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  • 9/14/2017

    Mary Toberman has been named NCAA Division III women’s basketball national coordinator of officials, bringing more than 19 years of officiating experience to the position.

    Toberman will direct officiating efforts around the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship including selection of officials for the championship based on their nomination/ranking from recommendations of conference coordinators of officials and conference offices.  As coordinator, she will also develop a method to evaluate the officials’ performance during the regular season and championship.  Toberman will report to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship manager, NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Coordinator and NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Committee.

    “I am thrilled that the NCAA is making the investment in Division III women's basketball by starting this position,” said Toberman.  “I think we have an opportunity to build on our strong officiating community to bring even more consistency, quality and unity to our game across all regions of the country.”

    An NCAA women’s basketball referee at the Division I, II and III levels from 2002 to 2017, Toberman was selected to officiate in the Division III national championship rounds in 2009 and 2013, Division II regional rounds in 2014, 2016 and 2017 and the Division I WNIT first-round in 2017.  In addition to her collegiate work, Toberman worked Premier Basketball League (PBL) men’s games from 2007 to 2010 and served previously as a high school varsity official in Oregon and Minnesota.

    Currently an account project leader for DXC Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Toberman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the University of Washington in 1991, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree from Capella University in 2014.  

    “The committee is eager to begin working with Mary on officiating initiatives,” said Kelly Whitaker, NCAA Assistant Director of Championships and Alliances.  “She brings a lot of enthusiasm and sound ideas to the process.  Mary’s on-court officiating experience will lend a needed perspective in bridging the gap between the national coordinator, conference coordinators and officials.  All this will translate into assigning the highest quality officials which provides the best championship experience for the student-athletes.”

  • 9/6/2017

    The shipping of welcome packets to 2017-18 registered officials will begin as soon as the new rules books are received from the printer, which is estimated to be in mid-September.  Officials who registered first will be the first to receive their welcome packet.  This year’s packet includes the 2017-18 and 2018-19 NCAA Basketball Rules Book, 2018 NCAA Basketball Case Book, and 2017-18 CCA Mechanics Manual.

  • 8/1/2017

    Welcome to the 2017-18 women’s basketball season!  I am confident that we are all poised and ready to get back on the court to work this great game.  Together let’s make it the best ever!

    We will continue to use ArbiterSports and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Officiating Central Hub to communicate important basketball information.  Please visit the Center Court Central Hub frequently to stay current on the latest Women’s Basketball officiating news and information.

    On the central hub, you will be able to read the latest rules interpretations from the Secretary-Rules Editor and bulletins from the National Coordinator, complete your requirements to be considered for a postseason assignment, take periodic rules quizzes, and review videos clips on correct application of the rules and mechanics of officiating.

    To register, click the REGISTRATION Tab at the top of the page.

    The 2017-18 NCAA Women's Basketball Officiating Exam will be available on the TESTING Tab in October.  When available, the 2017-18 Women’s Basketball Officiating Video can be accessed on the VIDEO Tab.  Searchable rules and case books are available by clicking on the RULES BOOK Tab.

    This year’s Welcome Packet includes the 2017-18 and 2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Book, 2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Case Book, and 2017-18 Women's CCA Mechanics Manual.  Please note that Welcome Packets will begin shipping in September, after the new rule books are printed.

    For Regional Clinic Registration, please click HERE.  When you register for the clinic, be sure to use the same email address that you used for your NCAA Women's Basketball central hub registration to ensure you receive credit (a green checkmark) in your Eligibility Center.

    The ArbiterMobile app is now available at no cost to NCAA registered officials. To download the app, please complete this season's officials' registration, and then click here to read ArbiterMobile FAQs.

    Thank you for being a critical part of the Women’s Basketball Improvement Program.  If you have ideas or suggestions for improvement, please email me at courtref@comcast.net.

    I know we are ready for the challenges, demands, and joys of officiating!  I am looking forward to seeing you at the Regional Clinics and throughout the upcoming season.

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating

  • 7/21/2017

    We would like to take this opportunity to inform you that we have hired a new Regional Advisor in the West.  Wanda Szeremeta will replace Larry Neidich.  We would like to thank Larry for his hard work for the past three years.  Wanda has 22 years of Division I officiating experience.  Wanda will join Denny Mayer, Midwest Region; Judy Stroud, South Region and Diane Plas, East Region. 

