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Sunday, 26 March 2023
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John Guerreros' Blogs

My Pre-Game

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Before my games, I generally prepare myself mentally.  Sometimes, I’ll run through the “Officiating A to Z, Referee Goals for Every Game you Work” handout.  It’s a great way to review of some key philosophies to calling a good game.

Here’s the link to download the handout:  https://www.ipaboa.com/downloads23.html?task=download.send&id=5&catid=3&m=0

Here are my top 5.

  • Awareness.The key word to success — keep a high concentration level.
  • Impact.Know when you blow the whistle it may have an effect on the game. Always be sure. (Remember letter G above!)
  • Jump first.When defenders jump first, find the point of contact. It’s hard to have marginal contact on a jump shooter. Locate where he or she touches the offensive player first.
  • No corners, only strikes.When calling in your secondary area, throw a strike — not on the corners, but right down the middle.
  • eXecute your principles. Use the same principles every night. Work them and that will make you consistent.

What are you top 5?

Physical Fitness

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A definite issue especially during this time is the ability to maintain a healthy body.  When you’re stuck at home, traveling with work, on vacation, or quarantining, it isn’t always easy to stick to an exercise routine or maintain your fitness goals. You may only have limited access to fitness facilities or find it difficult to adjust to a new routine. Perhaps you miss the camaraderie of your gym, the familiarity of swimming laps in your local pool, or the social connection from walking or hiking with your usual group of workout buddies. If you’re used to attending a fitness class with a motivating instructor, you might also be disappointed in the intensity of workouts on your own.

Prioritize your workouts. People who put their fitness activities on the same calendar as their regular appointments tend to stick to their plan. You wouldn’t cancel your appointment with your dentist because you were busy with work or just didn’t feel like it at that moment. Rather, you’d fulfill your obligation and then return to work afterwards.

Workout at the time that’s right for you. Many people who maintain a long-term exercise program workout in the mornings. Completing your fitness routine in the morning can energize you and set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Others find it helpful to take a break from work and get moving in the afternoon when their energy is flagging. A burst of activity can stimulate the brain and help you push through the rest of the tasks on your to-do list.

Be specific in your goals—and track your workouts. Rather than aim to “get in better shape,” set a concrete goal such as “walk 30 minutes in the morning on Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday.” Try one of the many fitness trackers or smartphone apps available to keep a record of your progress—or simply use a calendar to note the length of your workout, distance, and effort level. Tracking your progress can help keep you accountable, provide a sense of accomplishment, and encourage you to keep going.

Unfair Shot Clock

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Scrutiny may happen in a heated game.  It comes in all forms of entity of the game of basketball.  A known fan in the stands that yells at a player consistently can be scrutinizing.    You might even have had an equipment manager that have deflated the ball enough for a home team win.  One of the most missed is the shot clock

When a shot clock doesn’t start on time, it creates irritants in the game.  Especially if it happens to just one team.  Typically the visiting team will encounter a shot clock that seems to starts a little earlier for the visiting team.  Instead of having a full 24 seconds to set up and run a play, you now have to make it work in 15 to 18 seconds.

Trust me.  It's not only an irritant to the game but to spectators as well.  They see it!!!!!

If its happening in your game, eliminate it!  Keep the game professional.



2022 NBA Season

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Teams are preparing for the upcoming 2021 – 2022 season, and so should you.  There are still some key changes happening in the off-season with many teams.  Expect to see new officials on staff. 

I like to keep the link to the NBA Officials home page available to readily look up or search any rules, the officials media guide and even point of education.

Great Page!!

Here’s the Link:


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