NSBO Work Plan
Objectives for 2022/23 Season
1. Deliver regional clinics emphasizing FIBA rule changes, Interpretations, IOT’s, National Points of Emphasis and sensitivity training
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. Review and revise the High-Performance List
5. Meet with Executive Director of Basketball Nova Scotia to identify funding opportunities
6. Share all information received from CBOC in a timely fashion
7. Organize an all-female basketball clinic
8. Provide training opportunities on 3x3 officiating
9. Coordinate two special clinics for Halifax Minor Basketball
10. Identify and submit names for NSSAF Championships
11. Promote the Caulfield Camp of Excellent
12. Review past officials’ national evaluations to determine what action is required by NSBO to assist officials in meeting national standards
13. Consider implementing the new FIBA shirt
14. Initiate a $25 Professional Development Fee to all basketball leagues being serviced by NSBO
A clinic was offered in all areas, as per schedule. FIBA Exam was available on Game Plan from October 17th to December 11th. FIBA Official Basketball Rules 2022 are also available on Game Plan. Paul Hanson will be sending out a 25 follow-up question exam to Area Supervisors in the New Year.
Implementation of the new free throw mechanic will commence January 1st, 2023. Essentially, the center official just “waves” the 1/2/3 shot signals up before the shooter receives the ball. They no longer signal 1 point for a successful free throw, nor is there any chop-in of time in the event the free throw misses. The lead official will still chop-in time following a successful final free throw.
All clinics emphasized the importance in using the proper terminology - ensuring sensitivity for the existing diversity in the basketball community. We understand mistakes will be made but our goal is to build the right culture and respect for all.
This continues to be a major priority of CBOC. The new Executive Director was recently announced. Lori Lancaster begins her new role on January 3, 2023. (Refer to Basketball Nova Scotia’s website for her profile.)
During the past year, NSBO had numerous meetings with the Executive Directive (all of which were positive). BNS has been very supportive of NSBO obtaining funding for various grants in the past.
Our objective will be to update Ms. Lancaster on a number of our shared initiatives
All contracts have been negotiated and approved for this year with all levels of basketball showing a rate increase. The recently approved rate sheet has been shared with Area Supervisors. The travel rate will not need to be adjusted as there is no significant change in gas prices.
The decision was made to increase the number of officials on the High-Performance List as more officials have identified their officiating goals to attain their level 3 certification.
NSBO identified 25 officials through the evaluation process at the Caulfield Camp of Excellence and the NSSAF provincials.
During the past year, we received a grant to assist us in our Certification Program/Referee Coaches.
We also received funding for the All-Female Basketball Clinic held in November.
The Halifax Minor has agreed to pay an additional $25 fee per team to assist NSBO with their professional development. NSBO in turn will offer a mentorship to Halifax Minor and promote recruitment. NSBO has delivered two special clinics.
The President and Provincial Supervisor will provide regular updates on CBOC initiatives throughout the season. Please note, CBOC has changed numerous positions.
The newsletter “Whistle Blast” provides ongoing updates on all current issues (i.e. all CBOC awards recipients were announced in December). Officials are encouraged to read the newsletter to remain current on all issues.
CBOC recently reached out to our President to obtain information on officials’ profiles. All officials should be aware of the Game Plan website and take advantage of this resource. Other valuable apps are available, free of charge for our officials (Ref Academy, Ref Academy Pre-game).
An all-female basketball clinic was held at Mount Saint Vincent in November. The clinic included 5 female presenters. One positive outcome of the clinic was the development of a communication vehicle for female officials.
NSBO received a motion from a female official asking to create a ‘Nova Scotia Women Officiating Committee’, with over 50% female representation, who will present a proposed strategy to the NSBO Core Executive that will advance the identification, recruitment, training, mentorship, and retention of women officials across the province. The committee will report on progress to the NSBO Core Executive quarterly and will submit the proposed strategy by August 2023.
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.
Two special clinics were held on October 15th and October 23rd. A three-crew officiating clinic was also held on November 7th to certify officials at this level.
On February 13th, Chris Holland hosted a zoom meeting with the Executive to finalize selections. Area Supervisors will immediately notify selected officials.
