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Observer’s Presentation

Wayne Roller created the following presentation to help observers. Please take a look at the guidelines so that we are all on the same page.

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2015 Tournament – Bulletin # 1

The regular season is almost complete and the first OHSAA Tournament games start Thursday, February 18. Attached is the first bulletin you will receive emphasizing items that the crew should be covering in the pre game. The first is officiating in the lead position.

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Observers Report

This report is for OHSAA observers during the 2014-15 District, Regional and State Tournaments.

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2015 OHSAA Basketball Officials Clinic

Each year the OHSAA along with the Ohio Association of Basketball Officials (OABO) conducts a basketball officiating clinic for officials who are interested in improving and progressing. The clinic is a one day clinic which includes on court work and instruction as well as classroom and video sessions.

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Mechanics on excessive contact

We need to keep all of players in sight, especially opponents. This is a great play for pregame discussion, who is going to see this flagrant contact?

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Last second shot mechanics

Some officials believe (and cover in their pre-game meetings) – “any official (in any position) can ‘wave off a last second shot’ (meaning ‘not good’), but only the ‘opposite the table official’ can count it.

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Alternate coaches

Suppose a head coach designates her assistant to be the head coach during parts of a game. But only one is coaching at a time. What is the proper ruling? Is this allowed?

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Not allowing substitute in

We had an inadvertent whistle by one of the officials in a tied game and the team had their best player at the table to go in. We did not allow for the sub since it was our mistake and having the player in could affect the outcome of the game and he wouldn’t have been in the game. What is the proper way to handle this situation?

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Switches in two person mechanics

The Officials’ Manual states that for a 2 person crew officials should switch on ALL non shooting fouls. I have interpreted this ALL to include fouls in the back court or player control or team control fouls in the front court going the other way, since the manual does not list exceptions.

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2014-15 Director’s Bulletin No. 3

Happy New Year! As we gear up for the most competitive part of the season, here are a few items that have been brought up recently and reminders regarding them, Please review with your partners in your upcoming pregames: 1. Contact with swinging elbow in the head/neck area. There has been no change in the […]

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Headband ruling

The following fuling on the legality of a particular headband was issued by Denny Morris. The pictured headband is illegal. This is based on the manufacturer stating the band is 2.5 inches in width. By rule a headband can only be 2 inches in width

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Reset on a free throw

While shooting a foul shot, and the ball already being administered to the shooter, the table has blown the horn before the shot, disrupting the game, and the rhythm of the shooter. How should this situation be handled?

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2014-15 Director’s Bulletin No. 2

Some officials are making issues with the Points of Emphasis rules for announcers on page 68 of the rule book. This is not something that we need to address as officials. This was sent by the OHSAA as a reminder to the schools, but it was left out on purpose during our State meeting. We […]

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2014-15 Director’s Bulletin No. 1

Throughout the season when unusual things happen or just reminders, I will post an update to help us all be on the “same page”. Special thanks to Frank Vitt for assisting in this endeavor!

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Handchecking

The new handchecking rule came up in our local association meeting last night and there was debate on when this rule applies. Many thought it applies to the dribbler on the perimeter but not the post player. Others thought it applied to the post player only when they turn to face the basket. But, when reading the case book 10.6.12 Situation B, it seems there is no distinction between a post player with their back to the basket or facing the basket, the new handchecking rule should apply.

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Free throw violation

After the release of a free throw, defender B1 moves into the lane from a marked lane space. B1 then moves to “box out” the free throw shooter, crossing the free throw line in the process.

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