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  • 4/4/2018

    What a year for Women's Basketball!!!  I would like to thank all that were involved in our game for an outstanding season.

    Thanks so much to all the coordinators!  Our game is in a good space due to your tireless work with your staffs. 

    Officials, please know that your quality work from the preseason, regular season and throughout the postseason was truly impressive.  Your efforts to feel the connection to the game, and each other, is notable and appreciated in our quest for consistency in rules application, court coverage, mechanics, crew dynamics and leadership. I am truly grateful for your professionalism and the commitment you displayed in every game.

    The Mechanics Committee has developed and approved the 2018 Camp Teaching Points for all summer camps. Please see the links below to the teaching points document and power point, also posted under Camp Teaching Points:

    2018 Camp Teaching Points Document

    2018 Camp Teaching Points PowerPoint

    The changes/additions on the Camp Teachings Points document are highlighted in yellow and the non highlighted points are areas we still need continued improvement.

    Make sure you take some time to smell the roses with your family and friends and enjoy life.

    Again, thanks for your dedication and work to make this game the very best!

    Feeling the connection to all!

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Officials

  • 2/13/2018

    A few quick reminders:

    1.  Stay consistent enforcing Freedom of Movement in screening situations.  Improvement on calling illegal hand off screens is noted.  Keep it up!

    2.  Rule 10-10.5.

    Officials must remain consistent throughout the game. We are still seeing issues with the stayed back of the hand on the dribbler going to the basket.  When we stay consistent and call this illegal contact, the players will adjust.

    3.  Three-seconds in the lane is a point of emphasis. 

    With a post presence we are starting to see offensive post players remaining in the lane for MORE than 3 seconds.  Remember, we are not to make a tight three-second call but officials are to call this violation when the offensive player is in the lane for MORE than 3 seconds.  This is part of our Freedom of Movement initiative …enforce this rule.

    4.  RA/ LDB: Make sure the primary official referees the legal guarding position of the defender first, and then pick up the line. 

    Trail and Center are to do their job and locate the feet of the secondary defender and the LDB.  When you anticipate the play and execute your help responsibilities, you will be able to provide clear and accurate help information on these types of plays.

    5.  Rebounding…Rebounding… Rebounding.

    All three officials must know and execute primary and secondary rebounding coverage responsibilities.  Make sure that the Trail and Center are holding their positions and not leaving too soon.  Know that when there is a three-point attempt, that the primary official is observing   the shooter and defender, they will be late in picking up coverage on the rebound. The other two officials have to extend their coverage until the primary official has completed refereeing the entire play and the shooter has legally returned to the floor.

    After the rebound is secured, hold your positions, keep your eyes on the players, and get the first foul. If we miss that first foul, excessive physicality will occur.  Get the first foul!

    6.  Bench Decorum/Sportsmanship is a point of emphasis and must be enforced throughout the game.

    Make sure coaches are addressed!  Use your communication skills to defuse; but if needed, follow with a warning or a technical foul.  You will be supported by all coordinators on enforcing this point of emphasis.

    7.  Manage dead dall situations and review Quick Hit alert posted 1-19-2018 and Video Bulletin Eight. 

    Keep your eyes on the players, and expect that after you blow the whistle, something may occur.  HOLD your position!

    8.  As you know at this time of the season every possession is so very important.

    Held Ball plays have always been contentious and this will ramp up even more. Make sure you move in on this play, especially with players on the floor.  Use your voice as well.  Game management is part of doing your job.

    9.  Please review Monitor Review Protocol.

    What we need to improve upon is informing coaches what we are going to the monitor to review, followed by making sure we just have just two officials at the monitor at a time.  Throughout the review process, the third official needs to stand halfway between the center circle and the sideline facing the table to observe both teams in their bench areas. Continue your good work of communicating the decision to the coaches and media talent.

    10.  When reviewing fight/altercation situations, take the review one piece at a time. 

    Start with the “how” and “who started” parts of the incident. These players make up the inner ring of the situation.  The outer ring, or next wave, is made up of the players on the court who move to either become escalators or peace makers. The last piece would be to review the benches and who left the bench area.  Don’t forget to count the number of players on the court in this review piece.  Don’t try to see and judge the whole pie; take it in pieces and you will increase your likelihood of seeing all the action and making accurate decisions on this challenging review. 

