Was it out of bounds?

23.1. Definition

23.1.1. A player is out-of-bounds when any part of his body is in contact with the floor, or any object other than a player above, on or outside the boundary line.


23.1.2. The ball is out-of-bounds when it touches:


  • A player or any other person who is out-of-bounds.

  • The floor or any object above, on or outside the boundary line.

  • The backboard supports, the back of the backboards or any object above the playing court.

23.2. Rule

23.2.1. The ball is caused to go out-of-bounds by the last player to touch or be touched by the ball before it goes out-of-bounds, even if the ball then goes out-of-bounds by touching something other than a player.

23.2.2. If the ball is out-of-bounds because of touching or being touched by a player who is on or outside the boundary line, this player causes the ball to go out-of-bounds.

23.2.3. If a player(s) move(s) to out-of-bounds or to his backcourt during a held ball, a jump ball situation occurs.

We encourage you to pre and post game ask the Umpire-In-Charge (this is their role) how they determine this call and keep open respectful conversation with the Umpire-In-Charge