Thursday, October 23, 2014

Power of Positioning

Here is the presentation from last night in case you missed it or didn't take notes. This is presented by Mark Lindsey (does quite a bit better at it then me). NBA Referee who is really progressing quickly. I would check him out this year if you can on TV.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


RSBQ: During this example the defensive player (#23 blue jersey) uses illegal defensive contact as he places two hands on the dribbler. As the season begins, pre-game and enforce this and similar actions as shown in the next couple of video examples to properly enforce the rules as written, while promoting a game which includes freedom of movement.

RSBQ: This is another example of illegal defensive contact, as the defensive player (#5 blue jersey) fails to beat his opponent to the spot and extends his forearm which impedes the progress of the dribbler.

Screening Action: As you prepare for the upcoming season, it is important to review the rulebook and it's guidelines as they relate to particular plays. This exercise not only helps you in your play-calling, but also will allow you to communicate effectively with coaches using proper and consistent verbiage from the rulebook. The actions by the screener (#15 red jersey) is correctly called an illegal screen, as the screener extends his left hip to displace the defender who is attempting to move around the screen.

Screening Action: This play involves multiple components which make it a great play for discussion. First, are the actions of the offensive screener (#34 white jersey) legal? By rule we know a defensive player may not hold or push through a screen using his arms, legs or body. Additionally, a screener may not position himself so close to a moving opponent which does not allow the defender an opportunity to stop and/or change direction. Following the play and during the dead ball period, the crew remains engaged and effectively separate the participating players so that no unsporting actions take place. Remember that during these situations in dead ball, it is best to have two officials separate the players and teams while one official remains outside making notes of players and numbers who may participate and require being penalized.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In Season Videos Week 1

In Season Videos Week 1

Block/Charge (Secondary Defender): During this example, the secondary defender (#11 white jersey) is able to establish a legal guarding position outside of the restricted area and in the path of the offensive player prior to the offensive player leaving the floor.  The end line replay gives great perspective from the lead position.

Dead Ball Officiating: Following the whistle for a common foul, notice the actions of the two defensive players (#25 white jersey) & (#10 white jersey).  The penalty and administration should be addressed immediately by the crew. This is an example of a need for team officiating during a dead ball period.
Game Management: Use this example to discuss game management and maintaining a high level of concentration throughout the entire game. Following a made free-throw and substitution, notice the 6 offensive players (red jerseys). It is important to make eye contact with your partners prior to putting the ball in play during these types of scenarios. This is a team officiating play, with shared responsibility from all 3 officials on the floor. In the words of one of my mentors, if your crew allows 6 on the floor, the entire city of Tyler and surrounding areas will know within 30 minutes of the game ending that your crew let 6 on the floor. Not a good conversation. Just slow everything down, count all players, and communicate.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pre Season Videos Week 2

Here are some additional videos for your review:

Team Officiating (Out of Bounds): This demonstrates the correct fundamental when we are unsure of an out of bounds play. The lead official simply raises his hand looking at the center official for help. Without hesitation the center official gives a signal using snap and command.

Team Officiating (Out of Bounds): Like the previous play, this is a correct fundamental by the crew involving help on out of bounds plays.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pre-Season Videos

Here are some videos for your review:

1.  Trail Position: In this example the trail official moves towards an initial starting position inside the 28 foot line, thus allowing the trail to stay engaged to the play as it develops at the rim.

2. Block/Charge: In this example, what do you think of the call?  Regardless of the actual call, notice how wide Lead gets to get the best look at this play. Really nice.

3. Rebounding Action: In this example, the illegal action on the backside by the offensive rebounder (#10 black jersey) forces the ball to become loose momentarily, thus a rebounding foul is correct. Continue to stay connected to these types of plays from the trail position, being ready to assist with a big picture mentality on all rebounding action. In addition, look at the trail position at the time the ball is shot and rebounding begins. Trail has to stay engaged throughout the play.

Look forward to seeing you all this Wednesday for our first chapter meeting!


Monday, January 21, 2013


TABO Members - I have updated the Absolutes, and they are a great way to simplify and remember rules and scenarios.  Review these please so you can serve well the games you are calling, as they continue to increase in intensity and importance to the post-season.  Keep learning...


* Offensive Fouls (i.e. push in the back, push off, illegal screen) - we only shoot 1-1/bonus any more on an Offensive foul during a jump ball (rare) or during a SHOT ATTEMPT. There is no Team Control on a jump ball, or after the ball has left the shooter’s hand.  Throw-in now = Team Control, no 1-1, and ball at spot of foul.

* Technical Fouls (on player, coach, admin./book errors) - always count towards Team Fouls, and therefore the Bonus.  Ensure the Table counts it as such...

* Intentional Foulsalways carry 2 Free Throws (with no one in the lane) & the ball at the spot of the foul for the offended team (Exception:  Missed 3 point attempt = 3 free throws & the ball).  So, made 2 or 3 pt shot with Int'l Foul = 2 shot + Ball.

* Fouls are always administered in the order that they occur in HS.

* Backcourt – We can never have a Backcourt Violation on an initial throw-in (throw-in exception). Mid-court line “disappears” on a throw-in, until the ball is touched.  Also, we can never have a backcourt on a back tap into the backcourt by a player from a shot.

* Time-Outs – can only be called when the ball is dead, or the ball is in player control by the team calling the time out (loose ball = no time out).  Once a timeout is granted, even if done in error, it HAS to be given.

* Fighting – Those players causing a fight (i.e. taunting), participating in a fight, or leaving the bench area (whether or not they participate) are always FLAGRANT acts = EJECTION. All ejections count towards Team Foul Total.  An attempt to hit another player IS also a fight = EJECTION.  Please review Rule 10-6  Penalties #8 - "Fighting".

* 2 Hands – on an opponent is always a foul.

* Violations – by the offense always cause the arrow to be lost on an Alt. Possession Throw-In. A foul does not cause the Arrow to be lost.

* Coaches – Respond only to QUESTIONS, and acknowledge comments as necessary (i.e. Nod head, etc). You can’t misquote silence, but remember to not ignore coaches...Easy saying, “I’ll watch it Coach

Friday, January 18, 2013


TABO Members - As district play heats up and the post-season is on the horizon, I thought I would re-visit a good video tool we promoted a few years back to help us with Respect for the Game scenarios, Respect for the Officials, and Technical Fouls.  While the goal is always to use communication techniques and warnings to prevent a technical foul (AC: "A technical foul is a tool, not a weapon"), the scenarios as you will see below demand a technical foul.

These 8-10 video clips give an excellent example of what violates certain respect principles universally and what can be applied to our game, since the HFHS and NCAA do not always give as clear a picture as the NBA does in this area. 

Please review and enjoy and check out the other areas of the "Video Rule Book" - Flagrant Fouls, Post Play, Block/Charge, etc - keeping in mind there may be slight variations to their rules and our rules:


Keep working hard to get better, and keep being open to feedback and improvement.

All the Best,