The Boundary Lines
Inbounds vs. Out-of-Bounds
So what does inbounds and out-of-bounds even mean? When players are on the court playing basketball they are always either inbounds or out-of-bounds. There are rules associated with the boundary lines. For example,
- a player must be inbounds to touch the game ball
- a score won't count if a player shoots a basket while standing out-of-bounds
Touching The Lines
If a player touches any part of the boundary lines or crosses the boundary lines in any way he/she is considered out-of-bounds.
If the ball goes out-of-bounds in basketball it is a turnover, meaning the other team gets 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 chapters.
Last To Touch The Ball
What happens when the ball rolls out-of-bounds but is not held by any player? The last team to touch the ball will lose possession of the ball. This also applies if the ball bounces or ricochets off of a player.