline without being touched by anyone else B) The player has been touching the floor with his hands or arms C) The contact was involuntary, like a push or steal Most flagrant fouls are called in the third quarter when the game is on a two-minute penalty. Also, if a player deliberately touches the floor with his hands, even if they are only touching one of the side courts, a flagrant foul is called. A player can also deliberately try to trip another player, by raising his or her hand in a sign that he wants to trip, or by using an illegal technique (such as bumping into someone without coming to the floor). These types of fouls usually result in a free throw bonus, and sometimes a technical foul.
Again, these fouls should not be taken lightly. They are there to call you out on your actions, and for your own sanity. Don’t take chances when it comes to playing the game the right way; always know the NBA foul rules before you play. This will keep you from getting a F-O-U-L. Good luck!