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2017 OHSAA Basketball Officials Training Clinic – Final Notice

We don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to attend the OHSAA Basketball Officials Training Clinic on Friday June 9 and on Saturday, June 10. I have had officials tell me they have heard the clinic is filled. This is not the case. There are still spots available each day
for anyone who wishes to attend.

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2017 OHSAA Basketball Officials Clinic

The Ohio High School Athletic Association will be sponsoring a basketball officials training clinic again this summer. The clinic is designed for class #3, class #2, and class #1 basketball officials who are interested in improving their basketball officiating skills. Basketball officials from all the districts of Ohio need to be officiating in similar styles, looking for the same things, and using the same mechanics.

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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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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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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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2014-15 NFHS News Release

The NFHS has released a news bulletin regarding the rule change on allowing players to enter the free throw lane after the release. Check out the bulletin for more details.

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Officiating in the News

There are two recent articles in the Mansfield News Journal featuring officiating. The first addresses the difficulty in finding new officials, and the impact this is having on some districts. Click here to read the article The second features John Gurney and his son, Jonathan, officiating together during an All-Star game. Click here to read […]

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Concussion Headware

The following bulletin, issued by Jerry Snodgrass, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner-Basketball Sport Administrator, was sent to all OHSAA basketball officials on January 24, 2014.

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Central District Tournament Presentations

Jim Berry, Tournament Supervisor of the Central District, has created two presentations to help prepare for the postseason. The presentations are recommended for all officials. Click here to download Presentation 1 Click here to download Presentation 2

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Concussion Head Band

Effective January 17, 2014, the OHSAA has approved two items to be worn by basketball players in grades 7-12 designed as protective headgear.

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Setting Goals and Advancement

It does not matter if you are a 1st year official or a 20 + year veteran official. It does not matter if you have never worked a postseason tournament game or have worked more tournament games than you can count. Each season we should set a new goal. Both short term and long term […]

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Preseason Preparation and Goals

There is in old saying that a game is only officiated as good as the players that are playing the game. This is only partially true, more talented players are able to avoid contact or play through slight contact which in turn produces a game with less fouls being called and typically a better flowing game to officiate and for the spectators to watch. However, when we have a game with less talent that disintegrates due to sloppy play we don’t and should not accept below average officiating. Most of the time poor play and poor called games are not a result of how the game was officiated in on-the-ball situations but in how much contact was allowed in the off-ball situations.

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