2 Stories on How to Keep Talented Referees in the Business

We all like to referee with good guys. Intelligent guys. Nice, still strong guys. Open, flexible, respectful ones. But a lot of these type of referees give up before they even had the chance to take off. Continue reading 2 Stories on How to Keep Talented Referees in the Business

Damir Javor: Modern Officiating Personified

This season, Slovenian Top Referee Damir Javor had the best season of his life in terms of nominations: in May, he officiated the memorable Euroleague Final Game between CSKA and Fenerbahçe that went into overtime. In August, he traveled to Rio for the Olympics, and lately, he worked an NBA Global Game between Barcelona and OKC.

Referee Mindset brings you an exclusive interview with him.

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Stop Thinking Too Much Will Solve Your Problems

I like young and enthusiastic referees. They want to be on the top! NOW! Even now it’s too late…

This passion leaves young people with no or very little patience. But that’s normal, so no worries, my Friend!

What you should consider is what it means to you on the court, though!

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Joe Crawford: The Legacy and More

3 FUNNY MOMENTS – MYTHS AND TRUTHS

Apart from the Duncan-issue (see down below), there are some funny and even misunderstood plays hanging around the internet featuring Joe Crawford.

We tried to shed light on three of these, asking right from The Right Man what happened. Continue reading Joe Crawford: The Legacy and More

3 Tests and 1 Exercise for Referee Career Longevity

Lebron James spends over two million dollars a year on his body. This includes personal trainers, home gyms, nutritionists, acupuncture, massages, and physical therapists

Why does he do it when he is already the best player in the league?

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5 Reasons To Be A Humble Referee

Steve Seibel said in an interview, “the more humble you are, the stronger you are perceived.”

It is not easy to see the real meaning of this sentence.

Especially when you are a young and very motivated referee. As a baby referee, you want to show that you are strong. You want to be understood and respected. Continue reading 5 Reasons To Be A Humble Referee

4 Things You Should Know About Darell Garretson

This month, late NBA official Darell Garretson joined the NBA Hall of Fame.

Few would argue that after officiating more than 2,000 NBA games, including 269 play-off and 41 finals match-ups from 1967 to 1994, there is anything left to say to justify his election into the Hall of Fame.

Besides officiating countless big games, let’s take a look at the four extras he added to refereeing that are still in use today. 

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Advanced Tips from Joe Crawford – Difficult Situations

PRE-GAME PREPARATION AND CONTROL

MANAGING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS

Basketball is a game filled with emotions. It happens just too often that some participants go beyond the line and show signs of frustration. The referees are indeed part of the game and should act as an intermediary. However, there are times when the officials need to exhibit certain strengths so that the game does not get out of control. Continue reading Advanced Tips from Joe Crawford – Difficult Situations

Joe Crawford: Advanced Tips on Improvement

ON AND OFF-COURT IMPROVEMENT FOR REFEREES OF ALL LEVELS

In a short interview published by the NBA, Joe said that the premise of officiating at any level is to

get the plays right.

In this part of our series, we explore how to actually get those plays right and how you can improve as a referee, no matter if you are a novice or a national top level veteran. Continue reading Joe Crawford: Advanced Tips on Improvement