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2019/2020 NCOA Basketball Officials Calendar of Events
  • Meetings/Clinics with multiple dates, you have a choice of which date to attend.
  • Dates/Times subject to change. Keep an eye on this regularly.
  • See Official Level Requirement policy below regarding attending meeting, exams and getting games.

To receive materials (rule books, etc) you MUST pay $40 of the $80 FY2020 dues at the first meeting you attend in FY2020. No exceptions!

*** NCOA accepts Credit Card Payments for Dues ***
Basketball Official Level Requirements:
In order to be assigned to any of the 3 levels of basketball that NCOA assigns an official must meet the requirements for that level.
Failure to meet the requirement(s) for level official is subject to being paid as a 1st year official.

Jr High Basketball Official Requirements:
1) Attend Meeting/Clinic in September.
2) Pass Rules Review by Published Due Date for Jr High School Officials
3) Attend Mid-Season Meeting in January (if one is scheduled).

High School Basketball Official Requirements:
1) Attend Meeting Either in September or First One in October.
2) Pass Rules Review by Published Due Date for High School Officials
3) Work scrimmage(s) with a Trainer in Attendance.
4) Attend Mid-Season Meeting or complete Mid-Season online video review / quiz in January.

CYO Basketball Official Requirements:
1) Attend Meeting near End of November. No one is exempt this season
2) 1st/2nd/3rd Year Officials Attend Court Clinic After Meeting.
4) Pass Rules Review by published due date for Youth Basketball Officials.
5) Work 2 to 4 CYO Scrimmage Games with Trainer the Fri/Sat/Sun after Thanksgiving.
6) Attend Mid-Season Meeting or complete Mid-Season online video review / quiz in January.

Basketball Rules Review Exams

* Subject to change. Keep an eye on this regularly.

Day / Date Time Location Required to Attend
12/31/2019 11:59pm Basketball Rules Review
Last day to submit and pass basketball rules review to receive credit and move up experience level pay for remainder of the season.
Friday, November 29th thru Sunday December 1st As Assigned Various Locations in Rohnert Park CYO Training Scrimmages

FYI: For “Scrimmage Level Games” Officials will be paid $20 game.

For “Tourney” Level Games will be assigned to veteran CYO Officials and be paid $25 per game.
Saturday December 28, 2019 11:59pm Non-High School Basketball Officials
Due Date for Rules Review Exam for Non-High School Basketball Officials to meet NCOA Minimum Standards for Basketball.
Early January 2019 No Mid Season Meeting.
However, there will be a short video review and quiz.

NCOA Officials attending a 2020 summer basketball officials camp of 12 or more hours of instruction will receive an extra year of experience pay (max 12 years) and a $40 FY2020 dues rebate upon completion of the requirements for the level the official wants to be assigned at for the 2019/2020 basketball season.
Camper MUST provide a certificate of completion or a letter from the camp director to Gary Frieders to receive experience pay increase and rebate.


Basketball Training and Educational Videos (vimeo)


First lets talk about live ball play hustle:
---LEAD OFFICIALS: If there is no press going on, hustle your butt down to your end line and observe the players directly in front of you. DON'T watch the Trail official administer the throw-in and see if they do it right. We are pretty sure they can handle it. If the players in front of you are behaving, this is a great opportunity to check the clocks to see if they started properly.

--TRAIL OFFICIALS: Trail Trail Trail. There is no reason to rush onto the court and get ahead of the players. Be a sheep herder, aka shepherd, and make sure the sheep (players) don't escape and start heading backwards, thus getting away from you. You should be able to observe the dribbler and the all the players ahead of you so you are not surprised. Also, if the dribbler heads to the far sideline go with him/her and stay connected to the action around him/her.

OK, now lets talk about dead ball hustle: Any time you have to move a distance of more than five (5) steps you should be jogging to the next spot. Five steps or less - walk briskly.

1) You are in the Lead position and call a foul. After you crack, hold and communicate, JOG out to the foul reporting spot, around the players, not through them, and report the foul.
2) You are the Trail official and the ball goes out of bounds on your sideline or endline on your side and now you are the Lead official, thus crossing the court and moving to the Lead position. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, so JOG directly to your new position. Don't do a J hook.
3) You are the Trail official and the ball goes out of bounds on the Lead's sideline and you will be staying on that end of the court. As per NCOA mechanics, the Trail will ALWAYS administer sideline throw-ins, so that means you have to JOG across the court to get the ball and administer the throw-in.

These moments of JOGGING to your new spot during a dead ball will:

1) Give the perception that you want to be there
2) Show you are not lazy and just taking in the game fee
3) Shorten the overall length of the game any where between 5-minutes and 15-minutes. Last time I checked we are not paid by the hour.
4) Keep the game flowing. When the game flows, the players usually play better and there is a rhythm to the game.
5) Keep the heart rate up thus burning a few extra calories.

Evaluators, please make note of these items and make comments on the evaluations about the official's hustle or lack there of.

TAKE CARE OF THE GAME AND PLAYERS: Don't be afraid to call more fouls, if necessary, to keep the players safe and the game fun. Players start to become out-of-control when they realize officials are not calling stuff. Or coaches start yelling to get more physical. Retaliation will occur and next thing you know basketball is a second thought out there. Every level and every game is different. Make the adjustment to the level of the players and adjust as the game goes on. A foul doesn't prevent an injury but some injuries can be prevented by calling the game tighter, if necessary. If this means players are fouling out, oh well. They should have adjusted, played right and not fouled.

This doesn't mean that every little contact is a foul. If the contact causes an effect on the opponent, such as holding, pushing, displacement or non-basketball action, then is a foul. If the opponent is able to get through the contact without cause then a no call is probably a good call. If two players go down to the floor because of the contact then a foul should be called on either one of them, hopefully the right one, and then only 50-percent of the gym will be mad.

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