December 4 2013
This memo is sent primarily to inform all officials
that AAs & Coaches have viewed, listened and read the topics shared
within the attached memo. All topics have been thoroughly addressed.
The expectation now is compliance and understanding by Head Coaches
and Officials realizing that each and every situation matters to and
affects both teams. Not doing so certainly does not support the
overall message - "Enforce the rules with no regard for the score of
the game, the time of the game the situations of teams, players,
Contact of all types committed by defense or offense must be dealt
with. Players and coaches will adjust.
The MPA, Schools, Coaches, Players and IAABO of Maine are depending
upon Officials to always perform in a composed and professional
Note: The Referee's duties, for this season, includes Greeting the
Announcer and inquiring if he/she has any questions regarding the
Best wishes for an enjoyable season of officiating.
MPA-Commission Opening Season Memo
The MPA-Commission Clinics the Boards review
sessions, the examinations and pre-season games have been completed.
Coaches and players have been preparing and
practicing for two weeks. Respect such preparation.
The opening games of the 2013-14 regular season are
only a few dozen hours away.
For Your Information:
All Athletic Administrators and Coaching Staffs
have been communicated with via a video clinic and memos. These
communications have included the Rules Changes & Edits, the Points
of Emphasis and Clarification of Topics requested by coaches.
All topics were thoroughly reviewed. AAs and Coaches all were
informed that all officials are expected to enforce all of the
rules. AAs, Coaches and Officials must understand and accept
that that there are high expectations of all three roles.
Topics Included In Video & Memos:
* Arm & Leg Sleeves – medical reason; both items
per player must match & each player match
* Head Coach May Enter Court When Aiding to
Prevent or Curtail a Fighting Situation.
* Time-Out….request does not guarantee time-out;
live ball - player control/ball at disposal are factors.
*Illegal Contact – defense and offense; hands,
armbars, bumping, pushing, backing out, backing down, bellying,
chesting, reaching behind to find opponent, illegal
verticality…..expect foul ruling.
* Loose Ball…..often rather than a held ball
ruling, illegal contact occurs and must be ruled as such
* Intentional Fouls…..advantageous position;
contact away from ball/play; contact to stop clock
* Coaching Box….compliance is expected by
Head Coach and Officials. No warning.
* Bench Personnel… must remain seated during
live ball; exception - stand to cheer then be seated.
* Free Throw Lane Line Spaces…. Enforcement is
* Dunking is Legal; Grasping Ring is Illegal;
Enforcement is Expected.
* Basket Interference & Goal Tending was
* Substitution….do not delay game; horn must
sound prior to official’s beckoning.
* Announcer – training needs to be in place;
impartiality is to be promoted; guest & host treated alike.
REFEREE (while at the Scorer & Timer Table)
Greet Announcer & Ask – Any Questions Regarding Rule?
|Examples: May Be Announced
||Examples: Shall Not Be Announced
|Player who scored
||Number of points player has scored
|Player charged with foul
||Number of fouls on a player
|Player attempting free throw(s)
||Number of team fouls
|Team granted a time-out
||Number of team time-outs
|Length of time-out; 30-second/60 second
||Number of team time outs remaining
|Three (3) point goal
||Emphatic three (3) point goal
|Player entering game
||Time remaining in quarter/game
||Type of foul/Type of violation
Contact Above The Shoulders (Rule Based Guidance for
A player shall not swing his/her arm(s) or elbow(s)
even without contacting opponent (a violation 9.13).
Excessive swinging of the elbow(s) occurs when arm(s)
or elbow(s) are swung about while using the shoulders as pivots, and
the speed of the extended arm(s) or elbow(s) is in excess of the
rest of the body as it rotates at the hips or on the pivot foot. It
is a violation 9.13.
Examples of illegal contact above the shoulders and resulting
1) Contact with a stationary elbow may be
incidental or a common foul.
2) An elbow in movement but not excessive is an
3) A moving elbow that is excessive can be
either an intentional foul or a flagrant personal foul.