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...

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....

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...

9+1 Tips to Enhance In-Game Memory

How much do you remember from your last game? If someone asked you, how correctly would you be able to name the best players from each team? How often do you forget about a situation the observer tells you on the post-game? In-game memory shows an important factor in officiating....

The Power of Cooperation

There are a lot of misconceptions about officiating. I’m sure I still have some, and the one I definitely learnt in the past couple of years is that a referee is not on the game to keep order on the court. The referee is not on the game to call everything...

How To Get Up After Failure

I’ve just come home after a great tournament, U20 Men European Championship Division B in Hungary. The memories are mixed. Great people, excellent staff, some good games, more average, and 50 degrees celsius in the gym without air conditioning.

Active Mindset Wanted

Just came home from Turkey, Antalya. The place was excellent, like if people wanted to build this hotel for sports camps (and maybe they did). I was honored to be a lecturer on the 12th Referee.pl camp with referee icons like Costas Rigas, Carl Jungebrand, and Stephen Seibel.

The 3×3 Experience

Photo credit: FIBA 3×3 I didn’t know it was so cool! Really, I must admit I had no idea how great games were there! I wasn’t alone with my thoughts on the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship in Debrecen last weekend. The city hasn’t seen bold basketball teams for long, and now...

7 Habits of Exceptional Team Players

It took me too long to realise how important TEAM is for officiating. I used to compete. Compete with my peers, with players, coaches, spectators, … everyone! I knew it was beneficial for me since competition makes thing more effective and develops great referees. Since this may be true, I...