    Thanks to all of you for your solid work in servicing the game with professionalism and integrity.  In this intense time of the season, MIG (MIND IN THE GAME), ENDURANCE (BRING IT HOME), and FEELING THE CONNECTION (GAME, PARTNERS, PLAYERS AND COACHES) is critical to working this great game with the best you have!

    Truly enjoy the moments!

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Officials

  • 2/8/2018


    IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY ENTERED YOUR TOTAL NUMBER OF GAMES WORKED…

    You MUST complete the survey stating the total number of games worked as well as how many games you worked by conference!

    https://ncaa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_067EVEMKS6QMwaV

    REMEMBER YOU MUST WORK 25 COLLEGIATE GAMES AND 20 NCAA DIVISON I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAMES.

    THE SURVEY WILL BE OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 16TH AT 5 PM ET.

  • 2/7/2018

    The NCAA Women's Mechanics Committee is now accepting your mechanics change proposals. 

    Please use this form (Word Version or PDF Version) 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 7, 2018. 
     
    June L. Courteau
    National Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officiating
     
    Patty Broderick
    Chairperson of Women's Basketball Mechanics Committee
  • 2/6/2018

    Every minute, a woman is diagnosed with cancer in this country. That is one mother. One sister. One daughter. One wife. Every 60 seconds. Join officials from across the country in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the fight against ALL women's cancers. Together, we are helping to "stop the clock" on cancer.

    Click the logo below to read a message from Kay Yow Cancer Fund CEO, Stephanie Glance and donate.  

  • 1/19/2018

    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 of the game consistently and accurately throughout the game. This is the time of the season that the perception of us not to enforce the rules and points of emphasis 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.

    We are starting to see some players exhibit taunting and baiting actions directed at their opponents.  

    Per Appendix III Officiating Guidelines Section 1. 2. a.b.c.d.e.f. These examples of unsporting behavior by student athletes and/or coaches include, but are not limited to:

    Finger pointing, clapping in opponent(s) face, verbal jawing, inappropriate gestures that are provoking and intimidating will not be tolerated and rules regarding unsporting conduct will be enforced.

    Officials must stay visually connected to the players after the whistle and throughout the dead ball period. When all officials expect that there may be illegal action after the whistle is sounded you must hold your position and when you keep your eyes on the players you will not miss seeing if the legal celebration by the players is directed to their teammates or if taunting or baiting actions are directed at their opponent(s).  The teaching point of slowing down at the point of the foul and keeping your eyes on the players was emphasized in all camps and in all Regional Clinics and officials are expected to execute this mechanic.  When you are feeling the connection to the players and to the game you will be more aware of the potential for this type of illegal action to occur and better able to manage the situation and enforce the rules as written.   

    As we have said before, our game is in a great space and the image of the game is positive…I know all of you will continue to do your part to maintain and grow that positive image.

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

  • 12/18/2017

    Thanks to all for a positive roll out of the new rules and points of emphasis.

    Your work on enforcing the rules as written and managing the game is impressive and appreciated.  It is a pleasure watching you do your job!

     

    There is much information posted on the Central Hub for officials throughout the season. There are video bulletins posted by the national coordinator, which illustrate correct rulings for plays and officiating techniques. The “Ask Jon” section allows officials, coaches, coordinators and administrators to submit questions to the secretary-rules editor. Responses posted in this section are based on existing rules and approved rulings. When a question or situation arises that is not covered by the playing rules, interpretations and/or clarifications are issued and are posted in the appropriate section on the Hub. All of these information sources are important tools for officials and should be reviewed regularly.

     

    A Few Quick Hits:

     

    1. Freedom of movement starts with consistent enforcement of Rule 10.10.5. Call the illegal contact on the BHD and enforce throughout the entire game…stay the course.

     

    2. Rebounding coverage has been strong from all 3 positions and fouls have been called on illegal contact as the ball is on it’s way to the basket and as it is coming off the rim

     

    We also have seen officials call the illegal contact by the defender on the offensive player, after possession of the rebound, thereby reducing physicality in this area. Stay persistent on calling this type of illegal contact.

