NSBO Work Plan
Objectives for 2020/21 Season
Matt Boyle &
This objective has been completed and approved by BNS. All NSBO members will be provided with a copy of the final document. All stakeholders have not declared their season of play. The Return to Play policies vary from province to province; however, they all adhere to the CBOC guidelines. Changes will be made when required. It is difficult to determine how much basketball will be played in Nova Scotia this season. Commencing the end of January, basketball will resume play. To respond to questions from various areas, the Executive will be hosting a Zoom meeting on January 25th. One of the major issues which requires attention is insurance coverage for officials. Insurance coverage for officials was delayed but reinstated in January 2021 (once basketball returned to play).
Once again, due to Covid 19 restrictions, basketball season has been postponed (effective February 27th).
Roger Caulfield &
Close to 200 officials participated in virtual meetings organized by Roger Caulfield during the month of November. All Area Supervisors have been provided with current information to assist them in their respective clinics.
CBOC plans to offer webinars focused on the POE’s in 2021. The new FIBA Manual for Referees “Advanced 3 Person Officiating” has been shared with the membership (Jan 2021).
Changes have been made to FIBA Mechanics (ie foul line and a few others). Roger will update Area Supervisors as more information is made available. All officials are to be knowledgeable and able to administer the new mechanics.
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This topic was discussed during recent virtual clinics. NSBO President will reach out to all stakeholders to request assistance with this initiative. Note: There is a national working group focusing on this very subject. David Hancock, a research specialist from Memorial University, will be assisting the group to provide insight on recruitment and retention and steer the committee in the right direction.
Sports Canada has received funding to pay for NOCP Level 1 and 2 for female officials. This funding is intended to create equitable opportunity and to support gender equity.
CBOC is highlighting women in basketball during the month of March. They will be hosting a 4-week webinar series that celebrates and empowers women across all aspects of basketball. The webinar series from March 22nd to March 28th will focus on “Referee our Game”.
Reggie Caulfield &
All rates and contracts have been negotiated. AUS agreement is pending. Rates sheets have been shared with Area Supervisors. No change in rates for this season.
CBOC continues to emphasize their priority of alignment with provincial bodies. Our Executive recognizes the importance of working with BNS to move this initiative forward. During these difficult times, it will be challenging to make major strides in this area.
Roger Caulfield &
Chris Holland, Provincial Assessor
This initiative has been an excellent vehicle to promote and fast track both male and female officials. CBOC’s direction is to recruit officials under the age of 25 for advancement at the national level. Numerous officials identified through this initiative have advanced to the NSSAF Championships and Summer Nationals. To date, the list is as follows:
Jake Babin Phil Leighton
Stephanie Hiltz Doug Walker
Jim Bryan AJ Simmonds
Luke McFarland Rodney Myers
Brian Walker Chris Downey
NSBO needs to continue to revise the list of referee coaches and provide appropriate training. Funding will be required to produce desired results.
Jennifer McKenzie and Greg Parsons have been trained on this initiative and will be working with Chris Holland, Provincial Assessor on the implementation phase.
Last year’s plan was to conduct training sessions with referee coaches during the D1Boys Tournament. Since we were unable to complete this initiative, a new plan of action will need to be devised by Chris Holland.
Two NOCP Level I courses will be offered by CBOC in January 2021 (25th and 31st)
Following officials’ names were submitted to CBOC (tournaments not held):
Under 15 girls Under 15 boys
Grant Hatcher Alex Nuschke
NOTE: 2021 Summer Nationals cancelled due to Covid-19.
CBOC will be approving a new shirt for Nationals.
CBOC publishes the “Whistle Blast” newsletter on a regular basis. It is an information publication which all members should access to keep updated. Some of the topics covered in the publication are: New Rules, NOCP Level I Training, FIBA Exam, Points of Emphasis, 3-Person Officiating Mechanics, etc. CBOC also provides “Executive Council Meetings Minutes” on Game Plan under the “Documents” section. CBOC Executive Council have also created a document that outlines the value of being a member of CBOC. Recently received (Dec 1, 2020) information from CBOC on FIBA Pathway for the next 6 years. They continue to emphasize recruiting young officials under the age of 30. Officials are being identified at a very young age. We need to explore ways to offer our officials opportunities at the international level. Our President participated in a national meeting concerning this topic in mid-December. CBOC continues to stress the importance of identifying officials at a younger age.
