The two officials’ responsibilities during different situations will complement each other. When one referee is ‘Active’ the other must be ‘Free’ to support the other referee. 

The Active Official 

  1. Throws the ball up at the jump ball.
  2. Hands over the ball at a throw-in from out of bounds.
  3. Administers the free throws

The Free Official 

  1. Keeps the court and players under observation.
  2. Must be prepared to get ahead of the play to become the lead official. 
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