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Basket Interference and Goaltending
Basket Interference

 

Basket Interference occurs when a player:
  • Touches the ball or basket (including the net), when the ball is on or within either basket (see exception).
  • Touches the ball while any part of the ball is within the imaginary cylinder that has the basket ring as its lower base.
  • Reaches through the basket from below and touches the ball before it enters the cylinder.
  • Pulls down a movable ring so that it contacts the ball before the ring returns to its original position.

Exception There is no violation if a player has their hand legally in contact with the ball if contact continues after the ball enters a basket cylinder, or in such action, the player touches the basket.

Dunking or stuffing is legal and is not basket interference.


Basket Parts


Ball With In Basket In this situation basket interference can occur if a player touches:<
  • Ball,
  • Rim, or
  • Net.


Ball On Rim In this situation basket interference can occur if a player touches:
  • Ball,
  • Rim, or
  • Net.


Ball In Cylinder Wtih Rink as Lower Base In this situation basket interference can only occur if a player touches the ball.


Goaltending Goaltending occurs when a player touches the ball during a field goal try or tap while:
  • The ball is in downward flight,
  • The entire ball is above the basket ring,
  • The ball has a possibility of entering the basket in flight,
  • The ball is not touching an imaginary cylinder that has the basket ring as its lower base.

Goaltending also happens during a free throw attempt when an opponent of the thrower touches the ball while the ball is outside the imaginary cylinder.


Goaltending Diagram



Penalties

If the violation is at the opponent's basket, the opponents are awarded:
  • One point if during a free throw and a technical foul.
  • Three points if during a 3-point try.
  • Two points in any other case.

The crediting of the score and the throw-in are the same as though the awarded score had resulted from the ball having entered the basket. The official shall hand the ball to a player of the team entitled to the throw-in. The player is entitled to run the baseline.

If the violation is at a team's own basket:

  • No points are scored.
  • The ball is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in at the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation.

If the violation results from touching the ball while the ballis in the basket after entering from below:

  • No points are scored.
  • The ball is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in at the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation.