Out-of-Bounds Play

Referees may review any out-of-bounds play that occurs in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and last two minutes of overtime when they are not reasonably certain as to which player caused the ball to go out-of-bounds.

Officials may conduct an instant replay review whenever they are not reasonably certain as to which team should be awarded possession after a ball becomes out of bounds or whether an out of bounds in fact occurred during the last two minutes of regulation and the last two minutes of overtime period(s). ┬áPreviously, officials could only use replay if they weren’t reasonably certain as to which of two players on opposing teams caused the ball to become out of bounds.

In addition to determining which player caused the ball to go out-of-bounds, referees also look to confirm whether:

  • The game clock expired before the ball went out-of-bounds or the amount of time to put on the clock,
  • A 24-second violation occurred before the ball went out-of-bounds,
  • An 8-second backcourt violation occurred before the ball went out of bounds, or
  • Any unsportsmanlike acts or unnecessary contact occurred.