Team fouls in basketball: What are they, and how many does each team have in each game?

Team fouls in basketball: What are they, and how many does each team have in each game?

Fouls are essential in the game of basketball, and they give a group time to strategize and protect the players from bad injuries. It is almost impossible for a basketball game to end without at least one foul. So, what are team fouls in basketball and what counts towards team fouls?

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Julius Randle reacts after a foul was not called against the Indiana Pacers as he walks away from referee Lauren Holtkamp at Madison Square Garden on January 11, 2023, in New York City. Photo: Elsa
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There are personal, and team fouls in basketball and the different types carry different repercussions as they are not of the same weight. Read on and learn about the different basketball fouls and how to count team fouls in basketball.

Team fouls in basketball

A team foul in basketball is when a side concedes a certain number of personal ones during a specific period in a game. A personal foul is when a player from one side makes an illegal play towards the other side’s player. A certain number of personal fouls lead to a team one.

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Wenyen Gabriel( White) fouls Joel Embiid( Blue) during the second half of a game at Arena on January 15, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Sean M. Haffey
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So, how many team fouls are there in basketball? Each side is allowed only four bad plays per regulation time, either in each quarter or half. If a group exceeds this number, the conceding group is penalized, and the other side is given a free throw attempt plus another penalty free throw.

Team fouls in NBA and FIBA basketball are reset to zero after every quarter. That means after a side has exhausted their side’s dangerous plays, they get more chances after the quarters. After the team fouls are finished, the opposing side gets a free throw, no matter the type of foul conceded.

Also, if a side has not conceded a team foul and conceded two in the last two minutes in the NBA, there is an exception to the rule. Therefore, the other side is awarded two free throw bonuses.

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Domantas Sabonis reacts after teammate Malik Monk drew a foul in the second quarter at Golden 1 Center on January 09, 2023, in Sacramento, California. Photo: Lachlan Cunningham
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In NCAA basketball, team fouls are reset after only the half-time break, that is, after the first two quarters. This is also the case in high school basketball. It should also be noted that personal fouls are not reset after any period in the game.

How many team fouls are in college basketball?

In the NCAA, the other group gets an and-one bonus when a side concedes seven bad plays in one half. The opposing side gets two free throws if the side fouls surpass 10. A free throw accrues a point.

Team fouls in basketball rules

To get a team foul, they must concede between 5 and 7 personal fouls on their players. Each team is allowed a certain number of team fouls in a period. Personal fouls are not reset after each period. What do 5 team fouls in basketball mean? After five dangerous plays, a side is either awarded a free throw or an and-one. The rules differ from league to league.

How many team fouls are in high school basketball?

In high school, a side is only allowed seven in one half. After that limit is reached, an an-one is offered to the opposing group. The opposing group is given two free throws if the side gets to ten. These are important, especially in a game and might be the game decider.

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Tyrese Haliburton #0 of the Indiana Pacers reacts in the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 11, 2023, in New York City. Photo: Elsa
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Most team fouls in an NBA game

The Indiana Pacers have this record they set on November 24th 1949. The side committed 60 illegal plays, which have not been matched to this moment. The Syracuse Nationals come in second with 52 dangerous plays.

What are the five types of fouls in basketball?

Despite the sides wanting to play a clean game, sometimes they concede unwanted fouls. Most of these illegal plays happen when the group is on defence, and offensive fouls are very rare. There are five types of fouls in basketball, namely:

  • Personal happen between two players, especially when a physical altercation occurs.
  • Flagrant happens when violent conduct is termed dangerous and does not involve the game.
  • Technical happens when unsportsmanlike conduct may involve unruly behaviour towards the referee, opponent or fans.
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Spencer Dinwiddie reacts after being called for a foul during the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Center on January 07, 2023, in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Sam Hodde
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These are the major types of dangerous plays in a game. Other minor fouls include:

Types of fouls
Illegal screen
Loose ball
Reach in

Team fouls in basketball might be unfortunate for one side, but the opposing group benefits whenever a certain amount is reached. Several personal fouls make the team foul, while several team fouls lead to a free throw or an and-one which might help the opposing side win. The rules for the penalties depend on the league, from the NBA to the NCAA to high school games. Many dangerous plays are conceded when the teams are in defensive mode, trying to get the ball back, especially when the players of one group are frustrated.

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