Supplemental Pre-Game Conference Topics
By Dennis Morris
- During warm-ups, try to identify a starting player that you can say a few words to and make your ‘Pal,” in the event you need an ally during the game.
- I will never administer a throw in without eye contact with you.
- I will not sound my whistle to beckon a substitute.
- We will be certain that the arrow is set correctly, each time it should be changed.
- When I call a foul, I will always designate the throw-in spot or tell you the shooter’s number before I report the foul.
- If we have a double whistle, we will first remember that seldom does anything occur at the precise same time and the allow the proper official to make the call.
- There will be no “automatic” blocks in this game. we will focus on the defenders and make the correct call.
- During free throws, the trail official will get in position to officiate rebounding situations.
- When approaching a coach for a conversation, put yourself in the coach’s position (empathy), then proceed.
- If necessary to discuss an issue, smiling is fine, but no laughter.
- During the last 2-3 minutes of the game, one of us will have eye contact and/or confirmation with the table personnel.
- We will always alert each other as we approach the bonus situations.
- We must be aware of the number of timeouts remaining.
- Anticipate when a coach is likely to call a timeout.
- When the final horn and whistle sounds, look to the table to be sure there is no controversy.