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Don’t Trust Your Partner

I watched a game recently and A1 took a 3 pointer from the corner. The lead official stepped out to cover the shooter and stayed with the play until the shooter returned to the floor. The trail official stepped in anticipating the long rebound and subsequently called a push in the back on B2. In between the shot and the foul call, the ball hit the rim and bounced up in the air and appeared to touch a support wire.

The crew awarded the ball to Team A on the baseline for the throw in and the game continued. I chatted with the guys at halftime and asked whether either of them had seen the ball hit the support wire on the shot in the 1st quarter. Nobody’s perfect. That’s why you have a partner. Make yourself better. Make your partner perfect.

Be mindful of those spots where hyper vigilance may be necessary. i.e., two players that have been going at it who suddenly fall behind a play. Someone may be about to throw a punch. Or a quick play on the side line, when players turn their backs, and the ball goes out of bounds. Did you anticipate and position yourself to get a good angle and make the right call? Maybe your partner had a better look? Did you look to your partner for help? We all need help sometimes. The crowd on that side probably knows who touched it last. Don’t guess and hurt your credibility.

Moral: Don’t Trust Your Partner (to be perfect}. Be prepared to cover anything and everything that may happen in a game.

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PSAL Women Officials Sullivan Games

basketball-referee-clip-artThis is a “Looksee Camp” run by the PSAL Staff and the Girls’ Basketball Assignors to have the opportunity to watch referee officiate; there are instructions on and off the court and officials will be using two (2) person.

The PSAL Sullivan Games provide an excellent opportunity for PSAL girls’ basketball officials to be observed, evaluated or re-evaluated by the PSAL Basketball Assignors, the PSAL Commissioner and PSAL Borough Supervisors. Participating officials will receive advice on ways to improve mechanics and positioning.

Who should attend?

  1. Any girls certified basketball official that wants to be considered for more work this upcoming season.
  2. Any girls’ official who improved their game since last season.
  3. Newly certified girls officials who wish to work a PSAL girls’ basketball schedule

Games are played at Queens College’s Fitzgerald Gymnasium is located just south of the Long Island Expressway on Reeves Avenue between Main Street (Exit 23) and Kissena Blvd. (Exit 24) in Flushing. Our address is 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367.

Those who are interested, please email Cornell Hampton at and time details will be send to you. The PSAL Staff and the Girls’ Basketball Assignors look forward to seeing you at the PSAL James P. Sullivan Exposure Basketball Games on Sunday, October 22, 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Cornell Hampton at 718 598 7646.

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50th Anniversary

I’m going. See you there!


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50th Anniversary Banquet

at Villa Barone June 23-8pm

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NYCGBOA Annual Banquet 2017

I had a great time at the NYCGBOA Annual Banquet!

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At the Villa Barone April 20, 2017


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NeON Basketball Championship

Sotomayor Center Bronx, NY April 2017

All Star Game 4/17/17 at 7:30pm.

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