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. 

Continue reading 4 Things You Should Know About Darell Garretson

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

Joe Crawford: The Quest for the “Right” Officiating Style

We like Joe Crawford. Pretty much. He is definitely one of the greatest referees and the nicest guys ever. We love to talk to him, so sometimes we ask this and that. And share what we find out.

With you.

Let’s begin the season with one part of our last talk. More of them coming soon! Continue reading Joe Crawford: The Quest for the “Right” Officiating Style

This March Madness: Root for the Ref!

For hoop fans eager to embrace a bona fide March Madness underdog, this could be the year to finally do the unthinkable: root for the referee.

Unlike some of the tainted if successful programs run by conniving coaches featuring pampered if talented athletes, the referees actually represent virtues fans can whole-heartedly and unreservedly admire. Their mission is to administer fairness in a cutthroat environment where both sides are ceaselessly angling for an edge. Standing up for noble principles in the face of derision and abuse, the ref would seem to be exactly the kind of stalwart figure, the fearless sheriff laying down the law in Tombstone territory, that Americans normally applaud. Continue reading This March Madness: Root for the Ref!

A Tribute to the Longest-Tenured NBA Official

Inspirational stories about Dick Bavetta – 40 years in the league

Being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame is arguably one of the greatest achievements anyone can accomplish after long-time involvement in the game we love. Ordinarily, this honor is reserved for players and coaches, but Dick Bavetta’s officiating career was anything but ordinary. As a crowning moment of his 4-decade long work, he joined an elite group of the NBA’s finest officials after his selection to the Hall of Fame in 2015. Continue reading A Tribute to the Longest-Tenured NBA Official

How to Lead a Pre-Game

One of my dear readers sent me this email the other day.

“I am the crew chief on a game this Thursday night.  High level […] game between two previous number one ranked teams […] (both were ranked number one at some point this season[…]).

My situation is that my partners on this game are 2 senior officials, one of which does primarily university men’s games.  As crew chief, I will lead the discussions regarding the pre-game and of course, engage my partners in this discussion. I expect them to participate in this important discussion. Continue reading How to Lead a Pre-Game

Your Biggest Enemy on a Game

Lots of referees hope their game will be easy. They think when there is a substantial margin between the teams, they have an easier job. Most of the times they are wrong. While a tied game seems more difficult, players have to focus on the game when they are head-to-head.

And when one team is losing by 30 points, they have nothing to lose. What’s more, they are frustrated! Continue reading Your Biggest Enemy on a Game

Steve Seibel: The Humble Power

On a hot summer afternoon in Antalya, Turkey, I had the chance to have a half an hour privately with undoubtedly one of the best referees in the world. Steve Seibel blew the whistle on FIBA Americas Championships, World Championships, Olympic Games. He was the crew chief of the final of the 2014 FIBA World Championship. Continue reading Steve Seibel: The Humble Power