Rule on Being fouled shooting at the wrong basket


The FIBA rules have defined how points are awarded for an own goal.

Article 16.2.2

If a player accidentally scores a field goal in his team’s basket, the goal counts 2 points and shall be recorded as having been scored by the captain of the opposing team on the playing court.

NCAA Men's Basketball rules are a bit more detailed in this regard (emphasis mine).

Rule 5 Article 4

When a player scores a field goal in the opponent’s basket, it shall count two points for the opponent regardless of the location on the playing court from where it was released. Such a field goal shall not be credited to a player in the scorebook but shall be indicated with a footnote.

So it looks like an own goal is worth two points only, irrespective of the location from where the ball was released.

PS: NCAA uses the term 'opponent's basket' while FIBA uses the term 'his team's basket'. This is down to the definition of own and opponent's basket which...

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After the opening tip, a player shoots at the wrong basket, nailing a “trey” from beyond the arc. Score three for the opposing team?


Yes. A three-point shot is a three-point shot


No. The opposing team is awarded just two points for a wrong-way basket


No points. The opposing team gets the ball; the offending player is embarrassed enough.


A player stuck under his own basket throws the ball up thru the net and over the cylinder, and it falls back through. Score the goal?


Yes, as long as the offensive player didn’t touch the net


No. A basket can be scored in only one direction — from above.


Yes, but only if it’s a “swish.”


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A shooting foul can only occur when trying to shoot at the basket which will increase your own team's score.

Therefore, if you were somehow shooting at your own basket and got fouled, it would be the same as a normal non-shooting foul. You would not get free throws unless you were in the "bonus".

If you actually made the basket, I think it would be waved off because it is a foul on the team who the score would go to. So just as a basket does not count when an offensive player commits a charge (or other offensive foul), a "wrong-way" basket would not count when the defending team has committed a foul.

In fact, this is the most likely way that your scenario would occur. Player goes up for a rebound, is fouled and makes the ball accidentally go into the basket. Foul would be called with "no basket".

Here is the official definition of a "Field Goal Attempt" from the NBA (

A field goal attempt...

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Assuming there's no delayed backcourt violation (delayed not by rule, but by the officials not realizing it occured in the confusion), the ball became dead immediately upon the foul (not in the act of shooting, since a try means attempting at one's OWN basket), so any basket, if made, would not count. This foul, if called, would count toward the bonus and the fouled player would be awarded bonus free throws if his or her team was in the bonus. Since you said this is "after halftime" (i.e. right after), that's not likely, so we probably go with a spot throw in with the officials telling them which way to go!

Guys, if this happens and you had a backcourt violation (either by over and back or 10 seconds), and you just didn't realize it until after the foul occured, I would strongly suggest you enforce that, which wipes out the foul. Remember, contact is ignored during a dead ball unless intentional or flagrant.

One off-shoot from this: what mechanic (i.e. course of...

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In basketball, free throws or foul shots are unopposed attempts to score points from a restricted area on the court (the free throw line; informally known as the foul line or the charity stripe), and are generally awarded after a foul on the shooter by the opposing team. Each successful free throw is worth one point.


Free throws can normally be shot at a high percentage by good players. In the NBA, most players make 70–80% of their attempts. The league's best shooters (such as Steve Nash, Rick Barry, Ray Allen,...

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The rules of basketball are the rules and regulations that govern the play, officiating, equipment and procedures of basketball. While many of the basic rules are uniform throughout the world, variations do exist. Most leagues or governing bodies in North America, the most important of which are the National Basketball Association and NCAA, formulate their own rules. In addition, the Technical Commission of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) determines rules for international play; most leagues outside North America use the complete FIBA ruleset.

Original rules

In January 15, 1892, James Naismith published his rules for the game of "Basket Ball" that he invented:[1] The original game played under these rules was quite different from the one played today as there was no dribbling, dunking, three-pointers, or shot clock, and goal tending was legal.

The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands. The ball may be batted in any direction...
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You got to know the rules to break them.

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THE DEADLIEST SIN. Basketball' s most severe rules infractions are labeled fouls, of which there are two distinctly different types: (a) the personal foul, involving illegal player contact with an opponent, and (b) the less frequent technical foul, which is an infraction of the game' s administrative rules by a non-player or a player without player contact on a live ball or with player contact on a dead ball. The best example of a technical foul involving nonplayers in recent years has been the two-shot penalty leveled against coaches displaying improper bench decorum.
PERSONAL FOUL. For all its enforcement complexities, a personal foul is simply anything that violates basketball' s no-contact principle: holding, pushing, tripping, charging into or physically impeding the progress of an opponent, even laying a hand...

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The rules of basketball, thankfully, are fairly straightforward. However, for the younger players, some rules can be easily forgotten. The three-second rule addressing how long an offensive player can be in the key before clearing out is a good example.

Once you have taught the rules of the game to your team, there is a simple...

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we need to know if the player dribbled prior to the release.

If the player dribbled before the release and:

1. The ball hits the opponents backboard = Illegal dribble

2. The ball hits the opponents rim and the player is the first to touch = Travel

3. The ball hits the opponents rim and another player is the first to touch = pass(legal play)

If the player did not dribbled and jumped before the release and:

1. The ball hits the opponents backboard = Travel

2. The ball hits the opponents rim and the player is the
first to touch = Travel

3. The ball hits the opponents rim and another player is the first to touch = pass(legal play)

If the player did not dribbled and did not jumped before the release and:

1. The ball hits the opponents backboard = Legal play
the player may continue the dribble or recover the ball
and shoot or...

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Unusual Plays and Situations Archive

This page lists game situations and questions submitted by members with rulings and comments from the ABOA training staff.

Play: A1 gets the ball and dribbles towards his opponent's basket (Team B's) and takes a 3-point shot at Team B's basket and is also fouled. The shot goes in. How do you score it and how do you administer the foul?

Ruling: No basket. Penalize as a common foul. No free throws awarded, unless the bonus is in effect.

Comments: A ball thrown at the wrong basket is not considered a try, and by rule becomes dead immediately when the foul occurs. The player shooting at the wrong basket is also not considered in the act of shooting.

Play: Is slapping the backboard (and causing it to vibrate) permitted while legitimately attempting to block the shot?

Ruling: Legal play

Comments: The official must decide if it was a legitimate attempt to block the shot. If the slap was deemed...

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Take a look back at some of the rules changes that have taken place over the years.

(Changes/clarifications implemented prior to season, except where noted)

Initial Rules
• 60-game schedule followed by championship playoffs involving the top three teams in each division.
• Games are 48 minutes long.
• Players are allowed six personal fouls.
• Every time you scored, the other team is given possession of the ball.
• Zone defenses are allowed.

• Zone defenses outlawed on January 11, 1947.

• Player fouls allowed per game increased from five to six.
• Maximum roster size reduced from 12 to 10 players per team.

• After a free throw is made in the last three minutes, there is a jump ball (between the player who committed the foul and the player fouled) instead of possession for the team that committed the foul.
To eliminate deliberate fouling and...

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