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Officiating Professionalism and Use of Proper Terminology


Keepin' It Professional!

3 Point Coverage and Mechanics (So Much Bad Info)

Why is there so much confusion around officials 3 point mechanics and signalling responsibilities on a 3 point try?



Your Facial Expressions Say a Lot...

5 Things that Will Separate You from the Average Official

Today’s post will focus on 5 key things that will separate you from the majority of average basketball officials. No one wants to be an average basketball official, yet most still fall into that category.

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Referee Positions

Practicing Free Throws

Crew Chief Position (NFHS Referee)

- Proficient in Referee and Umpire positions
- Leader of the crew, on and off the floor
- High-level play calling, partnering skills, and tools for handling any game situation, including interpersonal communication
- Understands the importance of extending into their secondary area of coverage, with accuracy

Basketball Dribble

Referee Position (NFHS Umpire 1)

- Proficient in all Umpire position requirements

- Effectively the glue for a crew through consistency, teamwork, and communication - makes partners better by carrying a larger portion of the crew’s load than an Umpire
- Capable of handling some plays in secondary area of coverage
- Ability to recognize and appropriately manage shifts in game conditions (intensity, emotions, decorum, style of play etc.)

Basketball Court

Umpire Position (NFHS Umpire 2)

- Aggressively and accurately calls plays in the primary area of responsibility
- Responsible for basic mechanics including rotations, positioning and clock and team foul awareness
- Strong rules knowledge coupled with contributions to in-game discussions/issues regarding adjudication

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Why Ball Watching is a Problem

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Regardless of what position you’re working, you have a primary coverage area (PCA) on the floor that you are responsible for. Your PCA is clearly defined in the manual. It doesn’t matter where the ball is on the court. Your responsibility is to officiate in your primary area first and foremost. 

When the ball is outside your primary, you should allow your partners to worry about the on-ball action. When you follow the ball outside of your primary you’re leaving a certain area of the floor uncovered. This can lead to problems. 

Basketball is a physical game. Off-ball action can be especially physical because players are trying to get open or get better defensive position and not get beat. Players understand that officials don’t always pay as much attention to off-ball activity, so they often try to get away with sneaky illegal tactics.

This is why it’s very important to be on the alert. Everyone pays attention to the ball, and most times, on ball action only involves 2 players (A1 and B1). If all the officials are watching these two players, who’s monitoring the other eight players?

There’s actually more going on away from the ball than on. But we sometimes get caught being a fan and turn our attention to the ball handler.

Fans watch the ball, officials focus on their primary coverage areas. 

How To Set Your Blocks

Important Information for All Officials!

Take the time to view this 12 minute video to ensure you are setting your schedule correctly...

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10 Things That Require Zero Effort:

  1. Being on Time

  2. Work Ethic

  3. Effort

  4. Body Language

  5. Energy

  6. Attitude

  7. Passion

  8. Being Coachable

  9. Doing Extra

  10. Being Prepared

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Trail Official: Get Away From The Division Line - You Can't See From There!

Article from Basketball Referees United

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53 Things

That Every Rookie (and Veteran) Should Know 

REFEREE Magazine, September 2018

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Anne Arundel County JV Mercy Rule

For AAC JV Games Only!

There is a 20-point rule for JV only.  This is the AACPS rule – not a state rule.  Here is the communication that went to coaches in the county:

Junior Varsity

  • ​Teams arrive ready to play

  • ​8 minute quarters

  • 4 minute halftime (teams remain on bench)

The running clock will occur for a 20 point differential in the 4th quarter.  The clock will stop for the following reasons in a Junior Varsity contest:

  • ​An official or team time-out

  • Foul Shot

  • Injury

The clock will not stop if the score moves under a 20 point differential.

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30 Basics of Officiating

REFEREE Magazine

If you’ve officiated for any length of time, you’ve probably heard most of these basics of our avocation before, but they bear repeating and are great points to pass on to youth or new officials.

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