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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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In Position Officials Camp

basketball-referee-clip-artMay 5-6, 2018
SUNY Purchase
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Camp Director: Chris Kelly
Head Instructor: Joe Vaszily
Staff Update:
Jon Levinson
Rachelle Jones

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: chriskelly317@gmail.com

Go to MAGBO.nyc for registration information

Reserve Your Spot TODAY!

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In Position Officials Camp


In Position Officials Camp
May 6-7, 2017
Pace University
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570

Camp Director: Chris Kelly
Head Instructor: Joe Vaszily
Special Guest Clinician(s):
Jon Levinson (May 6 & 7) and TBD

-Click logo above for link to more info-

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How to Get into College

4448838433_a76ca5ae78_oThere are 4 minutes left in the game. You are down by 10. What do you need to do to win?

  • Play like you want to win.
  • Make good choices.
  • Take and make good shots.
  • Play GREAT defense.
  • Inspire your team mates to play harder.
  • No one wins by their self.

How to Get into College


  • Your Homeroom teacher needs to know
  • Your Counselor needs to know
  • Your Employer needs to know
  • Your Coach needs to know
  • Your Mother needs to know
  • Your Father need to know
  • Your Girlfriend needs to know
  • Your Friends, especially, need to know

You need to go to school everyday

  • You need to pass all your classes
  • You need to get 85 or better in most of your subjects
  • You need to do your homework –  Real Homework
  • You need to study regularly

You need to research colleges and universities

  • You need to know what you want to study
  • You need to know where to study it


  • Not someone looking for a good time
  • Not someone dodging work
  • Not someone avoiding baby mama drama
  • Not a political activist


  • You must work hard as a STUDENT AND an ATHLETE


  • Academic, Athletic or Financial Aide
  • You can earn it yourself

You need to know what you want to be!

Want to be more than a Professional Basketball Player. On average, careers are less than 5 years. You can make a lot of money in 5 years, but what do you do for the rest of your life?

Life & NYB How To Get into College  pdf includes the basketball pdf Game Knowledge

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Life & NYB – Relationships

It is the championship game. You have the ball and a 1 point lead with 24 seconds left, no time outs, both teams are in the bonus. One of your teammates needs 3 points to win the scoring title. What do you do?

There are some options below. Think about them carefully. Your decisions will be based on your Relationship to the team, the coach and the players. You may want to skip to the bottom and read the definition of relationship before you answer!

  • You pass the ball to your teammate who needs three points.
    • TRUST
  • You keep the ball away from your teammate that needs three points.
    • No TRUST
  • You keep control of the ball and do not take a shot until time runs out.
  • You wait until there is 8 seconds and you pass the ball to the teammate that needs three points.
    • CHOICE

The Good of the Individual versus the Good of the Team.

What is more important? Always?

YOUR GOOD versus His/Her Good

Consider work – Consider relationships

Happiness and Selfishness

Can the two things coexist?

RELATIONSHIP: the way in which two or more people or things are connected: Connection,  association,  link

TRUST: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something: Confidence, belief, faith

LOYALTY: a strong feeling of support or allegiance: Duty, dedication, commitment

SELFISH: lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure: Inconsiderate, thoughtless, uncaring

Life & NYB – Relationships is part of a discussion series designed to make better people and players. Click the link for the handout and the accompanying Fast Five from the Foul Line Drill.

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