While basketball officials are supposed to be prepared for any situation that develops, it’s rare to find one who hasn’t been rattled or intimidated at least momentarily. What separates a referee from an umpire is how the referee handles surprises. Look to crew members for additional information to get those early rulings correct and keep the game flowing smoothly.
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Al Battista is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of basketball rules at all levels. In addition to this, he is a well-known clinician and observer of officials. Currently, he is Maryland State and Board 12 Interpreter for scholastic basketball. He has served as an officials’ observer for the NBA and WNBA and is currently the NBA chief scout for officials in the Northeast USA.