    Looking forward to the start of another awesome year!

    Tina Krah

  • 7/7/2017

    NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Officials:

    Registration for the 2017 Regional Clinics is now open.

    (Please remember the email you use to sign up for the Regional Clinics). Use the same one to register on the NCAA Women's Basketball central hub when registration opens on August 1.  If you use a different email address, you will not receive credit in your Eligibility Center.

    The dates, location and deadline for the NCAA room rates are listed below. Remember to be eligible to work the 2018 DI NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, you must attend one Regional Officiating Clinic.

    Please register for the upcoming Regional Clinics by clicking HERE.
     

    Date

    Location

    City

    NCAA Rate Deadline

    NCAA Rate Deadline

    Sunday, Sept. 24

    Marriott Phoenix Airport

    Phoenix, AZ

    $109

    September 8th

    Sunday, Oct. 8

    NCAA Office^

    Indianapolis, IN

    $122

    September 14th

    Sunday, Oct. 15

    Atlanta Airport Marriott

    Atlanta, GA

    $102

    September 22nd

    Saturday, Oct. 21

    Philadelphia Airport Marriott

    Philadelphia, PA

    $132

    October 6th

  • 4/20/2017

    Please click here to review the 2017 Camp Teaching Points PowerPointprepared by the Mechanics Committee.

  • 2/17/2017

    Thanks to all of you for your solid work in servicing the game with professionalism and integrity.  In this intense time of the season it is critical that we continue to enforce the rules as written, allow for freedom of movement and put whistles on obvious illegal contact.

    A few quick reminders:
                   

    1.  Rule 10.1.4 must and will be consistently called. Coaches and players have come to expect this call to be made.  Call illegal contact when the defender makes illegal contact by body bumping, pushing and not maintaining legal body contact by moving toward the dribbler. body bumps, pushes or the dribbler

     

    2.  We have seen an escalation of illegal contact in the post on initial set ups and also when players are moving from block to block and through the lane area.  Obvious illegal contact is also occurring before the offensive post player receives the ball on the entry pass into the post. Either the offensive player is displacing (backing the defender down} or the defender is displacing her opponent by illegally moving (pushing) her farther away from the basket.  Focus on calling the first foul and not allowing illegal contact that is uncalled to lead to excessive physicality in the post.  With a strong post presence, it is important to have quality rotations which would allow us to have 2 officials on the same side of the floor as the ball.  Look for reasons to rotate.

     

    3. Do not allow excessive physicality to ramp up on rebounding plays.   See the play, make a decision and if there is illegal contact call the foul! Stay “home” in rebounding situations.

     

    4.  Freedom of Movement in every game needs our constant and consistent attention and enforcement.  Continue to focus on making sure that the defense is legal when offensive players are cutting through the lane.  Many of these cutting situations occur when the offensive player cuts through the lane after making a pass to the weak side and we are now in rotation. Make solid position adjust decisions to referee the defender on screens that are set for shooters.  Referee the defender and the screener and if the shooter is attempting a 3-point shot use your peripheral vision to pick up the line.   Please review video 8 Post and Screens. 

     

    5.  Unsporting conduct for players, coaches and bench personnel must be addressed. Use your communication skills to diffuse and if needed issue a warning or if egregious assess a Technical foul.  As we said in the clinics, maintaining a positive image of our game is important to all, and you will be supported for penalizing unsporting conduct. Also, remind coaches to keep their players in the bench area and off the floor especially in close game situations.  Remember when a head coach displays unsorting conduct per Rul4 10-4.1 and an assistant coach steps in to hold back the head coach to calm her/him down, the behavior of the head coach is still unsporting and therefore a technical foul will be assessed to the head coach. 

     

    6.  Maintain your focus during all dead ball situations. After calling a foul be patient, and stay at the spot of the foul till all players are separated. Expect the unexpected!

     

    7.  Review Rule 11 Instant Replay, in your pregame. 

     

    We know that when you are in total MIG engagement and display Endurance to Bring the game “home” with quality calls, and strong game management, you will have “Done Your Job” with the best that you have!  

    Enjoy the moments!

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Officials

  • 1/31/2017

    The NCAA Women's Mechanics Committee is now accepting your mechanics change proposals. 
     
