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Old Tue Dec 23, 2008, 08:08am
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Pre-game

A couple months ago, a detailed pre game was posted on here, I had printed it out and was using it before games, but a snowy night and a broken zipper on my bag leads me to needing another copy.....Can someone repost this pre game form that was on here?? Thanks and Happy Holidays to everyone and their families....
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Old Tue Dec 23, 2008, 08:25am
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I think this is probably the post you're looking for. The one(s) that I have saved are the two a the bottom of the first page of posts.

Advice on giving the Pre-game
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Old Tue Dec 23, 2008, 09:43am
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SEARCH "Pre-Game" thats what I do!
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Old Tue Dec 23, 2008, 10:17am
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If you search back far enough, Last year someone in this forum had made a vocal recording using one of the detailed pregames that were discussed here.

I Made a CD of it and still have it in my car and listen to it on my way to games..
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Old Tue Dec 23, 2008, 10:25am
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National Association of Sports Officials

They have a good one as well.
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Old Tue Dec 23, 2008, 10:25am
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Yeah, I'm lazy. I admit it. Does somebody have a link to that?
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Old Tue Dec 23, 2008, 06:01pm
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Short Pregame ...

PREGAME CONFERENCE

Leadís Primary Responsibilities
Primary coverage area. Post play. Illegal screens at elbows

Trailís Primary Responsibilities
Primary coverage area ďworks the arcĒ. Weak side rebound coverage. Drives starting in primary. Last second shot, basket interference, goaltending. Bring subs in

Stay in your primary, it must be obvious to come out of your primary. Seldom should have four eyes on the ball. If something is there that needs to be called, call it. Weíre not going to have too many double whistles if we are doing this right. Keep in mind your boundary line responsibilities and last second shot responsibilities. Put the ball in play where it goes out of bounds or where the foul is.

On double whistles, letís both hold our preliminary signal and not give a block or player control signal. Make eye contact with each other. Give the call to whoever has the primary coverage, most often the lead official, unless you definitely have something different that happened first, in which case weíll talk about it.

For out-of-bounds help, let's get it right. Come together for a change if needed. If I have no idea and I look to you for help, just give a directional signal. No need to come to me. Just point. If you don't know, give me a jump ball signal. If I signal but I get it wrong then blow the whistle and come to me. Tell me what you saw and let me decide if Iím going to change it.

On throwins, count five players each team, check the table, check the clock, good eye contact before putting ball in play. A hand up in the air by the off official means not ready.

Be consistent with each other. If I have a very close block/charge play and I call a blocking foul, then the next time you have a similar block/charge play, you should have a blocking foul. Letís try to remember what weíve called earlier in the game, and what we havenít called. Be consistent with what has already happened in the game.

Communicate at sixth and ninth fouls. We donít want to be surprised when itís time to shoot the bonus. If we know that the next foul will result in bonus free throws, then weíll be more likely to remember our shooter. Off official should help identifying free throw shooter.

Check the clock after every whistle to make sure the clock stops properly. Check the clock every time it should start to make sure it does so.

Near the end of the game, be aware of coaches calling time-outs and be sure to inform them after they have used all their time outs. Letís not put the whistles away in the last two minutes: That wouldnít be consistent with the way weíve been calling the game. Weíre not calling anything in the last two minutes if we havenít already called it earlier in the game, unless itís so blatant that it canít be ignored. If the game dictates it, let the players win or lose the game at the line. We donít want to be the ones who decide the game by ignoring obvious fouls just to get the game over. If the winning team is just holding the ball and is willing to take the free throws after strategic fouls, then letís call the foul immediately, so the ballhandler doesnít get hit harder to draw a whistle. Letís make sure there is a play on the ball by the defense. If thereís no play on the ball, if the defense grabs the jersey, or pushes from behind, or bear hugs the offensive player, we should consider an intentional foul. These are not basketball plays and should be penalized as intentional.

Discuss coaches personalities and how to manage them. Scorebook at 12:00. Coaches and captains meeting at 2:00: players properly equipped, players wearing uniforms properly, practice good sportsmanship.

NFHS BASKETBALL RULES CHANGES:
Any item that goes around the entire head (elastic strips/bands, pre-wrap, headbands, etc.) shall meet the rule requirements regarding color, maximum size, logo restrictions and team uniformity. Black and beige have also been added
During a free throw, all players will move up one marked lane space, leaving the two spaces closest to the end line vacant. A new mark (2 inches by 8 inches) must be reapplied to the lane
A maximum of one technical foul shall be charged directly to the head coach when a participant wears an illegal jersey, illegal pants/skirt or an illegal number.

NFHS POINTS OF EMPHASIS:
1. Legal Uniforms
2. Rough Play
3. Time-outs
4. Slapping the Backboard
5. Officialsí Mechanics and Signals

CONNECTICUT MECHANICS:
Point to floor for two-point field goal try when shooter has foot touching three point line.
No long switches when foul is called in the backcourt and there is no change of possession or direction.
Team members are not allowed to congregate at midcourt during introductions. Officials will direct players to free throw line area in front of respective benches.
Coaching Box must be marked. If home coach and/or home management refuse to designate coaching box with tape, the home team will not use a coaching box for that game. However, the visiting team will be allowed a coaching box. Notify Board Secretary, or Commissioner the next day.
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Old Tue Dec 23, 2008, 06:07pm
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Pregame Comments For Rookies Or First Time Partner ...

ADVANCED OFFICIATING TIPS

Coaches And Captains
Players properly equipped. Players wear uniforms properly. Practice good sportsmanship.

Leadís Primary Responsibilities
Primary coverage area. Post play. Illegal screens at elbows.

Trailís Primary Responsibilities
Primary coverage area ďworks the arcĒ. Weak side rebound coverage. Drives starting in primary. Last second shot, basket interference, goaltending. Bring subs in.

