Basketball Officiating

Official Discretion

In the first half closing seconds of a hotly contested game in front of a boisterous home crowd, visiting player A-1 steals the ball from B-1 near mid-court and dribbles quickly to the basket trying to score before time expires.

During A-1’s power drive — an apparent premature horn is heard and a startled A-1 launches a shot that caroms off the backboard.

The official closest to the action blows their whistle and it is quickly determined the errant horn did not come from the scorer’s table, but from the rambunctious student section of the home team, who are now enjoying their moment in the spotlight.

February 2, 2017 // 6 Comments

Get A Leg Up On Kicking

The question before the committee – that being you and your partners on the officiating crew – is whether the official was correct in granting the timeout to Team A when A-1 gained possession of the ball by securing it between their legs.

January 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

Wide Eyes in a Three Person Crew

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

January 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

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