    Please use this form to record your proposal and rationale.  PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY ONE PROPOSAL PER SUBMISSION. This form must be fully completed in order for the proposal to be accepted. All proposals must be received by March 1, 2017. 
     
    June L. Courteau
    National Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officiating

    Patty Broderick
    Chairperson of Women's Basketball Mechanics Committee
  • 1/6/2017

    Conference play is here and the intensity of each game is already off the charts.  Every possession is so very important to all and we must be ready to enforce the rules consistently and accurately throughout the game. This is the time of the season that the perception of us not to enforce the rules and areas of concern consistently, starts to bubble to the surface. MIG is without question critical for call accuracy to remain high and for this perception to remain a false one.

    I want to emphasize that Bench Decorum issues have the potential to increase at this time of the season and we must and will enforce Rule 10, Sections 3 and 4, and the guidelines located in Appendix III. The Sportsmanship Memorandum from the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee that was sent to all conference personnel, coaches and officials clearly supports our efforts to make sure that the image of our game remains positive. 

    One area that needs our immediate attention is when a head coach displays unsporting conduct per Rule 10-4.1 and an assistant coach steps in to hold back a head coach to calm her/him down, the behavior of the head coach is still unsporting and therefore a technical foul will be assessed to the head coach. 

    With thorough pregames and quality leadership it is apparent that there has been improvement on understanding and trusting the system which has produced less ball watching.  Off ball illegal contact is being called resulting in freedom of movement being allowed.  Keep it up. 

    Continue to have the endurance to bring each game “home” with high call accuracy and strong game management.  

    Let us pull together for the game and the crew!

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating

  • 12/13/2016

    Make sure when we meet with the table crew prior to the game that we inform the scorer the proper way to communicate when the team has committed their fifth TEAM Foul and when the player has committed HER fifth foul.

    Rule 2 Official and Their Duties
    Section 9. Duties of the Scorers
    The scorer shall
    Art.4. Notify an official immediately when a player has committed her fifth foul.

    This notification by the scorer on the fifth foul committed by a player will be as follows:
    The scorer shall show five fingers using an open hand and verbalize “That’s the 5th foul on #33”.

    Section 9.
    The scorers shal
    Art.10. Signal the nearest official in each period when a player commits a common foul (except a player-control or team-control foul), beginning with the team's fifth foul, including, any combination of personal fouls and all technical fouls.

    This notification by the scorer on the fifth team foul will be as follows:
    The scorer shall show 2 fingers and verbalize “Team is in the bonus” when a team has accumulated 5 team fouls in a period.

    Remember the table crew are in your boat and are part of your crew.  MIG is important for all!

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating

    Jon M. Levinson
    NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor of Women’s Basketball

  • 10/28/2016

    The 2016 Preseason Exam Review conference call recording is now available. In order to access the recording:

    • Call (712) 775-7029

    • Access code: 402-405-190#

    • Reference number: 7

    The call is approximately 1:18 in length.

    Respectfully,

    Jon M. Levinson

    NCAA Women's Basketball Secretary-Rules Editor

  • 10/12/2016

    CCA Manual Corrections:

    Page 121
    3.4.3 Timeouts:
    A.3.b
    MechaniGram 64 (page 136) Correction:  Page 126
    MechaniGram 62/63 (page(129) Correction: Page 123

    Page 35
    1.2.2 Chucking the Cutter/Displacing Post Player with Forearms
    ...forearms chest high and perpendicular Correction: Parallel  to the floor...

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating

  • 9/29/2016

    Please review the update from the Atlanta clinic:

    After a foul call has been made, the officials may choose to use instant replay to determine whether the foul was a flagrant 1 personal foul, a flagrant 2 personal foul, a contact dead ball technical foul or a flagrant 2 contact technical foul. When the review determines that one of these fouls occurred, that foul shall be penalized. If the officials determine that a flagrant 2 personal or flagrant 2 contact technical foul did not occur, but a flagrant 1 personal, a contact dead ball technical foul or a common foul occurred, those fouls shall be penalized. When there is indisputable evidence via replay that there was no contact, the foul call shall be reversed with no foul charged.

    No other infractions may be penalized through the use of instant replay, nor may replay be used solely to determine the status of the ball.

