CSBOA: Philosophy

Saturday, January 28
JUST ASKING FOR AN EXPLANATION (CLICK HERE)

Sunday, November 27
BLOCK-CHARGE PLAYS IN ORDER OF DIFFICULTY

Sunday, November 27
OFFICIATING FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT




Monday, November 14
PERCEPTION IS REALITY

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The popular saying “perception is reality’ has been recycled in many forms over the years and attributed to many.   Author Anais Nin may have stated the “perception philosophy the best when she said, “We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.”  This may be very true when the whole philosophy is overlaid on basketball officiating.

My valued mentor Gary Montel has for years always told his crew mates just before taking the floor, “ Let’s call them like they occur, not as we see them.”  For a long time I didn’t understand  exactly what Gary meant by this statement.  Then, one cold Sunday afternoon at Colorado College it finally dawned on me when I took the floor with Gary.  He was saying that our perception of a play is our reality of the play.  So, his point was to encourage us to make sure we have the right perception, and if our perception of the play is valid our reality (our call) will be valid or authentic, true and correct.

 

Since that day I have been thinking a great deal about what goes into or makes up our perception.  I have come to the conclusion that our perception is made up of three areas.  They are rules understanding, philosophy and our “look” or angle on the play.  If our rules base for a particular play situation, say block-charge, is faulty then our perception will be faulty.  If we don’t understand that a defender may move to “maintain” legal guarding position our perception will be flawed or invalid and we will have a greater probability of jacking up the call.

Additionally, if our philosophy of calling this play is not solid then our perception will be at least somewhat flawed.  It behooves us then to make sure that whatever philosophies, guidelines or acronyms we use to help us sort out a particular play have a solid foundation.  One such philosophy may pertain to how you call a bang-bang block charge play.  My friend Doran Gotschall calls these tough plays “tweeners.” They are so close they are “inbetween” legal and a foul.  Most experienced officials have a philosophy or default setting for calling “tweeners.”  Mine is that if on a block-charge “tweener” the ball handler is on the floor the default setting is a charge.  If the ball handler is airborne, then the setting changes to a “block” due to the safety concerns for the airborne player.  These default settings color my perception of any block-charge play I see, so I hope they are grounded in sound basketball philosophy.

Maybe the biggest factor affecting “perception” and ultimately our reality is our view of the play.  We always strive to have an “open” look.  An open look is a 90 degree or “cross cut” look.  It is wide open, seeing “through” the two players involved in the lay.  A closed or invalid look is one where we are looking through bodies to see the action.  It is a 180 or ‘stacked” look. Often we find ourselves in a “closed look” viewing numbers on backs of jerseys and looking at butts.  Open looks, I believe, help us have a valid perception and ultimately an authentic “reality” of the play at hand.  Closed looks are more apt to give us a mis-perception and in the end a false reality resulting in a missed call.

Strive to have the most possible valid perception of all the plays you officiate.  Be well grounded in the rules, have solid philosophies and continually move to find the open look. If you do all that, you have a much greater chance of having a authentic reality of the play.  And that’s what we work for. 

“Your agreement with reality defines your life.”

 

 

 



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28 Mar 10 - THE MATCH GAME

2009 Ideas

19 Jan 10 - Hug a Ref

2008 Ideas

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THINGS WE NEED TO DO BETTER

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PHILOSOPHY ON THE FIRST FOUL CALL OF THE GAME

MISSING CALLS

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BE PREPARED

DON RUTLEDGE WITH SOME RULES FOR OFFICIATING

BE COMING A BETTER OFFICIAL

DEAD BALL EFFICIENCY

2007 Ideas

WHAT'S A FOUL?

AUDIO FROM CSBOA CLINIC--TEAM CONTROL BY RAY LUTZ

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Post Play....AUDION FROM CSBOA CLINIC --Riker/Gaddie

Block-Charge AUDIO FROM CSBOA CLINIC...HAROLD BROWN

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16 Nov 10 - YET MORE ON THE TOWER PHILOSOPHY

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