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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...