Out of Bounds- Pictorial

So when is a ball deemed to be out of bounds?


When out of bounds is defined by reference to stakes or a fence or as being beyond stakes or a fence, the out of bounds line is determined by the nearest inside points at ground level of the stakes or fence posts (excluding angled supports). When both stakes and lines are used to indicate out of bounds, the stakes identify out of bounds and the lines define out of bounds. When out of bounds is defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. The

out of bounds line extends vertically upwards and downwards.

A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds.  A player may stand out of bounds to play a ball lying within bounds.

Objects defining out of bounds such as walls, fences, stakes and railings are not obstructions and are deemed to be fixed. Stakes identifying out of bounds are not obstructions and are deemed to be fixed.


Note 1: Stakes or lines used to define out of bounds should be white.

Note 2: A Committee may make a Local Rule declaring stakes identifying but not defining out of bounds to be obstructions


Thus using the above definition of out of bounds only the ballclosest to the top of the images are out of bounds (all of the ball is outside the boundary)



Back to Index