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Interpreter’s notes from
December 14, 2014 Clinic

Rules and Manual Tests were handed out.

The average score on the Rules Exam was 2.056 questions wrong and 1.981 wrong on the Manual. 33 members got them all right on the Rules Exam, 27 members missed one and 16 missed two. 36 members got all the Manual questions correct, with 28 missing only one and 12 missing two. 23 members got them all right on both exams.

The most missed questions on the Rules Exam were; #9(23), #2(18), #28(15), #35(12) and #’s 10 & 42(11). For the Manual Exam #8(23) was the most missed, followed by; #2(20), #9(13), #21(12), #12(11), and #’s 5,6,7 &27(10).

Problem questions on the Refresher Exam were reviewed. Those included questions #11, 12, 17, 24, 27, 33, 37, 38, 44, 49, 52, 57, 63, 64, 65, 67, 69, 73, 74 & 75. If you have any questions on any of these please feel free to contact the Interpreter.

Situations that have occurred or observed during pre-season & the first week of the season.

  • If there is a shot with the shooter being fouled or the shooter committing a foul, and then the ball lodges between the backboard & ring before becoming dead, the penalty for the foul is administered and the ball put back in play either with free throws or a throw-in depending on who commits the foul. The AP arrow is used on lodged balls only if there is no other activity associated with the situation and there is no way to determine possession, since there is no team control.
  • During a non-designated throw-in, which is preceded by a time-out, the throw-in team may request that you give them the ball on the other side of the lane. This should be allowed. They can still move the end line, but they would be allowed to be handed the ball on that side of the lane.
  • A shot going thru the basket and falling directly into the shooter’s hands, who then just sets the ball on the floor, is not considered interfering with the ball.
  • Concussion caps are legal and may be worn. There is one team in Eastern Maine that has two players wearing them. Usually there will be a note from the Commissioner in the front of the team’s scorebook saying they are approved.
  • Remember, a kick must be an intentional act and it is the entire leg.
  • Player control and team control are different fouls. They have the same penalty but different signals. The team control foul signal is preceded by the type of foul signal followed by the team control foul signal, which only indicates “no shots will be taken”
  • Under the free throw lane rule, if the defense backs up over the free throw line before the ball hits the rim, it is a delayed violation. If that defender backed up over the line and bumped the free thrower, the delayed violation would take precedent over the contact unless that contact was flagrant or intentional.
  • Casts may not be worn at any time by a player, even if covered with foam or padding. It must not be allowed !
  • Officials MUST monitor players hair during pre-game and address the Head Coach if the hair is too long. If long hair or braids/ponytail are covering more than half the number then it is too long. Be sure to follow-up and not allow the player to participate if they do not correct the situation. You are doing an injustice to officials that follow you if you do not deal with it! T-shirts also need to be monitored during pre-game and dealt with appropriately. Remember, they must be the same color as the predominant color of the uniform shirt.
  • We need to do a better job of indicating the throw-in spot on the end line, especially when it is going to be put in play on the other side of the lane.
  • Be aware of players trying to block their opponent from being able to save a ball from going out of bounds by blocking or holding them from getting to the ball.
  • Players and bench personnel may stand during 30 & 60 second time-outs. Players can only sit during 60 second time-outs, they must remain standing for a 30 second time-out. Bench personnel may not be standing during a 20 second interval of time to replace an injured or disqualified player.
  • It is very obvious that too many officials are ball watching. Eye, head and body positioning give you away ! Master your PCA and trust you partner(s).
  • As the Lead, stay wide when the ball is on your side of basket line. Your home base should be near where the 3 point arc intersects the end line. Never have to look behind you to pick up play. You can close down when the ball crosses the basket line.
  • We are enforcing hand checking pretty well now but what players are now doing is bumping the dribbler with their body all the way up the court without contacting them with their hands. This is a foul too and must be ruled such.
  • During pre-game, talk about communicating as a Crew when you reach 6 & 9 fouls on a team. This better prepares you to shoot one & one or two shots and be more ready to identify potential shooters.
  • Some courts, George Stevens Academy being one, do not have enough room in front of the scorer’s table for an “X” for subs to report to. Therefore, substitutes will wait at the side of the table to be beckoned into the game.

Dave Ames
Board #111 Interpreter