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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Benefits of Social Media

YouTube Training Videos

One of the advantges of the new digital era is that there is so much information available online.  Many of you have asked if there are videos available that can be used to help reinforce the concepts covered during the classroom and on-court sessions.

Desert Valley Basketball Officials Association (DVBOA) has some great training resources available on their YouTube page.  There are tons of videos for different game situations and there are many full-length high school level games so you can watch and observe how the officials rotate and their mechanics.  The DVBOA YouTube page is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/DVBOA

Additionally, there are a couple videos made by different organizations that I think are helpful.  Take these videos with a grain of salt though because every organization/association does mechanics a bit differently.  Please do not stray from what has been taught during training.

Ithaca College Basketball Training Video:
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WGVXr3dOX4

Basketball Manitoba Basketball Training Video:
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYcc3Bo7t7I

DVBOA Instructional Video on Official Positions, Responsibilities, and Mechanics
Basic Court Coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GPRe255HeQ
Jump Ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2ombZl0EvI
3-Point Try Responsibilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP_WsxJAAWs
Calling Out of Primary Area: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRh5MsTffKw

DVBOA Instructional Video on Throw-Ins
Sideline Throw-In and Subs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2xi88PgvdQ
Endline Throw-In and Subs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jDcOeeI6rw
Frontcourt Throw-In and Subs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCm_P79GHR4

DVBOA Instructional Video on Fouls, Foul Reporting, and Free Throws
Foul Reporting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYPa_mUYX6s
Free Throw Mechanics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2QWEPsLSe8
Contact Emphasis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Hz2YwK-k4

DVBOA Instructional Video on Violations
Travel and Double Coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycPz9jnvr94

If you wanted to watch a full-length game and observe what the officials do/call: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXEQ2-qYwF0

November 2015 Basketball Newsletter

Player Control and Team Control

Thursday, September 24, 2015

LFTP: Ejection of Jean Machi

You need the sound on for this one because it's a good one.  Relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox gets ejected in the game between the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays.  This game was a pitcher's duel with the score 0-0 through 6 innings.

Fast forward to the top of the 9th, the Rays are up 4-0 when the Red Sox brings in Jean Machi with one out to pitch to Asdrubal Cabrera.  With the count 1-1, Cabrera hits the next pitch out of the park for a home run.  Steven Souza Jr. is up next for the Rays; with the first pitch of the at-bat, Machi throws a pitch that sails over Souza's head.  Home plate umpire Bill Welke immediately ejects Machi.

Now that you are caught up, listen to the obnoxious fan in this clip.  Here what he's saying?  In case you missed it:
  • "Come on Blue, get a grip will ya?"
  • Hey Blue, get a grip.  We're losing, idiot!"
  • "Hey Blue, wake up Blue!"
  • "It's 5 to nothing!"
  • "You suck, Ump!"

There's a couple things to learn here:
  1. Ignore the fans.  Most of them don't know the rules or the responsibilities of being an official.
  2. Do not let the score prevent you from calling the game fairly.

Fans are not responsible for knowing the rules, that is the job of the officials.  Fans are also not impartial; impartiality is the responsibility of the officials.  Bill Welke, "in his judgement", determined that Machi was throwing intentionally throwing at the batter, which is unsporting and resulted in the ejection.

On the hardwood, when A1 (Team A, Player 1) gets stripped by B1 (Team B, Player 1) and B1 is now on a fast break, keep an eye out on A1 for retaliation.  This can come in the form of a hard foul or even worse, a two handed push in the back.  Know the game situation and administer the game accordingly.

Also, keep a deaf ear to the fans.  Do not let them "bully" you into making calls or changing your call.  There's nothing worse than hearing "3 seconds!" being yelled from the crowd and then seeing the official blow a 3-second violation.  That damages the credibility of the officials.

Lastly, do not let the score prevent you from calling the game fairly.  When one team is up 25 points, it's easy to go into "cruise control" and try to get the game over as quickly as possible.  But do not forget what you are there for: to enforce the rules and prevent injuries.  Just because the game is a blowout, does not mean that the players are not playing their hardest.  If there is a hard foul...it still needs to be called.  If the officials swallow their whistles during a blowout, it's essentially telling the players to "have at it".  Remember we need to be an enforcer of the rules and we are blind to the score of the game.