Rules of American Croquet
PART 8. OUT OF BOUNDS
The turn ends at the conclusion of a shot in which any ball goes out of bounds, except for:
a) a striker ball that goes out of bounds after a roquet, or
b) a ball that the striker ball hits directly or cannons after roqueting another ball (rule 6.2b).
A ball is out of bounds (figure 5) when its vertical axis crosses the boundary line (more than halfway over). It shall be placed nine inches directly in from where it went out of bounds, or, if in a corner, nine inches from both boundaries. If placement of the ball is restricted by the presence of another ball, refer to rule 8.3. Any ball moved accidentally while placing a ball in bounds shall be replaced without penalty.
As shown in figure 6:
a) After each shot, any ball that:
shall be placed nine inches in from the boundary line.
b) If, due to the presence of another ball, a ball cannot be placed directly in from where it went out of bounds or stopped, it shall be placed nine inches in from the line and up to nine inches in either direction the striker chooses from the other ball, but not in contact with any ball.
c) If two or more balls are sent out of bounds, or come to rest less than nine inches from the boundary, the striker shall have the option to place any ball in bounds first, with the other ball(s) measured in bounds afterwards.
d) A ball that occupies a boundary position and is not moved by another ball (except a ball in hand) retains that position. Any ball that comes to rest nine inches or more from the boundary shall retain that position. If another ball cannot be measured in because of the ball, it shall be measured in as provided in rule 8.3b.
An opponent may place the striker ball or any other ball required to be placed in bounds only if the opponent has the consent of the striker.
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