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The Warrant of an Ejection

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Ejecting a player/coach from the game is no easy task.  Matter of fact, certain ejections bring confusion and chaos to the game when it isn’t warranted.  I stumbled across a discussion online about justifying an ejection in baseball.  (https://umpire-empire.com/topic/65264-what-warrants-an-ejection/)

Very similar with sportsmanship and respect for the game, they utilize the 3 P’s (Personal, Prolonged, and Profane) to constitute an ejection. I’d thought I’d share this with you.

Let’s take a look at this play that resulted in an ejection.


As Lou Williams began to react to the questionable call by the official, he prolonged his reaction.  As it prolonged, it became profane.  The technical was issued.  The second technical was automatic as it became personal.  The ejection was self-explainable.

Here’s another clip.  Players from opposite teams do play around with each other sometimes during dead ball.  During those times, it may look weird, but the intension may not be there.  There was no profane, no prolonged but a possible personal.  This ejection was almost confusing.

 A single technical foul can be warranted for an ejection.  You don't have to be a basketball professional to know what constitutes an ejection.  An ejection should be an action by a player or coach, that speaks for itself with no explanation.  Rethink your game if you find yourself explaining why that ejection was warranted.


Prelude to the Fight

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A very difficult moment to manage that throws every game off instantly.  Some officials can stop it by forcefully over-officiating every foul in the game, but you can ruin what could be a good game.  Take a look at these plays, which resulted in the game going out of control. 


Fouls and irritants that we allow to happen in the game we encourage.  When we don’t get the first foul, every foul after that usually gets worse until a foul is called.  If the game got out of control, it must have been the result of at least one of the following:

  • Not enough fouls were called, which turned into a physical game.
  • A lot of disrespectful talking between the players was allowed in the game.
  • Call inconsistency.

I’m sure I may be missing a few points which can let the game out of control.  The point of this article is when to catch it prior to it completely folding.

You can’t stop players from committing stupid and/or hard fouls.  It’s a part of the game.  These hard fouls tend to lead to fights breaking out.  There is one thing that is consistent prior to every fight that breaks out in sports.

The longer the players that are involved in the play stay close together after every hard/crucial foul, a fight is potential.  As an official, we must stay connected to the play after the foul has been called until the players are separated from each other.



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.

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?

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.



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