NSBO Work Plan
Objectives for 2023/24 Season
1. Organize regional clinics discussing FIBA rules, interpretations, mechanics, IOT’s, conflict resolution, sensitivity training and Fan Abuse
2. Continue working with BNS on alignment to establish the framework of the Provincial Basketball Officials’ Commission
3. Complete all contract negotiations with clients and submit a new rate sheet for approval
4. Identify officials for the High-Performance List
5. Meet with Executive Director of Basketball Nova Scotia to identify funding opportunities to assist NSBO with shared objectives
6. Share all information received from CBOC in a timely fashion
7. Identify and submit names for SSNS Championships
8. Promote the Caulfield Camp of Excellent
9. Assist officials in being fully compliant with “Individual Officiating Techniques”
10. Continue collecting a $25 Professional Development Fee from all basketball leagues being serviced by NSBO
11. Expand on NSBO’s Feel Safe/Fan Abuse Policy
12. Review the certification pathway for all officials to ensure we follow CBOC’s policies
13. Implement Gender Equity Project Recommendations
Dates and times have been confirmed by Area Supervisors. Clinics were offered to all areas (some virtual/some in person). All officials are expected to write the exam (completion date December 1st, 2023). A refresher exam will be available. Any member not writing the CBOC exam can have access to an Area Exam through their Area Supervisor.
All clinics emphasized the calling of all rough play fouls to ensure players’ safety. Clinics also emphasized the importance of using the proper terminology - ensuring sensitivity for the existing diversity in the basketball community.
Throughout the year, NSBO will run video sessions to help with the training of officials.
This continues to be a major priority of CBOC.
We have a positive relationship with the new Executive Director, Lori Lancaster. BNS has been very supportive of NSBO obtaining funding for various grants in the past.
During the past year, NSBO had numerous positive meetings with the Executive Directive.
Both organizations want to strengthen relationships to improve basketball throughout the province. NSBO will be sharing the Work Plan with BNS.
All contracts and rates have been negotiated and approved for this year. We have finalized a 3-year agreement with ACAA (starts 2023/26). The agreement includes 2 provincial evaluators at their tournaments.
Approximately 28 officials have been identified for our High-Performance List. We have seen numerous changes to our list due to officials advancing to the panel. The officials identified want to advance through the NOCP, work high school 3 crew games and be assigned to the high school championships. Names can be added or deleted at any time.
The High-Performance program is under the supervision of Roger Caulfield and Chris Holland. Area Supervisors will also be asked to identify officials for this list.
There are many opportunities to acquire funding; however, submissions must be comprehensive and meet specific criteria to ensure approval.
Last year, we received funding for the All-Female Basketball Clinic held in November.
The President participates in a monthly conference call with CBOC. Recently, some of the discussions focused on violence towards officials, recruitment of new officials, certification (NOCP clinics). They recently discussed the new registration process which CBOC wants to implement. CBOC will be announcing various volunteer positions for any interested officials.
The newsletter “Whistle Blast” provides ongoing updates on all current issues. Officials are encouraged to read the newsletter to remain current on all issues.
CBOC recently partnered with Memorial University and several other National Sport Organizations on a research study into Mental Health and well-being of officials. If interested, officials can complete a confidential survey provided through “gameplan”.
Chris Holland will be contacting Area Supervisors in the new year to finalize names for the upcoming championships. Priority will be given to officials on the High-Performance List.
Note: Not all Referee/Evaluators completed their evaluations last season. This documentation is required to advance officials through the Certification Program.
This camp is held annually and provides numerous opportunities for officials to receive formal evaluations, improve their performance and potential for advancement. The camp will operate with both 2 and 3-person officiating. More information will be coming in the new year.
Provincial Interpreter/AUS Commissioner
This initiative was identified in last year’s Work Plan and several actions were taken to address the problem. It is important that we continue to work with all officials to meet the standards (specifically the officials to be selected for national championships). The Commissioner and Referee/Coaches will make this a priority in their evaluations.
Fitness and IOT’s are the main priorities for advancement.
The AUS Commissioner has provided updated documentation on all IOT’s and mechanics.
Last year was the first time we collected a Professional Development Fee. Although this initiative produced positive results, not all areas collected the fee. We encourage all areas to submit a professional development initiative to use the money in their respective area.
Areas can charge a 5% fee for local tournaments. This fee would stay within the local area to be used at the discretion of the Area Supervisor. This fee is optional.
Roger Caulfield, Education Officer, reviewed the policy and expanded on our existing Feel Safe/Fan Abuse Policy. The goal is to eliminate fan abuse and keep officials safe. The document is available on the NSBO website. It will also include the Fan Abuse Incident Report. This will be in the form of a link so we can maintain a record. The new document should be applied as written. This document will be reviewed in the spring.
