A violation that occurs when a player interferes with a shot while the ball is on its downward flight arc toward the basket after having touched the backboard , - and has a chance of going in the basket - pins it against the backboard or touches it while it is in an imaginary cylinder above the rim ; may be committed by either an offensive or defensive player.

If committed by an defensive player, the shot counts. If committed by an offense player, it is a violation and the ball is awarded to the opposing team for a throw-in. In International Basketball  (external link) play however, a defensive player is allowed to knock the ball away from the basket once it has touched the rim . ( Read more > Comments )

Spanish ~ Español - bloqueo ilegal


092808 ~ About the Goaltending Violation

Applies during a try for a field goal or free throw, or when a tapped ball is in flight toward the tap-per’s basket. The ball may not be touched while it is above ring level and has the possibility of entering the basket.

Three points are awarded for goaltending a three-point attempt. Two points are awarded the tapper or shooter when an opponent violates the goaltending provisions during a two-point attempt.

Interfering with a free throw is a technical foul. No points may be scored when a teammate of the tapper or shooter commits a goaltending violation.
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