    Play: Prior to the ball being at the disposal of thrower-in A1, B1 is called for a common foul and the foul is reported to the scorer.  The crew decides to use instant replay to see if the foul should be upgraded to a flagrant foul.  There is indisputable evidence that a contact dead ball technical foul was committed.  Ruling: The ruling shall be changed from a common foul to a contact dead ball technical foul. Any player or eligible team member of the offended team shall be awarded two free throws and the ball is awarded to the offended team at the point of interruption.

     

    Reminder: CCA Manual 4.7 Courtside Replay Equipment Protocol
    C. Using The Replay Equipment 1.

    Page 181
    Communicate your decision on the play to the scorer before you go to the monitor for your review.

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officiating

    Jon M. Levinson
    NCAA Women's Basketball Secretary-Rules Editor

  • 9/22/2016

    With the start of the regional clinics, the season is “officially” underway for all of us. Dallas provided a great start for the first clinic and we are excited for the remaining clinics in Atlanta, Phoenix, and Philadelphia.

    Many questions, comments, and other concerns are often raised at each of the clinics, and when necessary, we will be providing brief “clinic updates” whenever necessary. For the Dallas clinic, please note the following items:

    • CCA Manual (also to be posted on the Hub)

    1) Page 143, Section 3.5.3.C.4.a: The first sentence should read, “ When a dribble-drive play goes down the lane, the lead needs to be NO nearer than the close down position to referee the legality of the secondary defender.”

    2) Pages 171-194, Section 4.4 Officials Pregame Conference: The section number “tabs”, located on the side of the pages, are not correct; however, the section numbers on pages 171, 172, 175, 179, and 186 are correct.

    • From the rules breakout session:

    1) A question was raised in the rules breakout concerning when the ball is awarded to the wrong team for a throw-in, and the following correction is to be noted. If a violation or foul (other than a technical or flagrant foul) occurs before the throw-in legally ends, this mistake may be corrected before the ball becomes live.

    Play 1: Team A is entitled to a throw-in but the ball is mistakenly placed at Team B’s disposal. B1’s throw-in is intentionally kicked by A1. The officials now recognize that the ball was mistakenly awarded to Team B.

    Ruling 1: The violation will be cancelled and the ball awarded to Team A at the original throw-in spot.

    Play 2: Team A is entitled to a throw-in but the ball is mistakenly placed at Team B’s disposal. Before B1’s throw-in is legally touched, A1 fouls B2. The officials now recognize the mistake.

    Ruling 2: The foul by A1 is canceled and the ball is awarded to Team A at the original throw-in spot.

    NOTE: If a technical or flagrant foul is committed before the throw-in ends, the foul shall not be cancelled.

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating

    Jon M. Levinson
    NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor of Women’s Basketball

  • 8/1/2016

    Well here we go again!  Another outstanding season for Women’s Basketball is right around the corner and I know all of us are excited to get back on the floor and work this great game! 

    We will continue to use ArbiterSports and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Officiating Central Hub to communicate important basketball information.  Please visit the Center Court Central Hub frequently to stay current on the latest Women’s Basketball officiating news and information.

    On the central hub, you will be able to read the latest rules interpretations from the Secretary-Rules Editor and bulletins from the National Coordinator, complete your requirements to be considered for a postseason assignment, take periodic rules quizzes, and review videos clips on correct application of the rules and mechanics of officiating.

    To register, click the REGISTRATION Tab at the top of the page.

    The 2016-17 NCAA Women's Basketball Officiating Exam will be available on the TESTING Tab on Friday, September 16.  When available, the 2016-17 Women’s Basketball Officiating Video can be accessed on the VIDEO Tab.  Searchable rules and case books are available by clicking on the RULES BOOK Tab.

    This year’s Welcome Packet includes the 2015-2016 and 2016-17 NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Book, 2017 NCAA Women's Basketball Case Book, and 2016-17 Women’s CCA Mechanics Manual. 

    For Regional Clinic Registration, please click HERE.  When you register for the clinic, be sure to use the same email address that you used for your ArbiterSports registration to ensure you receive credit (a green checkmark) in your Eligibility Center.

    Thank you for being a critical part of the Women’s Basketball Improvement Program.  If you have ideas or suggestions for improvement, please email me at courtref@comcast.net.

    I know we are ready for the challenges, demands, and joys of officiating!  I am looking forward to seeing you at the Regional Clinics and throughout the upcoming season.

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating

 
 
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