Unsportsmanlike fouls

Previously an unsportsmanlike foul could only occur if the team on a fast break possesses the ball.

Now an illegal unsportsmanlike foul can occur even if team does NOT necessarily have possession. 

If one team is on a fastbreak and/or has a clear path to the basket, any impediment by the opposing team should be considered an unsportsmanlike foul.

This type of foul is just one of many unsportsmanlike fouls. You may hear this specific unsportsmanlike foul known to as a “clear path” foul. While it is not official FIBA language, it is increasingly used among officials, coaches, players and supporters.

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