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5 In 5 Daily 10-17-16

  1. The score is Team A 80 and Team B 79 when the horn sounds to end the 4th quarter. Prior to the referee’s approval of the final score, the coach of Team A uses inappropriate language and directs and obscene gesture towards the officials. A technical foul is charged and the result of the free throws will determine the winner or whether overtime is required. Is the referee correct?
  2. Team A substitute No. 13 enters and plays the second quarter. At halftime, the official scorekeeper notices No. 13 is not in the score book and informs the officials. The 3rd quarter will start with a technical foul and possession to Team B. Is the referee correct?
  3. A1 is fouled by B1 just after the ball leaves the referee’s hand(s) on the jump to start overtime. Both teams are in the bonus. Possession is set towards the opponents basket when the ball is placed at the disposal of the free thrower. Is the referee correct?
  4. A pass, a tap or a try for field goal by A1 comes down several feet in front of the basket. The ball strikes the floor without touching any player and bounces into the basket. Two points are counted for A1. Is the referee correct?
  5. A technical foul by B1 occurs during the dead ball before the second quarter. The referee starts the second quarter by administering the free throws. The free throws are followed by a throw-in opposite the table at the division line.  The alternate possession arrow is reversed. Is the referee correct?
  1. basketball-refereeYES 5-6-2 x 4; 10-4-1c
  2. NO 3-2-2b; 10-1-2b
  3. YES 4-3-3b, 6-4-1
  4. YES 4-41-2, 4, 5
  5. NO 6-4-5; 8-5-2

NOTE: Are you keeping track of your score and average?

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

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5 In 5 Daily 9-14-16

  1. A1’s throw-in is tapped into the backcourt by A2. A2 recovers the ball in the backcourt. The official rules a backcourt violation. The other official informs his/her partner that it is not a backcourt violation. The officials resume play using the alternating possession procedure. Are the officials correct?
  2. A1 attempts a free throw which is successful.  The official scorer now notifies the official that A1 has five fouls. The official cancels the free throw and has A1’s substitute attempt the free throw. Is the official correct?
  3. While the ball is in flight on a pass from A1 to A2, a double personal foul is committed. The official awards the ball back to team A nearest where A1 was last in contact with the ball. Is the official correct?
  4. While A1 is in the act of shooting and before releasing the ball, B-2 fouls A2. The try is successful. The official rules continuous motion only applies when the player trying for goal is fouled. The official disallows the basket. Is the official correct?
  5. While A1’s second free throw of two is in flight, a double personal foul is committed. The try is successful. The official counts the free throw and awards the ball to team B for a throw-in. Is the official correct?


  1. No   4-36-2a
  2. No   4-34-3, 4-14-2, 4-34-1, 2-11, Note
  3. Yes  4-4-3
  4. No   4-11-2
  5. Yes  4-36-2b

NOTE: Have you been keeping score? 5 tests so far. If you missed one question per exam, that’s 20 out of 25 or 80%. Work harder!

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5 In 5 Daily 9-12-16

  1. The possession arrow is favoring team B but the official mistakenly awards team A the ball for the throw-in. Team A commits a throw-in violation. The official awards the ball to team B and team B retains the arrow. Is the official correct?
  2. Team A has inbounded the ball. A1 should have been awarded a one and one. The error is discovered with A2 in possession after B1 intercepted the throw-in pass but fumbled the ball back to A-2. The official awards A1 his/her one and one with no players in the lane and awards the ball to team A at the point of interruption. Is the official correct?
  3. A1 commits a flagrant foul and is taken out of the game. While on the bench A1 continues his/her unsporting behavior toward one of the officials. The official charges the head coach with a direct technical foul. Is the official correct?
  4. A1 is fouled. Team A is erroneously awarded the ball out of bounds for the throw-in. A1 passes to A-2 who is fouled. The error is now recognized. The official awards A1 his/her one and one with no players in the lanes.  Then the official awards A-2 his/her one and one with players occupying the marked lane spaces and keeps the ball in play as with any normal free throw. Is the official correct?
  5. A1 and B1 in the low post are whistled for a double personal foul while A-2 is dribbling behind the semicircle. The official awards the ball to team A nearest the spot of the foul. Is the official correct?


  1. Yes  6‐4‐5
  2. Yes  2‐10‐6
  3. No   4‐19‐5e
  4. Yes  2‐10‐6
  5. No  4‐36‐2a

NOTES: Sometimes we make mistakes (or the table does). That mistake may or may not have an immediate bearing on the game. A change of possession during a live ball may have a bearing on your actions. Read Rule 4 every week from now until the IAABO exam. The Rule 4 Definitions are the backbone of officiating. Make flashcards! Write down the situations that are more difficult or a challenge to understand.

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Better Defense

basketball defenseThe best offensive players are often great defenders. They want the ball and they use great defense to get it. They realize also they are more valuable if they are great defenders. Too often a coach has to choose between a great scorer and a great defender for crunch time. Improve your chances of being on the floor by being both. Let’s start with defense.

Better Defense

  • Keep the ball out of your opponent’s hands.
  • Overplay passing lanes.
  • Box out on offense and defense on every play.
  • Always be on the alert for a steal
  • Overplay right (to your left) as 75 % of the population is right handed.
  • Harass the dribbler into picking up the ball.
  • Close on the dribbler as soon as s/he picks up the ball.
  • Play with your hands palms towards your man always.
  • Your ball side hand should always be in a position to make a play.
  • Reach straight up and step in with the ball side hand and foot on shot attempts.
  • Jump straight up. Do not jump into the shooter.
  • Block the ball with a tap not a swipe.
  • Block the ball as the shooter releases the shot.
  • Yelling “shot” can be a distraction to the shooter.
  • Box out the shooter when s/he lands.

You  will commit a foul if:

  • You reach across your body and hit/impede the shooter as s/he begins a shot attempt.
  • You touch or hit the shooter from the wrist to the elbow on the shot attempt.
  • You hold any part of the shooter.
  • You jump into the shooter and change his/her direction.
  • You do not allow the shooter to land before you box out.

NOTE: 1 steal per quarter for a fast break and finish ups your average 8 points and the steal instantly become a “highlight” if you dunk, finish strong or nicely dime a team mate.

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How To Learn A Play

basketball pick playIt’s like learning math when you were a kid.


Picture, in your head or draw on paper, 2 dots and 3 more dots and count the dots.

There are five.

(You will remember better if you draw a picture on paper).

Picture a court on a clipboard, use a clipboard or draw a half court paper.

Draw circles for players in their starting locations.

Number the players 1-5.

Draw a dot for the ball next to a circle (player).

Draw lines ending in arrow heads for direction.

Solid lines are cuts.

Zigzag lines are dribbles.

Dotted lines are passes.

Picks are cuts with a T at the end.

Put in all the movements.

If one thing happens after another (sequence) write a, b, c to indicate what happens – 1 passes to 2 (a), 1 then sets a pick for 4 (b).

If they happen at the same time (simultaneously) make them both a’s – 1 passes to 2 (a), 3 sets a pick for 4 (a).

If the play has more than one option, draw more than one picture.

It’s important to understand the reason for movement if there is not an immediate shot or move to the basket but that should become clear as the play develops.

Do this as often as you need to until you remember the play and the options.

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