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Flopping for Fouls has Repercussions

The NBA continues to have a real problem with “flopping.” League officials recently levied some fines and penalties for “faking being fouled,” and the rampant problem...

SEE THE CALL, BE THE CALL 

Whenever you work a basketball game, it’s always a good practice to be thinking — but not for too long. Yes, it’s important to keep yourself mentally ahead...

Proper Three-Person Rotations Rely on Science and Art

As more states and officials’ associations transition to three-person mechanics, lead officials need to become more active and recognize when to rotate ball side. Gone are the days of...

Keys to Cutting Down Correctable Errors

During any game, a mistake by an official or scorer can be made. For officials marked by inattentiveness and indifference, change “can” to “will likely.” For officials working with...

Honesty Starts with Yourself

If you’re not being honest with your partners, you’re lying to yourself, too. All too often, basketball officials attempt to leave the impression that every...
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Held Balls a Haven for Off-Ball Harms

How many officials does it take to rule a held ball? No, this isn’t some type of comedic riff on the well-worn “How many (insert insult here) does...

Careful with Explanations

There may never be a game we officiate that is free from controversy, in which every call is met with agreement from two compassionate...
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NCAA Officials Share Fitness Regimens

Recently, we asked a handful of top NCAA officials from both the men’s and women’s game to share their fitness routines as they prepared...

For Basketball Officials, the Journey is the Destination

To achieve maximum personal success and productivity as a basketball official, one has to be highly motivated and have a positive attitude. Furthermore, to reach and...

The Importance Of Halftime Discussions

Imagine that the buzzer to end the first half has just sounded. The game is going to be a real barn burner. The teams are tied...

4 Marginal Call Landmines 

There you are, just cruising along in a basketball game. Everything is going smoothly, and then all of a sudden — bang! All hell breaks loose. What happened?...

Have Patience Considering Continuous Motion

“Two shots,” or “Going up!” Terms that are not used often enough. What many hear more often is, “No, on the floor!” Ask yourself what...

Officiating Loose Ball Action

There are a few rulings you can make that can affect possession. Rulings such as traveling, three seconds, loose ball fouls and illegal dribble are...

Prep for Bang-Bang Plays

Crashes should not catch basketball officials by surprise. That’s a mantra from Jon Levinson, NCAA women’s basketball secretary-rules editor, and assigner for the Patriot...

Keep Focus Sharp at the Buzzer

Most of us are well aware that bad judgment or lack of focus in the last minute of a game can destroy the other...

Cue on Defender to Officiate 3-Pointers

With the game transitioning more and more to outside jump shots and three-point attempts, officials need to focus on three separate but similar areas: Monitoring defensive players as they...

The Foundation of a Two-Person Crew

Interested in working a fast paced game where things are happening quickly, requiring you to stay completely focused? Then let’s partner together as a two-person crew for a...

Stay Home in Primary

Supervisors want officials to master the fundamentals, creating good habits and developing a consistency to their game — characteristics shared among the elite in...

No Autosave On Out-of-Bounds

One of the great things about being a basketball official is having to make quick and instantaneous decisions on many different types of plays that are happening at...

Big-Small Match-up Awareness  

The ballhandler dribbles up the court and, as the lead official, you are working to find the best possible position along the endline to officiate the play. Some...

What Coaches and Referees Actually Agree On

In any game, coaches and referees usually agree on several things:   The time of the game The location of the game The teams playing...

Team Control Is A Moving Target 

When the basketball is loose, and opponents are fighting to gain control, officials are taxed to determine team control. The difficulty often comes from the unexpected — abnormalities...

Team Officiating Beyond Out-of-Bounds Plays

Officials who are looking for a way to distinguish themselves should look no further than the topic of team officiating. The best officials at all levels have...

Ups and Downs of Jump Balls

Jump balls set the tone for the rest of the game. It’s the first action directly related to the game, and that first impression...

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