The Boundary Lines
Inbounds vs. Out-of-Bounds
So what does inbounds and out-of-bounds even mean? When players are on the field playing football 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
- if a player runs out-of-bounds with the ball, the scrimmage down ends
- a score won't count if a player catches the ball out-of-bounds
Touching the Lines
In high school and college NCAA football, a player that catches a pass needs to only have one foot inbounds when catching a pass for it to count. In professional NFL football, a player needs both feet inbounds when catching a pass for it to count.