     

    3. With the onset of the 4 foot arch there have been more RA/LDB plays and Center and Trail officials are focusing are their areas of help coverage to provide help as needed. This help information has been effective on increasing our call accuracy.

     

    4. Illegal post play is being called but improvement is needed on calling the first foul and not waiting for the 2nd and 3rd illegal contact to occur before we blow the whistle. Stay vigilant on making sure that both the offense and defense are legal on initial set ups, entry pass and also as players  move to maintain their legal positions. Referee the players in your primary coverage areas.

     

    5. Continue to let plays finish to the basket as this will give you the time to referee the legality of the defender and judge whether the contact  by the defense or the offense is incidental or illegal.

     

    6. Regarding Bench Decorum and Sportsmanship, remember when a coach is clearly and completely outside the coaching box and not engaged in unsporting behavior, the coach is to be warned.  Following the warning, a technical foul is to be assessed when the coach is again clearly and completely outside the box.  Any egregious behavior, inside or outside the coaching box is to be penalized without warning…this is a point of emphasis!

     

    7. Obvious illegal contact must be called and correct signals, especially showing the fist up on all fouls, need to be displayed.  Slow Down!

     

    I want to thank all of you for your dedication and hard work. When we approach every game with MIG, Endurance to Bring it Home and Feel the Connection to the game and all involved, great things will happen!

     

    Be safe out there and enjoy the moments.

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Officials

  • 12/18/2017

    Two seasons and four weeks after significant rules changes were put in place to bring back a free-flowing, offensively oriented, fundamentally sound brand of play, NCAA women’s basketball stakeholders are still praising the improvements while statistical data continues to confirm that the needle is pointing in the right direction.  Click to read the full article.

  • 12/6/2017

    Message to Division 1,2,3 Administrators, Coaches, Coordinators and Officials:

    An interpretation was posted on ArbiterSports December 4, 2017, which addressed timeouts and the option to advance the ball.

    A timeout is not granted when the head coach or a player on the playing court asks for it; rather, it is granted when the official blows the whistle. Projected timeouts are not permitted. The head coach may certainly tell an official they want a timeout if the opponent’s last free throw or a field goal is successful, or when the coach’s player gets the rebound or controls the ball after there is a change of possession in the team’s backcourt. However, the head coach must still ask for the timeout when the ball is dead after the free throw or field goal, or when the coach’s player is holding the ball for the throw-in or the player is in control of the ball on the court after the rebound/change of possession.

    Situations have occurred where an official blows their whistle for a timeout when one may not be granted. The throw-in is in the air when they blow the whistle, or a player on the court has released the ball on a pass or dribble. When the ball is not dead, in the thrower-in’s hands or is loose on the playing court when the official blows their whistle for a timeout, this is an inadvertent whistle. The following list should be helpful to you:

    When a coach or a player requests a timeout and the ball is:

    1. Already released on a throw-in after a score and the throw-in has not ended (the ball has not been legally touched by a player on the playing court inbounds or out of bounds): this is an inadvertent whistle. The official will ask the coach if they still want the timeout and they MAY advance the ball.

    2. Already released on a throw-in after a score and the throw-in has ended and the ball is loose: this is an inadvertent whistle. The official will ask the coach if they still want the timeout and they may NOT advance the ball.

    3. Already loose after an opponent batted the ball from the rebounder/player’s hands: this is an inadvertent whistle. The official will ask the coach if they still want the timeout and they MAY advance the ball.

    4. Already loose after a player on the court fumbled the ball:  this is an inadvertent whistle. The official will ask the coach if they still want the timeout and they MAY advance the ball.

    5. Already released by the player in control to start a dribble: This is a legal timeout request, but the option to advance the ball is NOT available.

    6. Already released by the player in control of the ball on a pass: this is an inadvertent whistle. The official will ask the coach if they still want the timeout and they may NOT advance the ball.

    Now, the officials may judge that the ball was still in the thrower-in’s hands, or in the hands of the player on the court when the whistle sounded. This is a judgment of the officials and it is not reviewable using an available courtside monitor.
     

    FROM:  

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

     
    June L. Courteau, National Coordinator
    NCAA Women’s Basketball Officiating 
                                                         
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • 11/3/2017

    We Are In This Together

    I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making the Regional Clinics such a positive learning experience.

