Officiating Report Card- June 21, 2011- *post-script

I forgot to share one event that stood out in last night's games-- a "NO CALL".   A "no call" is when an official makes a judgement that the contact made between players A1 and B1 was incidental and legal.   This is the hardest call to make because many coaches and almost all parents believe that any contact constitutes a foul.  "No calls" draw jeers and boos by onlookers especially when the contact involves a shooter.

Officiating Report Card - June 21, 2011

SEP Games 5 & 6 can be summarized in one word:  communication.  Like any team sport, communicating with your teammates is key to success.  As the third team on the court, my partners and I communicated from the opening tip to the final buzzer ending overtime. The referee, or the "R",  before the opening toss, established eye contact with the U1, who is near the table and "chops the clock", and the  U2, who is opposite one of the team benches.

Officiating Report Card - June 17, 2011

SEP games 3 and 4 took place last night, and what a difference two days make! In addition to absorbing Monday's critiques, I spent hours studying the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) manual - the Bible, so to speak, on officiating rules, mechanics and procedures. It was like studying for a final exam, and the pressure I was putting on myself was enormous.

At the end of the two-game set, I gave myself a B+; a big jump from Monday's grade. Why? Two reasons: partners and confidence.

Officiating Report Card - June 13, 2011

Each summer, my officiating organization evaluates non-varsity officials for potential promotion. The event, the Summer Evaluation Program (SEP), is by invitation only. Three-person crews officiate highly physical and intense boys' varsity games. We are evaluated on game management, crew/coach/player communications, call accuracy and quality, court demeanor, physical fitness, and ability to apply suggested changes. I will be evaluated over a ten game, five week period. A decision to promote me (or not) to officiate high school varsity games will be made by end of summer.

Officiating Isn't All Black and White

Sports officials need to see a game through special lenses that help them to see beyond the black and white. A mom turned basketball official says there are three things that make a really good sports official: the ability to work with other members of the officiating crew as a team, non-verbal communication skills, and the ability to learn from other officials, coaches, players, and, yes, parents.

Approaching Officials During Game: A Bad Idea for Parents and Spectators

The commissioner of an interscholastic sports league says it is never appropriate for a parent to approach a game official during a break in the action.

West Virginia Poised to Criminalize Assaults on Sports Officials

West Virginia is on the verge of becoming the 20th state to pass legislation criminalizing batteries upon sports officials.  MomsTeam contributor, Don Collins, who oversees high school sports in the San Francisco area, says the sad fact is that assaults on sports officials are all too commonplace.

Combating The Shortage of Officials in Youth Sports

There's a shortage of officials. It's not surprising that this shortage filters down to the youth level.  Fortunately, youth leagues have some special tools to fight the shortage.

An Open Letter To Youth Sports Officials

As parents we have a lot to learn about the youth sports our children play. Most of us have not played the game with age appropriate rules and therefore we are learning on the job what our children are doing on the field. Some rules are new to us and, of course, have little in common with the rules we see professional athletes use while we watch them on television.

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