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  • 10/15/2019

    Congratulations to Barbara Jo Smith who was named the 2019 Naismith Women’s Collegiate Official of the Year Award Winner by the Atlanta Tip Off Club.  Barb was presented this lifetime achievement award at the regional clinic in Indianapolis. 

    Here’s a link to the press release for this special recognition:

  • 10/4/2019

    Veteran official and coordinator, Brad McMillion has been named a regional advisor for the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

    McMillion, coordinator of officials for the Mountain East Conference since 2013, will serve as advisor in the East Region for the NCAA.  He has officiated games over the last 24 years in all three divisions, with time spent as an official in the Southern Conference, Big South Conference, Old Dominion Athletic Conference, South Atlantic Conference, West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Colonial Athletic Conference, Conference Carolinas and Appalachian Athletic Conference.  In 2010, McMillion was selected to officiate the finals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship.

    Currently residing in Bluefield, Virginia, McMillion is one of four regional advisors who will work closely in 2019-20 with Penny Davis, the NCAA’s new national coordinator of women’s basketball officiating, who joined the association in July of this year.  Joining McMillion as regional advisors in 2019-20 will be Denny Mayer, Wanda Szeremeta and Alicia Walker. His duties begin on October 1, 2019.

    “I am excited to have Brad join the team,” said Davis.  “His recent on-court experience, current knowledge of officiating and enthusiasm for the game makes him a great addition to the group of regional advisors.”

  • 10/3/2019


    NCAA Officials: 

    This document was developed as part of the NCAA’s continued review of its risk management program.  Please note that this document summarizes information that may render an official ineligible to officiate any rounds of any of the NCAA championships.    

    Also, please note that one or more of the components of the “Notifications and Determinations” section may not be in place until the 2020-21 academic year.

    Best regards,

    Dan Calandro
    NCAA, Director of Championships and Alliances

  • 9/16/2019

    Please note that due to a delay in ArbiterSports receiving the case books, our new estimated date to begin shipping the welcome packets, barring any further delay, will be on Friday, September 20.

    We'll begin shipping packets as soon as we receive the case books, with officials who registered first having their packets shipped to them first.


  • 9/12/2019

    These standards have been developed for the purpose of evaluating an official’s game performance. Performance standards help evaluators conduct a fair and unbiased evaluation. Points or fractions of points are deducted when deviations occur in any area listed.

    Game evaluations conducted utilizing these standards are just one tool used by the NCAA and collegiate conferences when determining the selection of officials for future game assignments. While officials are evaluated using these standards, meeting or failing to meet any of these standards does not guarantee or negate the possibility of any future assignment. 

    Please click here to read the full article.

  • 8/27/2019

    The best part of the year is upon us!  It’s time for the sounds of dribbling basketballs, sneakers squeaking on the hardwood, the net swishing and yes, the whistle from the referee.  I trust we all are excited and getting prepared mentally and physically to get back on the court for this upcoming season.

    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 2019-20 NCAA Women's Basketball Officiating Exam will be available on the TESTING Tab from September 20 until October 25 at 5PM Eastern Time.  When available, the 2019-20 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 2019-2020 NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Book, 2019 NCAA Women's Basketball Case Book, and 2019 Women's CCA Mechanics Manual.  Welcome Packets will begin shipping in early September, with officials who registered first receiving their packets first.  Any questions about welcome packets can be submitted here.

    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

    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:

    I am looking forward to seeing you at the Regional Clinics and throughout the upcoming season. 

    Penny Davis
    NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials

  • 8/14/2019

    As the 2019-20 basketball season approaches, this is to let you know that the NCAA Women’s Basketball Center Court Central Hub will open for registration on August 27. Please know that the registration fee for this season is $200 (Division I), $150 (Division II), and $125 (Division III), which is an increase from the past two seasons. The increase will enable Arbiter to continue to improve reliability, speed, and other backend services. In addition, again this year, the ArbiterMobile app will be available at no charge. Also, please know that the registration fee will stay the same for the next two seasons as well.

    As a reminder, officials are required to register in order to be considered for NCAA postseason assignment. You also will receive an email notification on August 27 when registration officially opens.

    Thank you for your past interest in registering with NCAA Women’s Basketball. And best wishes for a great 2019-20 season.

    Dan Calandro
    NCAA Director of Playing Rules and Officiating

  • 8/5/2019

    The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the CCA (Collegiate Commissioners Association) are looking for a regional advisor of officiating (preferably in the East) who will be retained an independent contractor for Division I Women’s Basketball. They will provide advisory services to the national coordinator of officiating about the selection and assignment of game officials during the Women’s Basketball Championships as well as other officiating matters.

    This service term would be for a period of one year, with the potential for renewal. The term will begin September 30, 2019 and is paid a service fee (which includes travel and expenses) commensurate with the scope of service. Click here for a complete listing of independent contractor services, preferred qualifications, and minimum requirements.

  • 7/30/2019


    I want to share with you my enthusiasm and gratitude on being selected to be your national coordinator of women’s basketball. It’s a tremendous honor to get to follow in the path established by the leaders who came before me and to represent the NCAA. 

    The pivot from an on court official to serving in this role is bittersweet yet so exciting. I am grateful to the conferences, the coordinators and the many officials and observers I have learned from over the years. Those collective experiences have prepared me for this role and I am thrilled to be in the position to lead and learn from this new vantage point.

    In my career, I observed that officials always try to do their best, every game, every play. I never met a referee who tried to miss a call or one who wanted to do a bad job. Officials at all levels are passionate about what they do and strive for that unattainable perfect game. It’s my goal that we will all work together to raise officiating with the growth of our game so we can showcase this great game and these amazing student-athletes at all levels. 

    Our season will be beginning in less than 100 days and we need to be physically and mentally ready to go. I challenge you to elevate your preparation and that of those around you. Reach out and work with an official in your purview and give back to this game - each one reach one! 

    I look forward to seeing you at a regional clinic and on the court this season.

    Here we go!

    Penny Davis
    NCAA National Coordinator of Officials

  • 7/23/2019

    NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Officials:
    Registration for the 2019 Regional Clinics is now open.
    You MUST use the SAME EMAIL ADDRESS to register for the regional clinic as well as registering for in August.  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 2020 DI NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, you must attend one Regional Officiating Clinic.

    Please register for the upcoming Regional Clinics by clicking HERE.



    Clinic Dates

    Lodging Reservation Deadline

    Phoenix, AZ

    Marriott Phoenix Airport

    Sunday, September 22

    August 24, 2019

    Atlanta, GA

    Atlanta Airport Marriott

    Sunday, September 29

    September 6, 2019

    Indianapolis, IN

    Fairfield Inn/ NCAA Office

    Sunday, October 6

    September 13, 2019

    Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia Airport Marriott

    Saturday, October 19

    October 1, 2019

  • 7/1/2019

    Penny Davis has been named the NCAA’s national coordinator of women’s basketball officiating, bringing with her over 22 years of officiating experience gathered at all levels of the game.
    Davis, who will direct the national women’s basketball officiating program across all three divisions, will fill the void created by the departure of June Courteau, who retired May 31 after five years as national coordinator.  Click here to read the full article.
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