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  • 1/15/2019


    2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball In-Season Training Video 7 (Eligibility Requirement) is now available.  To view the required video, click the ELIGIBILITY Tab.

    After reading all information, click the Eligibility Center link.  The deadline to view the video is Thursday, January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 1/7/2019


    2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball In-Season Training Video 6 (Eligibility Requirement) is now available.  To view the required video, click the ELIGIBILITY Tab.

    After reading all information, click the Eligibility Center link.  The deadline to view the video is Thursday, January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 12/26/2018

    I hope all of you had a wonderful Holiday and are ready to make the turn into conference play.

    I would like to thank each and every one of you for your solid work and commitment in servicing the game night after night with class, professionalism and integrity.  We are now entering conference play where the intensity will indeed ramp up.  Officials must embrace this intensity and continue to listen, respect and believe each other and enforce the rules as written, allow for freedom of movement, put whistles on obvious illegal contact and work the system.

    A few quick points that need our attention:

    1.  We have seen an escalation of illegal contact in the post.

    Obvious illegal displacing contact is occurring before the offensive post player receives the ball on the entry pass into the post. The defender is using their lower leg/body and illegally displacing and moving the opponent away from the basket.  This displacement must be called.  Additionally, in the post, there has been slippage in consistent enforcement of what is legal and illegal contact by the post defender once the offensive post player receives the ball in the lane area with her back to the basket.

    Rule 10 Fouls and Penalties. Section 10. Personal Fouls. Article 6. states:

    It is a foul when a defender contacts a post player in control of the ball (with her back to the basket)

    a.  With her torso, leg or knee;

    b.  Anytime with two hands or two arm bars

    c.  Anytime with one hand and a locked arm; or

    d.  Anytime with an armbar NOT away from the defender’s body.

    Per Appendix III Section 3. Displacement a. b.

    When the offensive post player (is in the lane area) with her back to the basket and is in control of the ball (holding or dribbling), the post defender MAY place a forearm or one hand on the offensive post player.  When the defensive post player places one hand on the offensive post player, the defensive post player must have a bend in the elbow. An offensive post player becomes a ball handler when she turns and faces the basket. 

    When we enforce the rule with the guidelines then freedom of movement will be allowed in the post.  Calling the first foul will deter excessive physicality. 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. This needs our IMMEDIATE attention.

    2.  Rule 10.10.5 must and will be consistently called.  There must be no slippage here! This rule is very specific on the hand (s) arm bar contact that is and is not allowed on the bhd.

    Coaches and players have come to expect this call to be made.  Additionally, on drives to the basket if the defender and the bhd are in legal positions and are not hindered from participating in normal defensive or offensive movements the body contact shall be considered incidental. However, if either is displaced held, impeded and or Rhythm, Speed Balance and Quickness effected, then a foul needs to be called.  If the dribbler initiates contact into the legal defender your decision is either incidental contact or a player- control foul, but not a foul on the defender.

    3.  We have made positive steps forward on our rebounding coverage and calling illegal contact.  Every possession will be hotly contested so it is imperative that we continue to position adjust for open looks when the ball is on its way to the basket, when it comes off the rim and calling the illegal contact after the rebound has been secured.  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.  We are still seeing illegal hand-off screens with officials putting whistles on these plays. This is a good thing.  Also, screens that are initially set legally and then they reposition late need our focus throughout the play.   Officials, please review the screening category from the Instructional Video whichpresents the rule and the coverage responsibilities for multiple player screening situations.

    5. Officials need to continue to position adjust on the pass and not the catch by the 3pt shooter.  At times the primary official is getting stacked behind the shooter and has a closed look at the defender and the screener. Nationally our stats for 3 pt. attempts is at an all-time high of the 19.94 per team per game.    Execution of proper coverage is critical on this play.

    6.  It is imperative that the Bench Decorum and Sportsmanship rule and guidelines are consistently enforced.  Unsporting conduct for players, coaches and bench personnel must be addressed. Use your communication skills to diffuse and if needed warn early and for the next infraction issue a technical foul. Please review Bench Decorum Clarification posted on 12/5/18 on arbiter under News and Announcements and also the Bench Decorum/Sportsmanship section in the Instructional Video.  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. 

    7.  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.  During free throw administration execute your coverage responsibilities and keep your whistle in your mouth when the ball is live during all free throw attempts.We have seen the Trail either talking to the coach at the 28ft mark in the front court or talking to the coach in the back court during the administration of the first of 2 and the first and second of 3 free throws. The trail official needs to be in correct position for all free throw administrations. Review Mechanics Manual 3.2.3 Free Throws pgs.64-65

    8.  There has been noticeable improvement by the lead official picking up the secondary defender in the RA and slowing down to process the play.  The trail and center officials have been focusing on their help coverage responsibilities and are providing help more consistently.  Keep it up.

