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.
Boundary Line Rules
- 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.
PRO TIP: It is possible for a player to be in the air and pass the ball while out of bounds as long as he does not touch the ground with his feet.
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.