Area Supervisors were involved in the selection process.
Upcoming in July 2023
This camp is held annually (in July) and provides numerous opportunities for officials to improve their performance and potential for advancement. Information on upcoming Camps will be shared in the future.
This review revealed a weakness in our officials’ overall compliance with the IOT’s. The AUS/ACAA Commissioner has already taken action to address this problem. All Referee/Coaches will be evaluating officials with this objective in mind. High Performance officials will complete a goal portfolio (short- and long-term plan) with this objective in mind.
NSBO will revisit the decision around the new CBOC shirt in May 2023. Officials advancing to national championships will be responsible to purchase the new FIBA shirt. The only shirt recognized and to be used by NSBO members is our current FIBA grey shirt. Members are encouraged to purchase the new NSBO created pre-game jacket.
We recognize this is a new initiative and there will be growing pains. A zoom meeting was held on December 20th with the entire Executive to clarify issues and to receive feedback from all Area Supervisors. Executive is requesting all teams within NS pay a yearly fee of $25 to assist in the professional development of officials. A “Developmental Fee Invoice” will be sent to Area Supervisors by Paul Hanson.
Chris Holland has communicated this initiative with our clients. A committee of 7 will be established to hear submissions from Areas looking to have local initiatives paid for from the Professional Development Fund. The Committee will be selected in January. Chris Holland is the resource person for this initiative and will be following up with Area Supervisors to clarify any questions they may have.
A locally collected fee of 5% per tournament can be charged for tournament game fees that are played in your areas. This fee is optional.
OTHER NSBO RELATED INITIATIVES
The 20/23 budget was presented at the AGM with an expectation to be in balance for the year.
Any official looking for advancement needs to complete the Certification Program managed by CBOC. Chris Holland has several initiatives planned for this basketball season. Area Supervisors can contact Chris Holland if they require additional information on this subject.
Wink Willox Award – Chris Holland
Frank Baldwin Award – Paul Hanson
Rod Shoveller Award – Alex Nuschke
Ritchie/Nicurity Scholarship – Emily Holt
It was agreed, at the recent AGM, to increase officials’ dues by $10 to assist with the increased cost of insurance and to meet operational requirements. This is the first increase imposed in several years.
NOTE: new officials will need to pay full dues and will receive full pay
2022-23 CBOC Points of Emphasis
Refer to CBOC website for this year’s Points of Emphasis when released. We anticipate very little change from last year’s. NSBO will continue to place emphasis on illegal contact, bench decorum, unsportsmanlike fouls (C1 to C4), and player safety. Officials must also focus on having a good pre-game, to eliminate rough play, increase communication, and understand the importance of shared responsibilities on the floor. NOTE: All officials must be consistent in enforcing the garment rule.
Men - Paul Hanson, Brian States, Matt Boyle
Women - Brent Stocker, Ryan Brown, Stephen Clow
Dates for the CCAA championships are:
Women – Mar 15-18 at Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON
Men – Mar 16-19 at SAIT College in Calgary, AB. Justin Rocchi
ACAA Championships at STU in Fredericton.
Justin Rocchi, Duane Starratt, Nicole Phipps, Jennifer McKenzie
Men’s USports Championships will be held in Halifax, NS, March 10-12, 2023. Matt Boyle
Women’s USports Championships will be held in Sydney, NS, March 9-12, 2023
Keep and maintain officiating records on evaluations, assignments, etc.
Once the existing policy expires, a new policy will be negotiated. It is anticipated the new policy will result in an increase in costs.
No change to the present shirts. The NSBO crested jacket replaces the CABO jacket when members need a new jacket. This year’s orders must be submitted to Paul Hanson. The Nova Scotia jacket is being used at the AUS/ACAA level. The CBOC jackets and shirts will only be required for national tournaments.
Eighteen (18) Referee Coaches have been certified to provides NOCP evaluations in NS. NSBO’s objective is to provide each official with at least one evaluation per year.
Game Incident Reports
It is important for all officials to complete their Game Incident Reports in a timely fashion so NSBO can swiftly address officials’, fans and coaches’ inappropriate behavior.
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.
February 14, 2023