1, Do not call across the lane at plays originating from the weak side.
2. Do not call plays curling away from you to the slot / center official. Trust the slot or trail.
3. Do not rotate on quick drives to the basket from the weak side.
4. Do not rotate on quick JS on the weak side.
5. Know the key offensive players. This will prevent you from a quick rotation if he receives the ball on the weak side. Because they are clearing, allowing him to attack the basket. He may take it to the basket, he may pull up for the JS. We do not want you rotating during that offensive sequence.
6. Do not rotate when the weak side low post player receives the entry pass. Why because if you start your rotation and he now makes a move into the lane while you are rotating , you are stacked and done. Wait to see what he is going to do. If he curls into the lane you are perfect opposite him to officiate the play. If he passes the ball out you can now rotate if needed.
7. When you do rotate, take a peek at the clocks on the opposite backboard. This will help in clock awareness . In fact on all rotations trail to slot, slot to trail take a peek at the clocks on the backboard front court.
8. Stay wide
Center / Slot.
1. Do not move towards the baseline when the offensive player drives down the lane to the basket. All players will be moving in that direction and you will get stacked on the play. Go opposite to get a lane to referee the play.
2. Now please when we say to go opposite that movement may just be a half step. All you want to do is create an angle to see the play. You create your angles, do not allow the players to create your angles.
3. When the strong side low post player receives an entry pass , be ready to referee the curl plays into the lane, coming towards you. The lead is trusting you to referee those plays. It is called team officiating. we do it, we referee our primary , get plays called correctly, and start to eliminate DW's.
4. Referee weak side rebounding. focus on the back side defender.
5. Recognize high pick and roll plays at the opposite elbow.
6. GT BI
7. When a player receives a pass in your area, pick up feet first, then go to the defender
8. Now make small movements to PA if he drives to the basket.
1. If you have a strong side drive to the basket, referee the primary defending ALL the way to the basket.
2. Usually and for the most part, when the primary defender is beat he trails the play. Right ??
3. Therefore , we know the lead will pick up and referee the secondary defender. Right. So now we have multiple defenders , defending the play at the basket. Lead has secondary trail primary. Coverage is great because we have 2 defenders in sight . We cannot expect the lead to referee both players.
4. Now if we only have a primary defender defending the play, and we have contact resulting in a foul , what is our procedure ?? Trail will allow lead to make the call, if not trail make it. Trail mindset is this. Play to basket, referee defender , contact on the play , lead has no whistle , allow him to have the first whistle , if not call the foul. This is your play, Team Officiating. We have to understand this basic concept. So when the drive begins take a step in and mentally engage the play. Lead has it great, if not trail gets it.
5. BI GT
6. Strong side rebounding
Now those are some guidelines to follow.
Now we will talk about the game :
When the ball is out of your primary area look where the defenders are. They are coached to see the ball and be ready to assist with help defense. This means you will not have a competitive match up in your primary area. Basically one official is on the ball , 2 are not.
So now you can set your eyes to the next competitive match up and help referee the play. This is called Team Officiating .. We officiate as a Team not as Individuals. So when someone tells you to allow me to live and die with the play, he is telling you he has no clue about coverage. What he should say is thanks for getting this play. That is what Team Officials do.
On transition take a peek at the clocks.
Foul time out, shooting FTS, know who the shooter is.
Ball out of bounds , time out , know can the thrower move off the baseline, or do we have a spot throw in ? Calls quality fouls on quality players. If you have an early foul on a key player , you must make sure the second one is correct. Why? Because he will go to the bench. Second one cannot be marginal.
Rebounding Plays : Now if you as a team referee rebounding plays in this manner our rebounding will be the same on both ends.
1. Referee the back side player first and foremost.
A. If contact is from the rear and the ball is knocked out of bounds by that player, go with the out of bounds call. Consider the back side contact as no advantage. Now if the back side contact knocks the player down or it is obvious contact dislodging, call the foul.
B. If inside player grabs the rebound and receives contact from the rear and returns to the floor , no advantage play on.
C. Same as B unless contact causing him to lose the ball or knocks him to the floor. Call the foul.
D. On all rebounding plays slot / center stay with the rebounder, do not see new possession and turn to advance to new slot /center position. Why because if the rebounder turns away from lead , makes an outlet pass and gets fouled you are in perfect position to see the contact. Lead cannot not. Once rebounding is over no fouls , center / slot moves down the court. Make sure the rebounding activity is completed with no fouls before going into transition. It is called Team Officiating
Have a wonderful day Angelo