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Video Library

  • Big12Video

    An inside (video) look at how the BIG 12 officials prepare and critique themselves before and after games.

  • bobdonato

    Learn some great tips for working the LEAD position in a two- or three-person crew… from staff writer, Al Battista.

  • DunkIssue

    Watch this video of a missed dunk … and make the ruling … does the goal COUNT or should the teams CONTINUE play?

  • wiredup

    Listen in as top college officials use preventative officiating techniques caught on camera.

  • EuroStep

    Watch this video of the Euro Step and you decide if this new technique is “within the prescribed limits” of movement or should be ruled a traveling violation.

Focus on Mechanics

  • 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.

  • 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...]
  • whistleimage
    This is a reprise of an article written by Al several years ago … that is definitely worth reading prior to each and every year. [Ref60 Editor]  As the new year is [Read more...]
  • firsthorn940w

    After the first warning horn it’s time for the crew to get back to work. Know your responsibilities in a two and three person crew.

  • 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...]

Focus on Rules

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • StallTactic

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

  • scorebooks

    Three minutes before the high school game starts, the head coach of Team B adds one name to the squad list and is assessed a technical foul. Just before the officials are ready to administer the first technical foul, the scorer informs the referee that two Team B designated starters are not starting. Should you assess another technical foul … or just one? What’s your ruling?

  • 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?

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