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  • IAABO guys
    As we all strive to become better at the craft of officiating, sometimes we forget very simple things that contribute to our success on the court. As former Supervisor of [Read more...]
  • NCAA Referees Gary Maxwell, and Zelton Steed take a break during a TV Timeout in Birmingham.  Photo courtesy of Garry Thompson.
    A key part of “getting the play right” is where the ball is spotted after the official makes their ruling on a violation,  a non-shooting foul or resumes play [Read more...]
  • removebeforeflight

    Like a pilot leading a pre-flight check … the referee should take control of the pregame crew discussion. Here are some tools to help with a comprehensive two and three person crew pregame talk.

  • Photo courtesy of Garry Thompson.
    In a TWO PERSON CREW during a quick transition, sometimes the ball will be deflected out of bounds by the defense on the LEAD’S SIDELINE (while transitioning). [Read more...]
  • Photo courtesy of Garry Thompson.

    There are several “best practices” that can be adopted to minimize the “bounce” effect of jumping between two- and three-person crews.

60 Second Rule Challenge

  • throwin

    During an alternating possession throw-in, the thrower (A-1) breaks the plane of the boundary line with the ball. B-1 grasps the ball and neither player can get the ball from one another. What’s the ruling?

  • bloodyplayer

    A coach removes their player from the game because of bleeding and requests a 30 second time out. At the end of this time out, the player is ready to play. Is the team required to use a 60 second timeout to keep a player in the game or can they choose to use one of their 30 second timeouts in this case? What’s your ruling?

  • StallTactic

    How should your crew handle a situation where both teams are not providing sufficient action throughout the game?

  • benchpix

    Is it possible for the visiting team to change the location of their bench based on the argument it’s located too far away from the scorer’s table, as compared to the home team’s bench?

  • Icon-round-Question_mark

    Take this NFHS quiz as you race against the clock to answer 10 quick questions in 10 minutes.

  • DoubleWhistle

    The Umpire stopped the clock with a raised open hand and signals A-1 traveled, while the Referee stopped play with a closed fist before signaling B-1 for a pushing foul. How should this be handled?

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