As our conference season moves into February I want to discuss specific points that we must stay focused on through the remainder of the season. It is important that the style of play not dictate how the game is to be called. The game must be officiated by the rules as written and the players and the coaches must adjust.
1. We must be in position to see clearly whether there are fouls on REBOUNDS. Remember rebounding fouls may be over the back fouls, undercutting fouls, or shoving fouls. SEE THE WHOLE PLAY AND NOT JUST THE END RESULT. Hold your whistle and officiate possession/consequence on all rebounding fouls. Be consistent on each end of the floor.
2. During the game contact is not necessarily a foul but contact that disrupts the RHYTHM, SPEED, BALANCE, OR QUICKNESS of an offensive or defensive player is a foul. Do not let body bumping and hand checking disrupt movement. Make sure you allow offensive players the opportunity to START, DEVELOP, AND FINISH plays to the basket.
3. Post play must be address early in the game and must be called the entire game. Make sure you do not let an OFFENSIVE player dislodge a legal defender to gain an initial position. Conversely, if the OFFENSIVE player is legally posted up DO NOT ALLOW the defender to shove, displace, or “pull around” a legal post player.
4. We must officiate screens more accurately. First of all make sure you are in the proper position to see if the screen is legal or illegal. If the screener is LEGAL do not allow the defender to run through the screen. If the screen is legal the defensive player must stop on contact and go around the screen. Likewise, do not allow the screener to move on the screen. The screener must be stationary.
ADMINISTRATIVE/DEAD BALL SITUATIONS
I believe this is an area that we can do a much better job. Communication is extremely important when addressing this subject. You must constantly communicate with your partners as you officiate the game. Remember just because you are aware of a situation doesn’t mean your partners are. Below is a “sample” list of issues I have had to address with both officials and coaches thus far this season that fall under the heading administrative/dead ball situations.
-Know how many players are on the court. Make sure you do not put the ball in play with 4 or 6 players.
-Be aware of the foul count. This will save you the embarrassment of standing on the sidelines ready to put the ball in play and then discovering that you are in bonus.
-Know where the ball is going to be put in play after a foul is called. Remember to put it in play at the nearest spot on a foul or violation.
-Know what the time is on the clock. Look up before and after you put the ball in play to make sure te clock has started or stopped appropriately.
-When talking to the scorers table DO NOT let either coach or their assistants stand next to you. Make sure they stay in their bench area.
-After a timeout is called do not let players on the bench run out to midcourt to “greet” their team as they come off the floor. Make sure that players on the bench stay in the bench area when time out is called.
-If a delay of game warning has been given to one of the teams make sure you communicate that with your partners BEFORE play is resumed.
-The head coach must stay within the bench area at all times. There have been too many times this year that a coach is coaching from midcourt. This is unacceptable. When this happens remind the coach that he must stay within the bench area. After a reminder if the coach continues to coach outside the bench area give him a warning. Finally, if he continues to coach outside the bench area a technical foul should be called. Remember to treat each coach fairly and equally. Address this situation in the first quarter so that it does not become an issue in the fourth period.
-If a player runs by the scorers table and fails to report because they are excited and the clock hasn’t started please escort the player back to the table and give him an opportunity to report in. (Preventative officiating).
-Know when you are in the one and one and also when you are in the double bonus.