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Strong Signals Can Defuse

Reporting fouls to the table is a time to project strength and believability. Your signal should lend credibility that you stand by your call...

Second Nature

The first thing most of us do in the morning is look at our alarm clock, watch or phone. When we look at our...

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...

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...

You Are Already ‘There’

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...

Use Both Scorers to your Advantage

Editor’s note: This article specifically mentions high school examples. NCAA M/W require two scorers, unless one is acceptable to the referee (2-1.1.b). I have been...

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...

5 Minutes with J.D. Collins

Hometown: Hartford City, Ind. Experience: NCAA national coordinator of men’s basketball officiating; former coordinator of officials for the Mid-American Conference and Summit League; former consultant...

What Coaches and Referees Actually Agree Upon

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

A Guide to Enforcing the Three-Second Violation

If there is one rule many officials are loath to enforce, it seems to be the three-second violation. For them, ruling a three-second violation carries the...

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