NOTE: Super clinic will be conducted in May by CBOC. Interested officials should register.
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This will be an ongoing initiative throughout the season. However, at this present time, most of our dialogue with Basketball Nova Scotia has been focused on “Return to Play” and registering enough officials to meet the needs across the province.
The Executive discussed this objective at length and is considering many options to ensure NSBO achieves the desired results. Roger recently shared information on this subject and communication/leadership initiatives with the Executive and with the membership during virtual meetings.
An Operations Review Committee has been established to review the existing Operational Guidelines as well as Rules and Regulations. The Committee is co-chaired by Chris Holland and Reg Caulfield.
The Committee completed its review of the Operational Guidelines on November 29th. A review of the Rules and Regulations was completed on January 17th, 2021. Both documents will be presented for approval at the AGM.
OTHER NSBO RELATED INITIATIVES
National Uniforms and Jackets
Samples of referee shirts were distributed to seven officials to provide feedback on the initial design. The feedback has been positive. There is currently no timetable as to when this will be available to the membership. Jackets are back on hold and there is still ongoing discussion on a national uniform.
Recently received notification from AUS and ACAA the 2020/21 basketball season has been cancelled.
None of the National Championships will be played.
A few Exhibition Games will be scheduled.
A virtual meeting was held on November 15th with the panel officials. No decision has yet been made regards to return to play. The Commissioner identified 4 officials not returning this year due to retirement and/or personal reasons. He also announced 4 new officials being added to the panel. Roger emphasized the following Points of Emphasis during the meeting:
He emphasized the importance for all officials to promote a clean game, player safety and consistency. He also spoke about Evaluation Forms provided to coaches for their feedback. One of the major concerns voiced by coaches was that all officials must play an integral role in officiating the game (not only Crew Chiefs). Roger’s mandate is to have a tighter whistle, eliminate rough play and increased communication on and off the floor.
Wink Willox Award – Sam McNeish
Frank Baldwin Award – John Fannig
Rod Shoveller Award – Aaron Barrington
Level III Certificates – TBA
Reg Jewkes – his years of service on the Executive will be celebrated and recognized in the near future.
Exam Dates –
November 16th to December 16th, 2020
Second window for exams
January 8th to February 12, 2021
The issue of dues was discussed at the Executive meeting. The decision was to maintain the current dues structure and all Area Supervisors are to collect the dues within the time frames provided by Paul Hanson (presently, just over 100 officials have registered). Once completed, officials will have their “Game Plan” account activated where they will be able to access educational information and complete this year’s exam. Only a couple of officials wrote the exam during the second window.
Division I – Metro
Metro Area Supervisor
A few Division I Boys league games were officiated last year using the approved 3-person officiating. Last season, some areas utilized 3-person officiating for training purposes. Presently, Greg Parsons, Metro Area Supervisor is negotiating with Division I leagues to continue this practice. More information to come.
NOCP Level I Training
CBOC recently announced the launch of National Officials Certification Program training. They will be offering the first of two online session of NOCP Level 1 training for referees in November. Refer to CBOC’s November Whistle Blast for further information. The cost for this training program is $50 ($20 going back to the province to provide for the on-court assessment portion of the course).
CBOC Membership Value Proposition
With the current Covid-19 landscape posing some challenges for the basketball season, there have been questions surrounding membership – specifically CBOC Membership. CBOC has created a document outlining the value of being a member and it is available on Game Plan.
The end of the season dates have been moved. Junior High season ends April 1st. Senior High School season ends April 17th.
No provincial championships to be played this year. Regional games will be the culmination of the season for those involved. There will not be any tournament play. Play-offs will be single games at a time.
NSSAF basketball season continues to be disrupted due to a rise in Covid cases in some areas. Hopefully, all areas will be able to complete their schedule.
Safe Sport Training
Canada Sports and CBOC are looking to implement the requirement of all officials having to take the course.
CBOC is looking to implement background checks for all officials.
Caulfield Camp of Excellence
NSBO anticipates holding this camp at some point this summer. Ongoing discussions are being held with Executive Director of Basketball Nova Scotia. No decision has been made regarding the format.
Keep and maintain all officiating records regarding evaluations, assignments, etc. in the event they are required for any legal proceedings.
Document updated: May 26, 2021