Unsportsmanlike Foul

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36.1 Definition

36.1.1 An unsportsmanlike foul is a player contact foul which, in the judgement of an official, is not a legitimate attempt to directly play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules.

36.1.2 The official must interpret the unsportsmanlike fouls consistently throughout the game and to judge only the action.

36.1.3 To judge whether a foul is unsportsmanlike, the officials should apply the following principles:

  • If a player is making no effort to play the ball and contact occurs, it is an unsportsmanlike foul.
  • If a player, in an effort to play the ball, causes excessive contact (hard foul), it is an unsportsmanlike foul.
  • If a defensive player causes contact with an opponent from behind or laterally in an attempt to stop a fast break and there is no opponent between the offensive player and the opponents’ basket, it is an unsportsmanlike foul.
  • If a player commits a foul while making a legitimate effort to play the ball (normal play), it is not an unsportsmanlike foul.

36.2 Penalty

36.2.1 An unsportsmanlike foul shall be charged against the offender.

36.2.2 Free throw(s) shall be awarded to the player who was fouled, followed by:

  • A throw-in at the centre line extended, opposite the scorer’s table.
  • A jump ball in the centre circle to begin the first period.

The number of free throws shall be awarded as follows:

  • If the foul is committed on a player not in the act of shooting: two (2) free throws.
  • If the foul is committed on a player in the act of shooting: the goal, if made, shall count and, in addition, one (1) free throw.
  • If the foul is committed on a player in the act of shooting and the goal is not made: two (2) or three (3) free throws.

36.2.3 A player shall be disqualified when he is charged with two (2) unsportsmanlike fouls.

36.2.4 If a player is disqualified under Art. 36.2.3, that unsportsmanlike foul shall be the only foul to be penalised and no additional penalty for the disqualification shall be administered.