Basketball Out Of Bounds
We've learned about the baselines and the sidelines. Together, these lines make up the boundary lines on a basketball court. A player is out of bounds on the court, when they step on or cross the boundary lines (baselines and end lines).
IMPORTANT: You can think of anything inside of the rectangle in the picture above as inbounds. Everything on or outside of this rectangle is out of bounds.
A player is inbounds on the court when they are inside the baselines and end lines.
Boundary Line Rules
When a player is on the court, they are either inbounds or out of bounds. The rules of boundary lines are as follows:
- A player must be inbounds to touch the game ball
- A score will not count if a player shoots a basket while standing out of bounds
- The ball is out of bounds if it touches a player, the floor, any object, or part of the hoop that is out of bounds
- Only on a throw in, a player can pass to another player who is out of bounds
Stepping On The Boundary Lines
If a player steps on any part of the boundary lines or crosses the sidelines and baselines in any way, he is out of bounds. A throw in will be used to put the ball back into play. A player must be careful not to touch the ball while out of bounds, or it will result in a turnover to the other team.
If the ball goes out-of-bounds in basketball, it is a turnover, meaning the other team gets possession of the ball. The other team has to bring the ball back into play with a throw-in. We'll learn more about turnovers and throw-ins in future tutorials.
Last To Touch The Ball
What happens when the ball rolls out-of-bounds while not being held by a player? In this case, the last team to touch the ball will lose possession. This rule also applies if the ball bounces or ricochets off of a player on the court.