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  • 6/13/2017

    The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the CCA (Collegiate Commissioners Association) are looking for regional advisor of officiating who will be retained as independent contractors 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 1, 2017 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.
  • 6/2/2017

    Please click here to view 2017 Camp Teaching Points (Updated 6/1/2017), prepared by the NCAA Women’s Basketball Mechanics Committee.

  • 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
  • 1/17/2017

    LET'S BEAT CANCER

    NEW INITIATIVE

    Cancer is one disease that has touched every one of us in one way or another.  We are all aware of the continued need for research to hopefully find the cure.  We are creating a Kay Yow Cancer Fund Campaign specifically for the officiating community.  We would want to have each of you make a MEANINGFUL DONATION to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund from now until March 20th.  The total amount collected will be presented to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund at the Women’s Final Four at an on-court check presentation along with a check from the coaches’ community.  We encourage you to join the fight and donate and bring the community of women’s basketball together in the fight against cancer.  Click here to read a message from Stephanie Glance, Executive Director, Kay Yow Cancer Fund.


    To donate to the Kay Yow Fund, click HERE.

  • 1/12/2017

    In support of Play 4Kay, formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee is extending the rule waiver for headbands/wristbands to include pink for the month of February only. Teams may wear pink uniforms at any time during the entire season, but the waiver to permit pink headbands when the uniforms are not pink is only permitted in February. Please click here to read the memorandum
  • 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

  • 12/22/2016


    We wish you all the most wonderful holiday season.  

    May the New Year bring all you have wished for!

    NCAA Women's Basketball Staff

  • 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

  • 12/12/2016
     
    TO: Women’s Basketball Coordinators and Officials. 
     
    FROM:    Brad Duckworth 
                   Chair, Women's Basketball Rules Committee 
     
                   Jon Levinson 
                   Secretary-Rules Editor, Women's Basketball Rules Committee 
     
    SUBJECT: Call for Proposals. 
     
    The NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee is now accepting your rules change proposals to be considered for the rules survey and discussion at its annual meeting in May. The committee is interested in your ideas and concerns relative to playing rules you think need to be changed. 
     
    Please use the link on the Central Hub to record your proposal and rationale. DO NOT SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE PROPOSAL PER SUBMISSION. This form must be fully completed in order for the proposal to be accepted. All proposals must be received by February 1, 2017
     
    If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact Rachel Seewald at rseewald@ncaa.org.
  • 11/23/2016

    I believe we are off to a good start to the season. Continue to review videos in your pregames and take time to build quality crew chemistry for consistent application of the rules as written. Revisit the Instructional Video and Mechanics video posted under the Videos tab on Arbiter. Make sure the players are allowed to move freely during the game.  There must be no slippage on Rule 10-1.4.  Trust your partners and work the system throughout the game. Communicate by using your verbal and non-verbal skills in your interactions with the coaches. Remember to consistently enforce the bench decorum rule from the start of the game until the end of the game. 

    Just a reminder of the importance of accurately and consistently enforcing the substitution rule for a disqualified player.  The player must report to the scorer's table prior to the sounding of the horn at the end of the time limit to replace a disqualified player. Review the A.R. 285 below:

    Case Book A.R. 285 (pg 88)
    A 4 is disqualified after receiving her fifth foul.  The coach of Team A does not have a substitute ready to enter the game after the permitted 15 seconds.

    RULING: The official shall assess a direct technical foul on Team A's head coach. This direct technical foul shall be one of the two direct technical fouls that the head coach can accrue before being ejected and shall count toward the bonus.  Team A's substitute shall enter the game.  Team B shall shoot two free throws and the ball shall be put back in play at the point of interruption.

    (Rule 10-4.5, 10-4 Penalty and 4-28.1.e)

    Disqualification Mechanic (CCA Manual p.148)
    When a player commits her fifth foul and is disqualified:
    1. The calling official will inform the coach it is the player’s fifth foul and a substitute is necessary.
    2. The calling official will tell the player she has five fouls.
    3. The calling official should tell her/his partners that the player has five fouls.
    4. When a player has been disqualified, the calling official will tell the clock operator to start a 15-second clock with the first horn sounding immediately upon the official indicating the interval to start and the second horn sounding when the interval is complete and a substitution has not been made. If the legal substitute reports before the second horn, the second horn will not be sounded.
    5. When the substitute reports, she enters the game immediately.
    6.  A direct technical foul shall be assessed to the head coach if the player has not been replaced after 15 seconds.

    Make sure the administering official informs the head coach that the warning horn has been sounded.

