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  • 12/12/2016

    When was the last time you heard someone say, “Consider the source?” That saying has been around for as long as one can remember, but what is the value to officials?

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  • 12/11/2016

    The NFHS news release relating to rule changes stated that “……….the rule prohibiting excessive contact in high school basketball (Rule 10-6-12) has been expanded … to include post players.” In previous years, that had been a “clarification.” The new rule states, “…a player becomes a ballhandler when he or she receives the ball. That would include a player in the post position.”

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  • 12/11/2016

    From years of being around high-level Division I men’s college basketball officials, Ray Natili learned to train his eyes and “quit looking at the basketball.” It’s a mantra he now shares at camps he works at as an observer over the summer to help others improve their officiating skills.

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  • 12/10/2016

    The NFHS is continuing to focus on freedom of movement. Additional emphasis will be placed in the rulebook that demonstrates when illegal contact should be ruled on post players. The NFHS Basketball Rules Committee approved rule changes at its April 20-22 meeting in Indianapolis. The NFHS Board of Directors subsequently approved the changes.

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  • 11/24/2016

    During this time of the year, the excitement of a new season and the opportunities that it provides gives all of us a re-energized focus to apply and implement all of the offseason development areas we may have addressed over the past months. Often we find ourselves wondering: What can we do this year to better position ourselves for success? Maybe it is a new level, more games or the elusive postseason assignment you have been working toward over the last several seasons. Those who are looking to distinguish themselves in 2016-17 should look no further than the topic of “team officiating.” The best officials at all levels have the ability to know when to help the crew, game and make others around them better by doing so.

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  • 11/23/2016

    The NFHS issued five points of emphasis for the 2016-17 season. Those points of emphasis focus on a variety of different areas that officials should be aware of for each game. Below are some additional teaching points and areas of consideration officials should pair with the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee’s guidance.

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  • 6/21/2015

    Here are five preseason tips that will enable you to be successful and eliminate stress-related dawdling.

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  • 5/17/2015

    High school leaders agreed that rule changes in 2014-15 to improve freedom of movement for the dribbler have been largely successful when enforced continuously and consistently throughout the season.

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  • 4/4/2015

    Supervisors want officials to master the fundamentals, creating good habits and developing a consistency to their game – characteristics shared among the elite in the world. Those qualities are particularly important to play-calling, even more so, play-calling from primary and secondary coverage responsibilities.

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  • 1/10/2015

    There are times in a game when officials should get together as a crew. There are times when officials shouldn't get together.

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  • 1/9/2015

    If a Coach is Talking, Keep Focus, Then Communicate
    by Rob Rorke

    Excellent play-calling, mechanics and rules knowledge lead to success as an official. But even those key areas can be tarnished without prioritizing he development of communication skills as well as the effective use of verbal and non-verbal tools. Put that together and you’ve got a solid plan of attack as the basketball season gets under way.

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  • 11/21/2014

    A lot of questions came into the office during the summer regarding enforcement of the new contact rules within NFHS, so Referee checked with Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officiating education, to provide the proper interpretations.

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  • 11/21/2014

    Expect the Unexpected in the Game’s Final Minutes
    by Bill Kenney

    Most of us are well aware that bad judgment or lack of focus in the last minute of a game can destroy the other 98 percent of a fine effort. We check to make sure there are no scorebook or possession-arrow problems as we approach that critical time in a close game. But what about others? Here are some thoughts for dealing with an array of other potential pitfalls.

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