the Board did very well on both the Rules and Manual Tests. 41 members
got 100% on the Rules Exam, with another 25 missing only one question.
45 people got them all right on the Manual Exam, with another 20 missing
only one . 24 members received 100% on both exams. The most missed
questions on the Rules Exam were #ís; 13, 7, 2, 20, 27, 31, 37, & 21.
The most missed question on the Manual Exam, for the third year in a row
was # 6, followed by #ís; 29, 19, 27, 18, 5 & 7. Of 117 members taking
the exam only 7 did not receive a score of 86% or better.
Be sure to report all technical fouls on the form found on our Boardís
website under the MEMBERS ONLY ball. When you submit this form it goes
to both myself and the Commissioner.
you find a gymnasium that does not have the proper floor markings,
please do not address it with the coaches or game administrator. Contact
me after the game and I will address the issue with the school contact
person. This way you are not put in an awkward situation or create any
Unless you deem it very unsafe, please allow participants to play with
any specialized protective or medical equipment that is designed for
their situation. Hopefully they have a medical note supporting their use
of such equipment, but we want to be inclusive. Such things as insulin
pumps etc. should be worn under the jersey. This does not circumvent the
rule of no casts or unyielding material on the arm.
may be the Referee for the first time in your officiating career this
year, have you practiced your toss ? Veterans, you need to practice the
toss just like players practice their shooting. It is something we do
not do well and need to improve on.
Referee be sure to check with the Game Administrator when you arrive at
the game site to see if there is a health care professional on duty that
night. You need to know this information so that you can determine who
will make the decision whether to allow a player demonstrating
concussive symptoms to return to the game once removed.
Things that have
been brought to my attention or observed during the pre-season.
- Remember, warnings must be
given to each team before a technical foul is called. A warning for
one team does not apply to both teams. Also, the table and offending
coach must be notified of the warning.
- The Referee shall notify the
scorer, timer and captains of the overtime procedure by telling them
that there will be a 4 minute overtime started with a jump ball, a
new AP arrow setting, each team receives an additional 60 second
time-out and the team baskets remain the same. The Coach does not
have to be in this meeting but they should be told if they ask the
- Never bounce the ball across
the lane for an endline throw-in.
- Make sure to switch on all
fouls, whether shots are involved or not.
- Lane violations involving
players along the lane, only the first violation is penalized,
whereas a violation along the lane by the defense followed by one by
the shooter or an offensive team member outside the arc/free throw
line extended constitutes a double violation. If it is part of
multiple free throws, the penalty is cancellation of the involved
free throw. If it is the last free throw then the penalty goes to
the AP arrow to determine possession.
- A kicked throw-in by an
opponent after a made basket does not negate the privilege of being
able to run the endline. If there is a kicked AP throw-in by the
defense, the throw-in team receives the ball back for the kick and
still retains the AP arrow for the next AP throw-in.
- If a team is still in the
locker room at halftime and consumes one full minute after the
intermission has ended, then the resumption of play procedure is
used to start the second half.
- During a resumption of play
throw-in, if the wrong team steps across the boundary line and picks
up a ball that has been placed down at a teamís disposal, this would
constitute a warning for breaking the boundary plane. It would not
be a technical and considered the same as slapping the ball out of a
playerís hand out of bounds.
- If players come to shake our
hands prior to the game we are not to refuse to do so. It must be a
handshake too, we are not to ďbumpĒ fists or elbows.
- Remember, correctable error
situations can be corrected if caught within the proper timeframe.
We can cancel, award or re-shoot attempts under the proper
- If a technical foul is called,
even if it involves contact on a player, any eligible player can
shoot the penalty throws for that foul, it does not have to be the
player that was fouled.
Make sure to take advantage of the Tips & Taps feature that IAABO
sends online every Monday. These are good features and have self testing
questions plus a video play each week.
pages 127 & 139 of the Manual to be sure we are using the proper
procedures at the site of the foul, presentation to the table and site
of the violation. We need to do a much better job with these duties so
that we are all consistent in our presentation, and so that players and
coaches see consistent presentation from game to game. For those of you
officiating both college and high school games make sure you use high
school signals and mechanics when refereeing a high school game. If you
cannot honor the high school game with proper signals and mechanics then
tell the Assigner that you should not work that level game.
Letís do a better job with our visual freeze after a foul is called.
Remember, the non-calling officials responsibility is to observe all
players while the foul is being reported. Letís not become oblivious to
what the players are doing during this period of time. Donít worry about
Remember, Board #111 now has a Solicitation Policy in place. Members
are not to solicit games in any manner from schools, coaches or AAís. If
an AA asks you to officiate a pre-season game or get officials for such
a game then that is OK but you should first contact the Assigner to see
if you may have those teams involved within the next few weeks of
Good luck in your upcoming games, have a great holiday season. Our
next and final clinic will be Sunday January 8 at 10 am in Room 137
Bennett Hall at U-Maine.