Dead Ball Foul

A dead ball foul in basketball is usually called when the whistle has been blown and the ball is considered dead and a foul is committed after the fact. Dead ball fouls can come under any foul category providing the foul has been called whilst the ball has been dead. The most common type of fouls to occur whilst a ball is dead is a personal foul, or a technical foul.

What is a Dead Ball in Basketball?

A ball is usually considered dead in basketball when play has been stopped for whatever reason, or it is out of bounds.

Balls can be considered dead when:

  • The referee has called a foul
  • The ball is out of bounds
  • A foul shot has been attempted or another one is about to be attempted.