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Old Sat Jan 14, 2023, 12:40pm
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Foul reporting mechanics

Itís been a few years since Iíve called games, but Iím wondering if something has changed on reporting fouls. Iíve noticed an increasing number of officials donít move to the reporting area when reporting fouls, use both hands when signaling the number, donít verbalize the call, and in some cases donít even signal the type of foul. Has something changed with the mechanics and I missed it?

Doubting that anything has changed, I find myself oscillating between anger at what appears to be laziness and sadness from what Iím sure is a lack of training and lowered standards from what Iím sure is a byproduct of the manpower crunch, which I fully acknowledge Iíve contributed to by stepping away so I could be a parent and not have to choose between accepting assignments and watching my children play.

I guess my question is twofold: Has anything changed on the mechanics? And if not, is the community here seeing the same issues I am and have a different take?
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Old Sat Jan 14, 2023, 01:34pm
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Two-Hand Foul Reporting ...

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... use both hands when signaling the number ... Has something changed with the mechanics and I missed it? ... Has anything changed on the mechanics?
2017-18 NFHS Basketball Comments on the Rules

Officials to use two hands when reporting fouls (2-9-1): Officials will now use two hands to indicate to the scorer the number of the offender. The right hand of the official will give the tens and the left hand of the official will give the ones. If the number is 32 the right hand would show the scorer the three and left hand would show the scorer the two while verbalizing 32. Both hands of the official are shown to the scorer at the same time.

Two-Hand Foul Reporting (Rule 2-9-1 Signals)
•The Official will move to the designated reporting area on the floor.
•Make sure that you have the attention of the scorer prior to giving the numbers.
•Indicate the color of the jersey for the player who fouled.
•The Official shall report fouls to the scorer by using two hands to display the jersey number of the person who committed the foul.
•The official’s right hand will indicate the first digit of the number or the tens and the left hand will indicate the second digit of the number or the ones.
•The official shall extend the arms shoulder high towards the table to display the numbers.
•The digits of the number should be displayed at the same time.
•When reporting, the official shall verbalize the number as twenty-four not two-four.
•The scorer will view the number in a left-to-right sequence.
•Indicate the type of foul using the proper signal.
•If one, two or three free throws are to be attempted, indicate the number of free throws by using one hand.
•If the team is in the bonus for the seventh, eight of ninth foul, indicate the bonus situation raising both hands and display a raised index finger on each hand.
•If the foul is a team control foul, after the official signals the specific type of foul, the official will turn and signal such … indicating no free throws will be attempted.
•After reporting and if no free throws are to be attempted, the official will turn from the table and indicate the throw-in spot to resume play.


Reporting area, verbalizing the call, and signalling the type of foul hasn't changed.
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Old Sat Jan 14, 2023, 02:51pm
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Nothing has changed except for two-handed reporting.

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Old Sat Jan 14, 2023, 05:04pm
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Relaxed Mechanics ...

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... officials don’t move to the reporting area when reporting fouls ...
Here in my little corner of Connecticut, we all go to the reporting area for our local IAABO board commissioner assigned interscholastic (varsity high school, junior varsity high school, freshman high school, and middle school) games, however, many that work other types of games (recreation, travel, AAU, etc.), often assigned as multiple games (doubleheaders, tripleheaders, etc.), will often use "relaxed mechanics" that often include no switching on every foul and not necessarily going all the way to the reporting area (just break away from the players to be easily seen by the table).

When in Rome ...
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Old Sun Jan 15, 2023, 02:13am
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I care more about how officials report, rather than where they ultimately get to. The purpose of foul reporting is ultimately to give information to the scorer. Yes officials have to get to a certain area to properly do this, but I am often concerned when watching officials do they give concise signals and report what actually happened.

I guess we all have our peccadillos.

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Old Sun Jan 15, 2023, 12:09pm
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First, thank you for the mechanics update. This may be my last year any of my sonís play basketball so Iíll probably end up in a camp or two to address what Iíve missed.

I think part of why this bugs me is that one of my first partners drilled in to me that the little things matter. He never made me feel bad about my judgement calls. Question them, yes but from a spirit of growth. He said judgement comes with time, but the little things are what show professionalism and helps build credibility. The game that finally pushed me to ask was my sonís middle school game this weekend. Admittedly itís a lower level and probably newer officials, but both officials were reporting fouls from the end line in a couple of cases while holding the ball with players surrounding them lining up for free throws. I could the scorer was having difficulty keeping up with it at times.
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Old Sun Jan 15, 2023, 12:46pm
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... middle school game this weekend ... probably newer officials, but both officials were reporting fouls from the end line in a couple of cases while holding the ball with players surrounding them lining up for free throws.
Sounds like they also didn't switch on fouls either, typical of "relaxed mechanics".

For over twenty-five years I worked a Catholic middle school league. Assignments were usually double, triple, or quadruple-headers. Six minute periods. Assigner wanted games to start on the "hour", or as close as possible.

While the assigner was strict about officials uniforms (no shorts or sweat pants) and all-black shoes, officials "hustling", coach behavior, and player "fashion" uniform and equipment issues, he allowed for "relaxed mechanics". Only switch when convenient, report from the free throw line, bounce the ball across the lane, no pregame coach/captains meeting.

In no way would any of this be even close to acceptable in assignments from our high school (and public middle school) assignment commissioner. No way would one be "moving up the ladder" if evaluated while doing such "relaxed mechanics", even if just a few of them.

Bottom line, do what one's assigner expects of one.
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Old Sun Jan 15, 2023, 01:34pm
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Control the things you can control. If your partners are not doing something, might want to have a deeper pre-game about that part. Otherwise not much you can do if they are doing their own thing.

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Old Tue Jan 17, 2023, 01:09pm
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...a byproduct of the manpower crunch, which I fully acknowledge Iíve contributed to by stepping away so I could be a parent and not have to choose between accepting assignments and watching my children play.
Just wanted to say...if you're feeling guilty about your choice to step away...don't! Your reasons are yours, and good on you for putting your family first!
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