Team Officiating

Today's game, from the opening tap to the final buzzer, requires team officiating. Cell phones and social media display​​ game situations​​ before an evaluator can put​​ their​​ pen to paper. ​​​​ Team officiating is about helping your partner(s) with fouls outside​​ their prime coverage area. When helping out on calls away from your primary, you must be absolutely correct.​​ Look​​ to call​​ excessive contact and non- basketball​​ ​​ plays.​​ All​​ calls and​​ information​​ must be welcomed by your partners.​​ After receiving information from​​ your​​ fellow officials​​ the calling referee should report the foul .​​ 

Following, are some situations when an official needs to step up and make a call​​ or at the very least, offer information:

1. When​​ your​​ partner closest to the play is not in good position to make the call.
2. When your partner has been screened out or has been obstructed from the play.
3. When your partner is late in transition and has too much area to cover.
4. When your partner sees it differently from everyone else in the gym.
5.​​ When ​​ your​​ ​​ partner has the majority of the play in their primary.

Officials can be successful in team officiating if they know the teams that are playing, if they are familiar with their style​​ of play, and​​ if they​​ understand the tendencies​​ of their partners. Officials need to have​​ a thorough pre game with all​​ partners​​ contributing. This is where team officiating begins.

Be attentive to the following situations where team officiating may apply.
1. The secondary defender on charge/block calls.
2. The upgrading of rough play fouls.
3. Providing information on fight situations. (double fouls)
4. Game saving calls.
5. All​​ unsportsmanlike and/or disqualifying​​ infractions.
6.​​ Illegal​​ screens.
7. High elbows/hits to the head.
8. Rule misinterpretation.
9. Excessive contact.
10. Unsportsmanlike comments by players.
11. Transition plays.

Always​​ apply team officiating because you KNOW and not THINK that your involvement will make your crew stronger and the game better.​​ Remember to trust your partner at all times and know when calls are being passed on.​​ Team officiating always looks the best when an official from away blows a foul or a violation and closes down on the play immediately. This call is always blown with confidence but never draws unnecessary attention to the game. Team officiating should​​ never involve​​ marginal calls.​​ 
Always go fishing for whales and not minnows.