    Be proactive on facilitating this rule

    MIG/Endurance and Bring It Home

    Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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

  • 11/9/2016

    Here We Go!

    I would like to thank the coordinators, officials and all who were involved in making the Regional Clinics a true success. The clinics provided a clear direction on the importance of enforcing the rules as written, a consistent execution of the mechanics and an understanding of the priority of quality communication with your crew, players and coaches.

    Thanks so much to Jon, Violet and Charlene for their excellent presentations and breakouts. I truly appreciate your willingness to give of your time and expertise! 

    A few reminders:

    1.  Rule 10.1.4 must be consistently enforced from the start of the game to the end of the game. Stay the course players will adjust.

    2.  Players must be allowed to move freely without being held, pushed, rerouted or impeded.  Make sure we put whistles on this type of illegal contact.

    3. Call the first foul in the post and excessive physicality will be held in check in your game.

    4. Continue to make sure that obvious fouls are called.  We will make a decision!

    5. On close block charge plays involving an airborne player and you do not have the defender legal BEFORE the shooter has left the floor then blocking is the correct call.

    6. Let plays to the basket start develop and finish.

    7. Have a thorough pregame before every game.

    8. Take time to create a positive crew chemistry. Work the system and it will work for you!

    I know we will all pull together with our Mind In The Game and display Endurance and Bring It Home with consistency fairness and accuracy together as a crew.

    I am confident we are all up to the challenge! We will service the game with the utmost professionalism and integrity.  I wish us all a great season

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

  • 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

  • 10/21/2016

    Officials:

    This is your final reminder that the preseason exam closes Tuesday, October 25 at 5 PM ET. As has been done the past two years, there will be a post-exam review via conference call to go over the exam and address any questions you may have. This review will be held on Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00PM ET. Questions will be reviewed in the order that they appeared on the PDF found on the Central Hub.

    The call-in information is as follows:

    Number: (712) 775-7031
    Passcode: 402-405-190

    Please mute yourself and there is no need to announce yourself. The call can handle 1000 callers. The call will be recorded and will be put on the Hub.

    If you have questions during the call, please email them to me at jonlevinson@icloud.com. Every attempt will be made to answer questions while the call is in progress.

    Additionally, a summary of the three most-missed question will be posted on the Central Hub in the EXAMS AND QUIZZES section.

    I am looking forward to working with you.

    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

  • 10/10/2016

    Please click here to read Sportsmanship Memorandum by Jean Lenti Ponsetto, NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee Chair.

  • 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

  • 9/26/2016

    The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced that Phyllis Deveney has been named the 2016 Naismith Women’s College Official of the Year.  First awarded in 1988, the award recognizes individuals who display character, integrity and dignity and have contributed mightily to the growth, success and viability of college basketball. To be eligible, an individual must have been involved with the sport as a game official for a minimum of 20 years, worked the NCAA Tournament as a game official and worked conference tournaments as a game official.

    More...
  • 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

  • 8/5/2016

    Division I officials:

    In preparation for the 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball season, we wanted to make you aware of a change in the background check process. The NCAA has partnered with Verified Volunteers to conduct this year’s background checks. Verified Volunteers, which specializes in non-employment background screening, is an electronic based system that will require officials to create a user name and password to log into the system. Officials will receive an invitation email from Verified Volunteers as soon as your conference coordinators of officials submit their rosters.

    Note: For officials that work multiple conferences, you will only be required to complete your background check once, so make sure to use the same email for all the conferences in which you work. Please contact Verified Volunteers at NCAAOfficials@verifiedvolunteers.com if you received multiple invites.

    The full process of completing the application is in the attached pdf, which includes entering your information and answering questions should take no more 10 minutes. Screens shots have been provided in preparation for accessing and answering questions. Please complete your background check no later than September 15, 2016 to ensure NCAA Championship eligibility. Once completed, officials should allow a few days for their background checks to be processed before reviewing their results. If there are any questions regarding the new process, please contact Verified Volunteers NCAA Customer Care Team at 855-326-1860, Extension #1.

  • 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

  • 5/20/2016


    An email will be sent notifying you when Hotel and Clinic
    Registration is live!

    OFFICIALS REGIONAL CLINIC DATES


    Sunday, September 18th - Dallas, Texas
    Saturday, September 24th - Atlanta, Georgia
    Saturday, October 1st - Phoenix, Arizona
    Sunday, October 16th - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    REMINDER

    When registering for a clinic, use the SAME EMAIL ADDRESS to register for the clinic that you will use to complete the NCAA registration.

    If you use a different email address, YOU WILL NOT SHOW as having completed the clinic in your central hub Eligibility Center.
 
 
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