    The in depth discussions and active participation throughout every session was impressive by all!

    Thanks to Tina Krah, coordinators and regional advisors for your tireless work and support.  You are just the best group of dedicated professionals!  

    A special thanks to Charlene and Violet for leading the officials in the rebounding breakout.  Your willingness to share your expertise and give of your time is greatly appreciated.  

    Jon and I would like to thank all the officials who came to the clinics ready to work, learn, share and challenge each other and us to be best. We felt your energy and were connected to you and your dedication to this great game and are the better for it.

    With all officials focusing on the consistent enforcement of the rules of the game and points of emphasis, I  am confident we will create a positive playing environment which is respectful of all involved.  Our game is in a good space and when we allow freedom of movement for players to show case their awesome  talents we will continue to move Women's Basketball to the next level.     

    We have set our course and I know we are all ready to pull together with intense focus on keeping our Mind In The Game and physically Bring It Home.  Oh, and when we truly stay connected and Feel the Connection to all involved what great games there will be!!!

    Let's do our Job!

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Officials

  • 11/1/2017

    The 2017 Preseason Exam Review conference call will be conducted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, beginning at 8PM EST. The call information is as follows:

    Number: (712) 775-7031
    Access code: 402-405-190

    The call will be recorded, and once the call is over information will be posted/emailed regarding accessing the recording.

  • 10/12/2017

    Last season, we posted “quick hit” messages after some of the regional clinics in order to share some of the questions posed at the clinics and to clarify or correct information as needed. There are two items we would like to share with you at this time.

    1. Cancellation of Equal Foul Penalties.

    A question was raised concerning a “layered play” situation that involves a timeout followed by a foul prior to the ball becoming live. To illustrate, let us look at this example:

    Play: Following a held ball, A1 commits an unsportsmanlike foul against B1. Prior to the ball becoming live for Team B’s free throw, Team A is granted a timeout. After the timeout, and before the ball is placed at Team B’s disposal for the first free throw, B1 commits an unsportsmanlike foul against A1.

    Ruling: As the two unsportsmanlike fouls occurred during the same dead-ball period, the foul penalties are cancelled after the fouls are charged to A1 and B1. Play will resume with a throw-in to the team entitled to the alternating-possession throw-in at the out-of-bounds spot nearest to where the held ball occurred.

    2. Monitor Review of 2/3 try with 59.9 seconds or less remaining in the game.

    When the rules committee adopted Rule 11-2.1.b.1, which permits the review to determine whether a try was a two- or three-point field goal to occur during the next electronic-media timeout (or during the intermission following the first, second or third periods when the error occurs after the electronic-media timeout in each of those periods), it was under the proviso that the potential correctable error be recognized before the statute of limitations in Rule 2-12.3 is reached; that is, the error must be recognized before the second live ball following the goal. When there are no electronic-media timeouts remaining in the fourth period, or the potential correctable error occurs during an extra period, the error must be recognized during the correctable error time frame in Rule 2-12.3. This is true whether the game clock continues to run following the made goal or is stopped per Rule 2-10.12. 

    The officiating practice has been, when there are no electronic-media timeouts remaining in the fourth period, or the 2/3 situation occurs at any time during an extra period, to immediately review the try once the ball became dead following the goal. This does not conflict with the rule. But it is important for officials to understand that should play not be stopped immediately following the goal, they do have until the second live ball following the goal to review the play.

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

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

  • 10/3/2017

    Officials,
     
    The closing date for the preseason officiating exam has been pushed back to Tuesday, October 31 at 5PM ET to alleviate concerns related to the shipment of the rule book, case book and CCA Manual.
     
    Respectfully,
     
    Jon M. Levinson
    NCAA Women’s Basketball Secretary-Rules Editor
     
    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator for Women’s Basketball Officiating
  • 10/2/2017

    Please click here to view Welcome Packets Update.

  • 10/2/2017

    The Atlanta Tipoff Club today announced winners of the Naismith College Official of the Year awards, with John Higgins being honored as the men’s game official, and Al Link as the women’s game recipient.  Both are being recognized in ceremonies this Fall.  Read Press Release
  • 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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