Stay In Your Primary, It Must Be Obvious To Come Out Of Your Primary
If something is there that needs to be called, call it. Seldom should have four eyes on the ball. Weíre not going to have too many double whistles if we are doing this right. Keep in mind your boundary line responsibilities and last second shot responsibilities. Put the ball in play where it goes out of bounds, or where the foul is.

Out-Of-Bounds Help
For out-of-bounds help, let's get it right. Come together for a change if needed. If I have no idea and I look to you for help, just give a directional signal. No need to come to me. Just point. If you don't know, give me a jump ball signal. If I signal but I get it wrong then blow the whistle and come to me. Tell me what you saw and let me decide if Iím going to change it.

Two-Point / Three-Point Shot
If one official incorrectly signals the number of points, the other official will simply blow the whistle immediately, discuss the play with our partner, come to a decision, signal the correct number of points to the table, and resume the game. We will only correct if we are 100% sure.

Last Second Shot
Letís let each other know when thereís less than a minute in each period. 99% of the time, the Trail will be responsible for the call. Letís both have an opinion in case Trailís not sure. How will we handle a full-court pass when the Trail is stuck in the backcourt?

Goaltending And Basket Interference
99% of the time, the Trail will be responsible for the call. Lead can help out on a quick shot in transition, when Trail hasnít made it into the frontcourt yet. Letís remember that itís never basket interference or goaltending to slap the backboard. Coaches and fans always want it, but we canít award the points.

Backcourt
The four elements for having this violation are: there must be team control; the ball must have achieved frontcourt status; the team in team control must be the last to touch the ball in frontcourt; that same team must be the first to touch after the ball has been in the backcourt.

Press Coverage
Help each other. New Lead will wait at midcourt.

Throw Ins
On throwins, count five players each team, check the table, check the clock, good eye contact before putting ball in play. A hand up in the air by the off official means not ready.

Timeout Mechanics
When the ball is dead, we must be alive. Team calling timeout must have player dribbling or holding the ball. Both officials must know the game situation when play resumes following a timeout (team, direction, spot or run baseline, shooter, number of shots). One official at spot of throwin or free throw line with ball facing direction in which it will be put into play. Other official at division line, quarter for 30 second and three quarters for 60 second.

Game Situation Awareness
We should quickly check the clock after every whistle to make sure the clock stops properly. We should check the clock every time it should start to make sure it does so. Letís try to be aware of the foul count during the game. Communicate at sixth and ninth fouls. We donít want to be surprised when itís time to shoot the bonus. If we know that the next foul will result in bonus free throws, then weíll be more likely to remember our shooter. Off official should help identifying free throw shooter.

Ball-Handler / Hand-Checking
Places both hands on a ball-handler, it is a foul. Continuously places a hand on the ball-handler, it is a foul. Continuously jabs a hand or forearm on a ball-handler, it is a foul. Remember RSBQ. If the dribblerís Rhythm, Speed, Balance, or Quickness are affected, we should have a hand-checking foul.

Post Play
Letís not allow a defender to use a leg or knee to move a player off the block. Letís make sure the offensive player isnít holding off the defender, or holding him with his off-hand. As Lead, letís find the post matchup as soon as possible so that we get the first foul. Remember RIDD. Donít let players Redirect, Impede, Displace, or Dislodge.

Screens
We must work hard off the ball. In the first half especially, letís clean up the screening action. The screening action will be right in front of the defensive coach in the first half, so if the coach sees an illegal screen, we should too.

Pass And Crash
Letís have the Lead official follow the pass, stay with the ball. The Trail will be responsible for the crash.

Double Whistles
Letís both hold our preliminary signal and not give a block or player control signal. Make eye contact with each other. Give the call to whoever has the primary coverage, most often the lead official, unless you definitely have something different that happened first, in which case weíll talk about it.

Foul Mechanics
Preliminary signal given at spot of foul for all common fouls. Calling official must designate throwin spot or number of shots. Noncalling official, get the shooter. If the ball enters the basket, inform partner that ball went in.

Technical Fouls
If I T a coach, get me away from the coach. The situation is heated and I donít want to whack the coach back-to-back. Letís move away from the benches. Non calling official should inform the coach that the coaching box privilege has been lost. Letís get together and make sure we administer the penalty or penalties correctly and in the correct order and at the correct basket. If one official issues a warning to somebody, player, or coach, make sure the other official knows. If Iíve already warned the coach, the coach shouldnít get a free shot at you.

Consistency
Letís see if we can call the same game. Be consistent with each other. Letís try to remember what weíve called earlier in the game, and what we havenít called. Be consistent with what has already happened in the game.

Last Two Minutes
Near the end of the game, be aware of coaches calling time-outs and be sure to inform them after they have used all their time outs. Letís not put the whistles away in the last two minutes: That wouldnít be consistent with the way weíve been calling the game. Weíre not calling anything in the last two minutes if we havenít already called it earlier in the game, unless itís so blatant that it canít be ignored. If the game dictates it, let the players win or lose the game at the line. We donít want to be the ones who decide the game by ignoring obvious fouls just to get the game over. If the winning team is just holding the ball and is willing to take the free throws after strategic fouls, then letís call the foul immediately, so the ballhandler doesnít get hit harder to draw a whistle. Letís make sure there is a play on the ball by the defense. If thereís no play on the ball, if the defense grabs the jersey, or pushes from behind, or bear hugs the offensive player, we should consider an intentional foul. These are not basketball plays and should be penalized as intentional.

Effort And Attitude
Every game is the most important game being played anywhere tonight for these kids, fans, and coaches. Letís make sure we officiate the game keeping that in mind, through effort, and attitude.
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