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.
The Black Caucus of IAABO. originated at the Fall Convention of IAABO that took place in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987. In Jimm Paull’s room at the Colony Square Hotel were Jimm Paull (Bd #42), Buddy Keaton, and Ken Jordan (Bd #37) from New York City, Henry Hailstock and Willie L.A. Jones (Bd#12) from the Washington D.C. area, Dr. Kenneth Walker (Bd # 84) from Rhode Island area and Past President of IAABO, Danny Doss (Bd #225) from Virginia.
May 5-6, 2018
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
Camp Director: Chris Kelly
Head Instructor: Joe Vaszily
Look ahead to next year. Do you want to work more high school basketball games? Do you want to learn NCAA women’s 3 person mechanics? Do you want to start on the path to college officiating? Do you want to have a quality schedule? What are you going to do to get assignors to notice you? Attending camp is one of the best ways to further develop your officiating skills thus improving your chances to meet your goals.
In Position Officials Camp will be held during the weekend of May 5-6. It will run in conjunction with the LI Lightning Challenge Basketball Tournament held at SUNY Purchase.
This is a teaching camp. Your mechanics, positioning and game management skills will be assessed and evaluated by an experienced clinician. You will be given valuable guidance on what steps you need to take in order to better your officiating competence. Your camp fee includes, but is not limited to: on court instruction, observer feedback, camp T-shirt.
If you need further information please contact: Chris Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to MAGBO.nyc for registration information