Rule # 1: The Officials’ Role is to Control the Game
The official must make sure that the integrity of the game is always upheld, that the game is kept under control according the rules of the game and sportsmanship. If you lose control and do not conduct yourself in a proper and professional manner, then the integrity of the game will disintegrate.

Officiating Is About Making Sure No Player or Team Gets an Unfair Advantage
This is at the heart of officiating. Calls are largely based on making sure no player or no team gets an unfair advantage or is placed at an unfair disadvantage.

Expect Criticism and Learn How to Handle It
Most comments from spectators, players and coaches should go in one ear and out the other because turning a deaf ear to such criticism is crucial to maintaining focus and keeping appositive attitude. However, constructive criticism from chief officials, assignors and veteran officials should be sought. If you solicit comments after working with a respected veteran, be prepared for what you might get. Never stop growing and learning.

If You’re Going to Blow the Whistle, Blow It Hard
In almost every situation in virtually every sport, the rules dictate that an official’s whistle causes play to cease. Since that is the case, you might as well blow it hard. A strong blast of the whistle conveys the message that play should be stopped. A weak whistle casts doubt about your confidence and judgment.

Understand That You Will Make Mistakes – Don’t Make Excuses
Officials make mistakes, and sometimes they are dreadful mistakes; however, we must accept them as part of the challenge that calls for us to make a multitude of split-second decisions under very stressful conditions. To expect perfection is too heavy a burden for any person to carry and ultimately will take the joy out of officiating for even the best official. F.A.I.L. (First Attempt In Learning)

You Don’t Care Who Wins
One of the many sports myths accepted as fact is that the officials are predisposed to favor the locals. But an official should never use calls to favor any player or team for any reason. Impartiality (Integrity) is the foundation on which the officiating house is built. Officials must be blind to factors that have nothing to do with the game, including who wins or loses.

Never Let Your Signals Convey Your Emotions
Too many officials view fouls or rules infractions as personal affronts. Instead of acting dispassionately, they allow their body language or voice to convey that displeasure. Your facial expression and voice should not suggest you’re happy or unhappy to be enforcing a penalty.

Don’t Bring Anything into the Game
It is crucial to treat each game as a new experience. If you work a game involving a player or coach you’ve had to penalize or eject, your demeanor and actions must convey the feeling that you’ve forgotten about it. Always remember the “why” you do what you do.

Answer Questions, not Statements
“That’s a bad call.” “That was a interference.” “He pushed him.” These are the statements that coaches say/yell/shout. Coaches say a lot to officials during a game. And much of what they have to say, whether it is a valid point or not, does not need a response. Statements don’t need an answer from officials. Often the only time you need to respond to a statement is when you are delivering a warning or a penalty for one that crosses the line. What deserves a respectful response when time permits is a legitimate question. Officials can save themselves a lot of headaches and heartburn by answering only what is asked.

Trust and Support Your Partner
Officiating is as much about team work as the game itself is for the players who play it and the coaches who coach the teams. Trust your partner to call what is in his or her area of the court so you can better observe your area of the court. And keep a close watch on the ‘grey’ area as well so that you may see something your partner might miss. Never confront your fellow official in public, and discuss any interpretation of calls in a private conference on the court and away from players, coaches and other observers. Teamwork and support for and from your partners is crucial to success in basketball officiating.

Don’t Criticize Other Officials
Under no circumstances should an official point out a his or her partner’s inadequacies or offer a negative opinion about another official to a coach or player. Let your work and the work of others speak for itself. If an official you’ve worked with or observed asks for a critique, be honest but supportive. If your opinion is not sought, don’t offer it.

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