We want to progress officials in the most efficient and effective way. Officials want to know how to advance.
Presently, there is a lack of communication and knowledge on this subject. NSBO’s certification list does not coincide with CBOC’s list. During registration, Paul Hanson will work with Area Supervisors to validate the list.
Chris Holland will meet with Greg Parsons and Jennifer McKenzie to determine the best course of action to achieve this initiative.
NOTE: Last year, NSBO certified 18 Referee/Coaches.
Referee Development Pathway:
NOCP Level 1 – community referee
NOCP Level II – competitive referee
NOCP Level III – provincial referee
NOCP Level IV – national referee
NOCP Level V – FIBA referee
The presentation on the Gender Equity Project was outstanding. The body of work completed by the Committee was comprehensive and clearly indicates the actions required. Our Executive strongly supports this initiative and committed to adding female representation as Member at Large (Lindsay Walsh). The Project document needs to be available on the NSBO website. We want to ensure NSBO promotes this initiative and demonstrates our support and complete transparency. I would appreciate receiving more information on actions taken to date.
OTHER NSBO RELATED INITIATIVES
New Member at Large Position
NSBO Core Executive has approved a second Member at Large position to be allocated to a female official. Congratulations to Lindsay Walsh on being selected for the position.
3-Person Virtual Clinic
A virtual clinic was held on November 9th, 2023, for any NSBO official looking for information on 3-person officiating. Paul Hanson sent a link for the clinic to all officials.
FIBA 23/24 Exam
The 2023-24 FIBA Rules Exam will be available for all officials registered with CBOC to take starting on Monday, October 30th and will close on Friday, December 1st at 5:00 p.m.
Exam support will be available during the exam period from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The best resources to find rules and interpretations are on the NSBO website, the “FIBA iRef” app, or Gameplanbasketball.ca.
The 23/24 budget was presented at the AGM. No further follow-up is required.
All rates were approved at the AGM and the updated document has been distributed to Area Supervisors. A review of rates was completed, and we are comparable to our neighboring provinces.
The Selection Committee identified the following officials to represent Nova Scotia:
U15 Female (Calgary) – Emily Lerette
U17 Female (Calgary) -Shauna Poirier
U15 Male (Sherbrooke) – Nathan Dunn
U17 Male (Sherbrooke) – Joseph Harvey
Congratulations to Matt Boyle who received an assignment for the following competition:
3x3 International Cup (Sacramento)
Nominations to CBOC:
Ritchie/Nicurity Scholarship – Dean Pan
Wink Willox Award – Cliff Tye
Frank Baldwin Award – Ted Wallace
Rod Shoveller Award – Dean Pan
Dues and Insurance
Registration fees will be collected the same as in previous years … the proposed CBOC has been delayed for this year ($95 per member to cover NSBO dues).
Our insurance coverage will remain the same as last year. Any issues related to this topic can be directed to Paul Hanson.
AUS Championships: (no decision has been reached regarding number of officials to be assigned to each province)
Men and Women – Scotia Centre, Halifax – February 23-25, 2024
CCAA championships are:
Women – Mar 13-16 at Lakeland College, Alberta
Men – Mar 13-16 at Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB (4 officials)
ACAA Championships, Holland College, March 1-3, 2024 (4 officials)
Men’s USports Championships will be held in Quebec City, Quebec, March 8-10, 2024.
Women’s USports Championships will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, March 7-10, 2024
Note: Jennifer McKenzie was selected by CBOC to attend training for FIBA Certification for Statisticians 2023-25. Jennifer was also identified as a Referee/Coach.
It is important for all officials and Area Supervisors to maintain officiating records on evaluations, assignments, etc. Advancement is based on development, certification, and performance.
Game Incident Reports
Last year, we were not as diligent in completing Incident reports as we needed to be. We experienced some problems related to BNS games and championships. Chris Holland will be discussing this issue with the BNS coordinator. It is imperative that we have all the relevant information so NSBO can take the appropriate corrective action. All officials are to address foul language and promote no swearing.
Fitness testing is being conducted at national tournaments and any official who receive a national assignment must be prepared to take and pass the fitness test.
Provide training opportunities on 3x3 officiating
Matt Boyle is our resource on the 3x3 officiating. He provided some formal training last season and will be available to all areas interested in obtaining such training.
Wheelchair basketball – Canada Games - 2027
Members at Large
Presently, we have very few officials certified to officiate this event. Officials will need to be identified as well as training. More information needs to be collected to move this initiative forward.
November 10, 2023