Charity Stripe

The Charity Stripe also called the Free Throw Line, is a term in basketball where the player has to shoot with their free throws in a 19-foot from the baseline. Charity means “free” and Stripe means “Throw Line” in basketball, which means the player has to take the free shot at the free shot line. However, this might be considered a foul to other players because of the low free throw shooting percentage. At this point, the player can take the free shoot without any defender.

History of the Charity Stripe

This started in the 1954-55 season of the NBA League, where they initiated the backcourt foul that causes a “three to two” attempts of free throws if the violating team committed beyond the foul limit. In 1959, Wilt Chamberlain had attempted to dunk free throws, which only led the NCAA to establish a new rule that the free throw shooters should be behind the free-throw line when they’re taking the shot. In 1979, the NBA League made an extension to make this as a flagrant foul, which caused by swinging the opponent’s elbow. In the 1982 league, this rule was eventually abolished.

When Do Free Throws Awarded to Players?

The most common case when free throws are awarded is when the player got a foul while attempting to shoot the ball. If the player misses the shot, the player will have either two free throws behind the free-throw line. The second case is when the fouling team is in a troubling situation. For example, when a team has made a number of fouls, the other team will be given free throws. In many leagues, only 4 fouls are allowed per quarter. If the player has an injury upon getting fouled and can’t make a free throw, then they can designate a bench player as a substitution to make a free throw.

How Can a Charity Stripe Determined?

The Charity Stripe is referred to as the foul shot being given or awarded to a player. This can be decided when the defensive team gets fouled by the opponent. The players can only avail of the charity stripe, but the players will line up so that the awarded player can receive the maximum of three free throws depending on the foul made by the opposing team against them. The distance of the player from the basket should be at least 12 feet away, while the distance of the backboard to the charity stripe should be at 15 feet.

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