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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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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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Game Management

barack_obama_basketballI had the opportunity to work with a sophomore referee recently. He did a great job but was almost sent to the dark side before the game by a coach that wanted an edge. We knew both teams were undefeated and evenly matched so we diligently watched the layup lines before the game. The coach from Team A comes over and says politely, “I haven’t had you two before, but for some reason, the referees assigned to this tournament don’t listen to me.” My partner responded. Coach A says, “I am the Tournament Commissioner”. My partner responded. Coach A gives a bad example about whether referees should stop a game to allow a player to tie his/her shoe. My partner is about to respond when I say, “It may be timing. A referee may not be able to immediately answer your question during a game but we will do the best we can today” and I walk away.

Rejoined by my partner, I can see animosity building and I say, “Let it go. The coach is just trying to get an edge by insuring an ear”. I then work the tightest first half I can. At halftime, my partner and I critique the first half. I say to my partner, “The best way to manage a coach that feels they aren’t being listened to is to give them nothing to complain about”. I cite a play from the first half and how we handled it. The second half, we are close to and clear on every call. Whistles, mechanics, rotations and game administration are sharp. In the end, it was a two-point game. Neither coach appreciated the hard work my partner and I put into the game but neither coach complained about a single call we made. Game Management.

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Scoring Made Easy

Recently, I watched an athletic High School girl grab a bunch of rebounds and not score during a game. She played most of the game but only took 3-4 shots. We wound up in the same elevator after the game. I said, “You don’t shoot enough”. She said, “They never pass me the ball”. That was true, but it was also true she never made herself available. She always set up on the weak side. The shots she took didn’t have a chance of going in. She allowed the defender to stand between her and the ball. She was generally “out of position” and not a factor in the game. How do you make her a better scorer?

Run the Floor: You need to get in rebounding and shooting positions before the ball is available. Hustle to where you think the ball is going to be.

Offensive Rebounds are your friend. Get lots of them if you can and score immediately. You are 3-10 feet from the basket.

Defensive Rebounds should be rewarded.  Run the floor. Get into position. Look to get the ball back.

Positioning: Use footwork to get where you want to be. Flash to open positions rather than fight for them. Create clear passing lanes in front of or to the side of the ball handler about 10 feet away. Make eye contact with the ball handler. Give him/her a passing target.

Face the Basket: Once you get the ball, immediately face and square to the basket prepared to shoot. This is the Triple Threat position.

SHOOT: Don’t hesitate.

Blast: Go right past your defender. Get your head and shoulders past him/her and “pin” them by stepping just outside of his/her foot.

Sweep: Firmly hold the ball on one side of your body and strongly bring it to the other side. Complete the move by shooting or stepping into a jump shot or drive.

Fake: Head Fake, Ball Fake, Jab Step – these moves will freeze the defender or cause him/her to move or lean in the wrong direction giving you the opportunity to take a shot.

Step back: To create a little space so you can get a shot off.

Pass: Why? You have worked hard to get in position. Passing is the most dangerous part of a play. The pass itself doesn’t get you a score and the ball can be tipped away or stolen.

Be Part of Every Play: Work hard on every play. Don’t be the last person up the court. The shot will be taken before you ever get there.

Make Your Shots: Nothing is more frustrating than someone missing an easy shot. If that’s you consistently, you won’t get the ball. Become a good shooter. Your teammates will have greater confidence in passing you the ball!

Fight Frustration: You will feel the ball handler should have passed you the ball more often. If you do the things above, you will.

cv_avitar_fb scoring-made-easy pdf

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5 In 5 Daily 10-28-16

  1. A1 is attempting a three point try and is poked in the stomach by B1. The official calls an intentional foul on B1. Is the official correct?
  2. A1 is attempting a three point try and is fouled by B1. The try is successful. The official calls an intentional foul on B1. The official(s) administers one free throw and gives the ball to team A for a throw in. Is the official correct?
  3. The official(s) lines up both teams for 2 free throws for an intentional foul. Is the official correct?
  4. A1 takes a three point try and is fouled by B1. The try is successful. The officials calls an intentional foul on the play. A1 is given two free throws with no one in the foul lane. Team A is given the ball for a throw-in nearest the spot of the foul. Is the official correct?
  5. A1 has the ball for a throw-in when B1 reaches across the line and fouls A1. The official calls a technical foul. A2 takes two free throws and the ball is given to team A for the throw-in at half court opposite the table. Is the official correct?
  1. ref-cbarryYES 4-19-3-c
  2. NO 10-6-11 penalty 4
  3. NO 10-6-11 penalty 4, 8-1-3
  4. YES 7-5-4-b
  5. NO 4-19-3-e, 9-2-10 penalty 4,  8-2,

William Modeste, NYSUBOA Interpreter
Jim Paull, IAABO Board 42 Interpreter

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