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|Referee Development Resources and Advice|
|Welcome to my Referee's Corner|
|with Dave Finch|
| For those who don't know me I am a Level 4 referee and have been officiating for a number of years both at National League and Local League. I am here to help develop all referees across the YBL.
Each month, I will look at a different rule that sometimes causes confusion.
As the YBL is a youth and development league it has been decided that guidance should be given to level 1 or inexperienced level 2 refs.
|This all starts with the refs pre-game with your fellow official and discussing how to do the machanics of calling the charge/block foul. As a general rule whoever the charge is coming to should take the call (normally the lead official). On a double whistle the non active official should raise his fist for the foul but should withold any signals until he or she sees the call from their co-official. Then mimic the active officials' actions!
The charge/block being discussed between officials is anything outside the no-charge semi-circle. The active official should be doing the following;
1) Refereeing the defence.
2) Ensure that the defender has a legal guarding position.
3) Ensure that any contact is with the torso/chest; if yes, then charge/block; if no, then defenseive foul or a no call.
4) If the contact was the torso/chest did the offensive player 'go through' the defender. If its a 'go through' then a charge should be called. If the offensive player goes to the player and stops or makes a jump shot then a no call is the correct decision.
The charge/block is one of the most difficult calls to make. Discussing at the end of the game will always help. Remember on any hard charge/block making a call will be regarded by 50% of the players as correct. Making a no call and 100% of players will believe you are wrong.
Be sympathetic to inexperienced referees who may get this wrong. Make sure that in your training that players know legal guarding position, then if they move laterally or backwards they can be confident in playing good defence. If a defensive player moves then teach them that they have to get their outside foot down before any contact occurs.
The charge/block is always a spectator talking event. As a club if you can explain any techniques which helps their understanding then basketball the game will benefit.
Visual dissent; When the player/coach shows some sort of body action such as raising the arms, shaking the head, wagging a finger at you or some forms of gesturing towards you.
Players and coaches informing the refs of how to ref the game. Examples are “and 1” being called out by players/bench.”Foul “ or “That’s a foul “ being called out.
Technical infractions which may breach the ethos of sportsmanship. An example of this is running outside the court to avoid a screen which gives the player an unfair advantage.
Article 37 (FIBA Wording)
C1 Not a legitimate attempt to play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules.
C2 Excessive, hard contact caused by a player in an effort to play the ball or an opponent.
C3 An unnecessary contact caused by the defensive player in order to stop the progress of the offensive team in transition. This applies until the offensive player begins the act of shooting.
C4 Contact by the defensive player from behind or laterally on an opponent in an attempt to stop the fast break and there is no defensive player between the offensive player and the opponent’s basket. This applies until the offensive player begins the act of shooting.
C5 Contact by the defensive player on an opponent on the playing court during the last 2 minutes in the last period and in each extra period, when the ball is out of-bounds for a throw-in and still the hands of the official or at the disposal of the player taking the throw-in.
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