    We know the challenge that you face every night to create a safe playing environment for all players and your work to consistently apply the rules so that both teams will have an equal opportunity to win is impressive.

    We are with you in this endeavor and applaud you on how you are in total MIG mode every night and giving it your very best for the game. Bring it home and feel the connection. 

    Enjoy the moments!

    June L. Courteau
    NCAA National Coordinator of Officials

  • 12/20/2018

  • 12/18/2018


    2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball In-Season Training Video 5 (Eligibility Requirement) is now available.  To view the required video, click the ELIGIBILITY Tab.

    After reading all information, click the Eligibility Center link.  The deadline to view the video is Thursday, January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 12/11/2018


    2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball In-Season Training Video 4 (Eligibility Requirement) is now available.  To view the required video, click the ELIGIBILITY Tab.

    After reading all information, click the Eligibility Center link.  The deadline to view the video is Thursday, January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 12/5/2018

    Please click the link to view Bench Decorum Clarification (12/5/18), Prepared by Jon M. Levinson, Women’s Basketball Secretary-Rules Editor and June L. Courteau, National Coordinator.

  • 12/4/2018


    2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball In-Season Training Video 3 (Eligibility Requirement) is now available.  To view the required video, click the ELIGIBILITY Tab.

    After reading all information, click the Eligibility Center link.  The deadline to view the video is Thursday, January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 11/27/2018


    2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball In-Season Training Video 2 (Eligibility Requirement) is now available.  To view the required video, click the ELIGIBILITY Tab.

    After reading all information, click the Eligibility Center link.  The deadline to view the video is Thursday, January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 11/13/2018


    2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball In-Season Training Video 1 (Eligibility Requirement) is now available.  To view the required video, click the ELIGIBILITY Tab.

    After reading all information, click the Eligibility Center link.  The deadline to view the video is Thursday, January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 11/5/2018

    Well, here we go!

    The regular season of NCAA Women’s basketball is at long last here. I would like to send out my best to officials across all 3 divisions. I encourage every crew to LISTEN and RESPECT each other. FEEL THE CONNECTION to one another and to the game.  BELIEVE in and enforce the rules of the game and our sportsmanship initiative. BELIEVE in and execute our mechanics and signals every single game.

    Challenge yourself to be fully present and have your MIND IN THE GAME from start to finish.  You will be tested and I know you will have the ENDURANCE TO BRING IT HOME with your very best.

    Our game continues to grow and is in a good space.  The image and optics of this great game is extremely important for its positive growth.

    You are ready!  Have a great season. 

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

  • 10/30/2018

    Officials,

    The 2018 Preseason Exam Review conference call will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 8PM Eastern Time. The call details are:

    Call-in number: 712-775-7031
    Access code: 402-405-190

    The review will be conducted using the PDF of the exam as the working document to enable everyone to have the same point of reference for questions and the order of possible answers.

    All lines will be muted at the start of the call. Questions may be submitted via email (jonlevinson@icloud.com). Please note the question number in your email.

    The call will be recorded for those officials unable to participate. Recording information will be posted early next week.

  • 8/27/2018

    Welcome to the 2018-19 women’s basketball season!  I am confident that we all are excited, poised and ready to get back on the court for this upcoming season. Women’s basketball is in a great space and all involved will continue to work tirelessly to support and enhance the image of this outstanding 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 2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball Officiating Exam will be available on the TESTING Tab from October 1 until October 29 at 5PM Eastern Time.  When available, the 2018-19 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.  A digital version of the Mechanics Manual will be available by clicking the CCA APP Tab.

    This year’s Welcome Packet includes the 2017-18 and 2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Book, 2018-19 NCAA Women's Basketball Case Book, and 2018-19 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 NCAA Women's Basketball central hub registration to ensure you receive credit (a green checkmark) in your Eligibility Center.

    Again this year, the ArbiterMobile app is available at no cost to NCAA registered officials. To download the app, please complete this season's officials' registration, and then download it from Google Play or iTunes.  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 am looking forward to seeing you at the Regional Clinics and throughout the upcoming season.   Together, let’s make it the best ever!

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

  • 7/27/2018

    NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Officials:
     
    Registration for the 2018 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 27.  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 2019 DI NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, you must attend one Regional Officiating Clinic.

    Please register for the upcoming Regional Clinics by clicking HERE.
     

    City

    Location

    Clinic Dates

    Lodging Reservation Deadline

    Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia Airport Marriott

    Sunday, September 16

    August 30, 2018

    Phoenix, AZ

    Marriott Phoenix Airport

    Sunday, September 23

    August 29, 2018

    Indianapolis, IN

    Fairfield Inn/ NCAA Office

    Sunday, October 7

    September 13, 2018

    Atlanta, GA

    Atlanta Airport Marriott

    Saturday, October 13

    October 7, 2018

  • 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 
                                                         
     
     
     
     
 
 
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