5 Play Fridays – S1 E4 – Hey Ref! What are you even looking at?

what are you even looking at?

5 Play Fridays – S1 E3 – Hey Ref! What are you even looking at? Today we’re going to look at plays going from Trail to Lead. primary coverage. primary defenders. secondary defenders. how we’re going to officiate this game in two-person mechanics of course these principles also apply to three person mechanics our emphasis today is […]

New Basketball Backcourt Rule for High School 2018! Not so fast!

new backcourt rules for high school

New Basketball Backcourt Rule for High School The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) published new basketball backcourt rule exception. A shiny looking, ‘rules exception’ about backcourt violations, but in doing so they have confused many officials. Let’s get this ‘clarification’ about backcourt rules right. The language provided by NFHS: 9-9-1: A player shall not […]

Flagrant Foul Basketball Video Fitchburg State player ejected

Flagrant Foul Fitchburg player ejected

Flagrant Foul Basketball Video – Fitchburg State player ejected The viral video of the flagrant foul committed by a Fitchburg State player in the basketball game has been viewed by millions. From the cropped view there is an impression that the referees on the game were lacking. The full video shows clearly that that was […]

Basketball Terms and Rules

basketball terms and definitions

Basketball terms and rules of the game of basketball. Basketball terms and rules are critical to understanding the game of basketball. The terms and rules are the essential elements that keep the game fair. NFHS 4-1 WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF AN AIRBORNE SHOOTER IN BASKETBALL? ART. 1 . . . An airborne shooter is a […]

Monty McCutchen: Basketball Signals and Mechanics are made in an aerobics room

signals and mechanics are made in an aerobics room

Basketball signals and mechanics are crucial to our success as basketball referees. The stakeholders in the game want the game officials to be confident and consistent. They want referees who will administer the game efficiently and with purpose.  This is what we are all about at abetterofficial.com. Monty McCutchen was considered to be at the […]

NFHS Basketball Officiating Principles – NFHS Officials Manual [2018]

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NFHS Basketball Officiating Principles are an often overlooked by basketball referees. Having a quick review can only reinforce the positive messages therein! PART 1 – OFFICIATING PRINCIPLES (NFHS)   1.0 CODE OF CONDUCT 1.0.1: Officials shall master both the rules of the game and the mechanics necessary to enforce the rules, and shall exercise authority […]

NFHS Basketball Rules Interpretations – 2018-19

The interps are out and we have some gripes! Not about the content, but of the language used to communicate them. This become ‘law’ in their nature. Why doesn’t NFHS take more care in the creation and communication? Too much to ask? Example #1 This is such sloppy language! Yes, the official shall start a […]

NFHS Basketball new rules and points of emphasis 2018-19.

NFHS Points of Emphasis 2018

NFHS Basketball new rules and points of emphasis 2018-19. When new points of emphasis are released we need to embrace what the NFHS is trying to accomplish. We also need to incorporate what’s appropriate into our game and improve our officiating along the way. when we’re looking at points of emphasis from the National Federation […]

Basketball referee get your game video via email. Proven Method!

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  Basketball Referee get your game video! Basketball Referee get your game video! The number one tool for rapid improvement as a basketball official is breaking down and analyzing game video. The first step in that process is getting your game video. That’s what we’re going to cover today. It’s important to understand have a […]

NFHS Basketball Rules Interpretations – 2018-19

NFHS Basketball Rules Interpretations – 2018-19 The NFHS Basketball Rules Interpretations 2018 have been released. SITUATION 1: A1 is dribbling the ball in frontcourt near the division line when B1 taps the ball away. The ball rolls into the backcourt where A2 is standing. A2 picks up the ball while in backcourt and starts a […]

How to Set Your Blocks in Arbiter – ArbiterOne [2018]

How to Set Your Blocks in Arbiter 2018 – ArbiterOne How to set your blocks in Arbiter is essential to any basketball official’s professionalism and accountability. A key part of our responsibility as basketball officials is ensuring that our availability is fully up-to-date. Assignors need to be confident that they can assign games to officials […]

How to officiate restricted area plays. NCAA women’s basketball [2018]

how to officiate restricted area plays

The restricted area is in effect when the player with the ball starts or moved to the basket outside the LDB. The restricted area is not in effect when the player with the ball starts or moved to the basket inside the LDB. A secondary defender is considered to be in the restricted area when any part of either foot is in or above this area. In all fast-break situations all defensive players are initially secondary defenders until they establish legal guarding position outside the RA.

NCAA Camp Teaching Points 2018 (Collegiate Women’s Officials)

I.  Proper Procedures After Calling Fouls/Violations
II. Monitor Review Reminders
III. Court Coverage/Positioning Reminders
IV. Coverage of 3-Point shots
V. Restricted Area, LDB & Help Coverage
VI. Rebounding Officiating – Get the first foul – Hooks, Holds, Hacks
VII. Free Throw Coverage and Responsibilities
VIII. Monitor Review Signal