10 things inbounders must always consider

By Bo Ryan, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

  1. Is he or she allowed to run the baseline? (Is he or she allowed to move at all?) You may run the baseline after a made basket, a made free throw or after a defensive goaltending call. When in doubt, ask the official.
  1. Photo by Kevin Hoffman
    Photo by Kevin Hoffman

    Do not take the ball out of bounds from underneath the basket.

  1. Know the height of the ceiling, the light fixtures, the scoreboard (if the scoreboard hangs down over the play area) and any other object that may hang down over the playing area.
  1. The inbounder has five seconds to release the ball.
  1. The inbounder must know the number of time outs your team has left.
  1. Know where all the out-of-bounds markings are on the floor (if there are numerous lines painted on a multi-purpose court).
  1. How much room do you have in the out-of-bounds area? How far can you move backward?
  1. Always know the amount of time left in the game.
  1. Always know the amount of time left on the shot clock (if applicable).
  1. Always know your primary and secondary options for attacking the defense.