Every time an official sounds his/her whistle, players and partners will need to know where and how play will be resumed. And, the sooner they know it the better.

There are only two ways to resume play. We are either administrating a throw-in or shooting free throws.

Communication with your partners and players is paramount to a smooth flowing game.

“Blue ball, baseline!” It is such a little statement, but it plays such a big role in a smooth flowing game.

This is especially true when you whistle a foul. Dave Hall is adamant that one of the key factors to having your foul called received with confidence is to get the players going in the right direction. If players are standing around and don’t know where to go or whether or not to line up for a free throw while you are off reporting a foul, you decision isn’t going to be received with as much acceptance as if the players were already lined up or on their way down the court.

Quick concise statements after your foul call can make all the difference.

“21 that’s yours! “Blue ball end line.”

“21 that yours, 14 white shoots two.”


“Travel.” “Blue ball sideline.”

Quick and concise.

Now your partners know where they need to go and what they need to do and 10 players know where they need to go and what they need to do.

Rebound fouls often cause confusion for players because it isn’t always clear to them who the foul is on.

On rebounds, an official can sound his/her whistle and quickly announce “Blue ball.” On hearing that statement all ten players and your partner(s) know where to go and what to do.

Get this in your bag of tricks if it is not already there.

How will you get play resumed?

In the video clip below Darrel Fields one of Southern Colorado’s most experienced officials calls a blocking foul on white and then in a timely manner announces that it is “Blues ball base line.”

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