Last Updated on: 3rd August 2023, 11:06 pm
Basketball goaltending is a violation that occurs when a defensive player interferes with a shot while it is on its way to the basket and is in a downward trajectory. This interference can occur in two ways: by touching the ball while it is on its downward path toward the basket or by touching the ball while it is above the rim and still has a chance to go in.
When a goaltending violation occurs, the offensive team is awarded two points for the basket, and the ball is inbounded from the baseline. If the violation occurs during a free throw attempt, the shooter is awarded one point, and the ball is inbounded from the free throw line.
It is important to note that goaltending only applies to live balls. If a player touches the ball after it has hit the rim or backboard and is no longer in a downward trajectory, it is not considered goaltending. Additionally, goaltending does not apply to shots outside the three-point line.
Overall, goaltending is a violation that can significantly impact the outcome of a basketball game. Players and officials must understand the rules surrounding this violation to ensure fair play and accurate scoring.