What Is Goaltending In Basketball?

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is called for goaltending as he blocks a shot by Saddiq Bey #41 of the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter at State Farm Arena on January 30, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jul 10, 2024, 2:58 PM

In basketball, goaltending is the act of illegally interfering with a shot attempt. A goaltending call generally results in the basket being automatically counted, regardless of the ball’s original trajectory toward the basket.

Different leagues have different specific standards on what qualifies as goaltending. Generally speaking, though, the following acts are virtually always called at every level of basketball:

  • Interfering with the basketball once the ball has already hit the apex of its shot arc and is cresting back down toward the basket
  • Interfering with the basketball on a layup attempt once the ball has already bounced off the backboard glass
  • Interfering with the basket itself, either by moving the rim or defending through the netting

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.