- Ways to Improve:
I- “ Get in the Rule Book.
B. Make games. For example the matching game. 4-29 and 9-4 in NF, both relate to kicking violations. Read a rule and match it with a case book play.
C. Create a study group.
D. Concentrate on the basics.
E. Make a Rule Test for each section of the Rules.
F. Start a Video Case Book.
G. Keep of journal of plays that happen in a game.
II- Work on Your Physical Fitness:
1. Time yourself in the mile.
2. Do interval training on a treadmill.
3. Drink more water. 60 ounces a day.
4. Eat healthier.
III-Uniform and Appearance.
1. Have no wrinkles or your jersey or pants.
2. Make sure your pants fit.
3. Make sure your shoes are cleaned and polished.
4. Make sure your hair is brushed and well kept.
5. If you are bald, make sure your head is cleanly shaved.
6. Make sure you are clean shaven.
7. Make sure your practice basic hygiene.
IV- Fundamentals in the Trail.
1. In the trail position get side line oriented and then work to get angles. Start at the 28 foot mark.
2. Officiate with a “Big Picture Mentality” in the trail position.
3. In the trail position you have to-fight to get open looks.
4. In the trail position you have to officiate where the Lead cannot.
5. In the trail position you have to assist with weak side rebounding.
V- Fundamentals in the Center.
1. Start at the free throw line extended.
2. When the ball is high, be “1” step low.
3. When the ball is low, be “1” step high.
4. Officiate where the Lead cannot.
5. Officiate curl plays and cutters.
6. Officiate weak side rebounding.
VI- Fundamentals of the Lead:
1. Start at the “3” post up mark and then adjust.
2. Be careful of getting to tight when a drive is coming at you.
3. Rotate with a purpose and find reasons to rotate.
4. On drives to the basket, pick up secondary defenders as quick as possible.
5. When going from T-L, find the last defender or the defender that can hurt you the most.
6. Officiate Strong side rebounding.
1. Know your clock(s).
2. Know Penalty scenarios.
3. Know when a team is in the bonus.
4. Know your match-ups.
5. Have substitution awareness.
6. Know AP Scenarios. ( NF, NCAA, FIBA).
3. Clock Awareness.
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.