A lateral or onside pass is one thrown, handed, knocked, batted or fumbled by a player parallel to or in the direction of own Dead Line.
A player shall be considered onside in relation to a team mate in possession of the ball, if not closer to the opponent's Dead Line than such player in possession.
The point at which the ball is caught, strikes another player, an official or the ground, or goes Out of Bounds, is the factor that determines whether it is a lateral or an offside pass, regardless of the direction in which it goes afterwards.
A lateral pass striking the ground is not dead and may be recovered by either team without penalty.
When a lateral pass goes Out of Bounds in the Field of Play, the ball shall be put in play by scrimmage at a point 24 yards in from the point where the ball went Out of Bounds.
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