How to be in the right position
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How to be in the Right Position to Make the Correct Call:
This referees series has been written by Bill Mildenhall, Manager, National Referees Development of Basketball Australia. Bill has been a leading referee in the NBL for the past 16 years, and has been awarded the NBL Referee of the Year 14 times
You may have associated these words when considering buying or selling real estate. In fact these words have equal significance for a Basketball Official. To get the best possible result you need to be in the best possible position. The mechanics of officiating is a system intended to help obtain the best possible position, enabling decisions concerning infractions of the rules to be made correctly.
Helpful Hints to Get the Right Position:
• Basketball officiating is always about angles.
• Officials should be striving to get a good angle on the play. Once this good angle is achieved, stop and take a look at the action, don’t leave it.
• When the players move, the referee must move as now the good angle has gone.
• Moving, does not necessarily mean running. Moving is stepping rapidly, moving one step to the right or to the left, finding the angle.
• Do not confuse moving, as just moving the head or shoulders. This will promote leaning, which is not an acceptable way to make judgements.
• It is essential that both officials stay on their toes and keep moving constantly to avoid getting straight lined (ie. viewing angles blocked by bodies of players, being in a straight linewith the players)
• The aim is to look for the gaps, look between the players.
• Move with authority, but move under control and with your eyes on your primary area of responsibility. eg. if moving along the baseline in the lead position, keep your head andshoulders turned towards the players in the key, as they are in your primary area.
• Hustle to get on top of things and to reach the right place at the right time.
• Try to be stationery when making a decision, as often judgements can be distorted when an official is still moving.
• Try to observe the whole play from the beginning to the end by getting the correct position right from the start.
• To be in the best spot to make correct calls referees need to identify what teams are trying to do and how they are trying to play.