Once an offensive team crosses half court with the ball, the court is essentially cut in half for the offense. The half court line now acts almost like an out-of-bounds line, but only for the offense. Only if a defender knocks the ball back across half court is an offensive player then allowed to legally enter the back court with the ball. The ball is considered in the front court only when the offensive player with the ball has both feet over the center line. So, if a teammate is already in the frontcourt(both feet and the ball over half court) and passes to a teammate who is not yet legally in the frontcourt, then that is a backcourt violation.
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