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  • 7/8/2020

    Officials:

    The mechanics committee has approved the adoption of new official’s jacket beginning in the 2020 season.  Please click here to view the announcement.

  • 5/29/2020

    Please click on the link to review the changes in the Fall Regional Officiating Clinics format.

  • 4/13/2020

    Dear NCAA Official,

    The NCAA has engaged The PICTOR Group to conduct a National Review of the State of Collegiate Officiating. As an NCAA official, your voice is central to this review. Below is a link to a confidential survey designed to help identify general as well as divisional issues across 15 sports in NCAA Divisions I, II and III. The survey is estimated to take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will remain open for three weeks. Since there is no central location to connect with all NCAA officials, you may receive more than one request to participate. Please complete only one survey for each sport that you officiate.

    Officials who complete the survey and provide contact information, will be entered to win an NCAA Gift Pack to include items such as free Arbiter Central Hub registration, NCAA apparel or gift cards to purchase sport-specific officiating equipment and apparel. Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience.

    Click here to access the NCAA Officials Survey.

    The over-arching goal of the National Review is two-fold: a) identify general and divisional issues that are affecting NCAA sports as a result of the decline in the officiating pool, and b) to present strategic recommendations to meet the officiating needs of the membership. Click here should you wish to learn more about the project scope:  National Review of Collegiate Officiating

    Thank you in advance for your participation and thoughtful contribution. Should you have any questions about or problems accessing the survey, please contact Mary Struckhoff at mstruckhoff33@gmail.com.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony Holman

    Anthony Holman
    Managing Director, NCAA Championships & Alliances

  • 3/13/2020

    Officials: 

    On behalf of myself and NCAA Women’s Basketball, I want to offer a sincere thank you to all of you for your hard work throughout the year and this season.  We all share in the disappointment of the historical cancellation of our championship tournaments.  Please keep yourself and your families safe and healthy during this time and help to mitigate the spread of the virus.

    This pandemic may have interrupted our tradition of March Madness but it will not break the spirit of our game.  We will come back for the 2020-21 season with a renewed excitement.  

    For your planning purposes, here is information on the 2020 regional clinics:

    Arbiter registration: August 24, 2020 to February 23, 2021

    Phoenix  Clinic: Sunday September 13, 2020

    Philadelphia Clinic: Saturday September 26, 2020

    Atlanta Clinic: Sunday October 4, 2020

    Indianapolis Clinic: Sunday October 11, 2020

    Your service and commitment to the game is greatly appreciated!  

    Sincerely,

    Penny Davis
    National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials

    Cc:  
    Mary Toberman, DIII National Coordinator of Officials
    Lynne Andrew, NCAA Staff
    Roberta Page, NCAA Staff
    Kelly Whitaker, NCAA Staff

  • 2/12/2020

    SHOUT OUT to ALL OFFICIALS!

    Huge thank you is in order!! Thank you for uniting as a nation of officials to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund again this year! Your support IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE! 

    Because of you, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is able to Fund ground-breaking life saving research and help underserved women and their loved ones in their battles against cancer!

    We cannot THANK YOU ENOUGH!

    Your example of passion and enthusiasm for supporting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is contagious! We tell your story everywhere we go! You are galvanizing others to join our amazing movement and because of that, YOU are enabling us to do MORE just as Coach Yow asked us to do! 

    Your efforts will culminate in an on court check presentation at the NC State vs Duke ESPN Big Monday game on Kay Yow Court, February 24th! 

    Many of you know Joe DeRosa, owner of Smitty Officials apparel,  but what you may not know is that he has given a gift of $25,000 this year to match your giving efforts! How fantastic is that!! That results in an amazing story -- the officials of women's basketball have the opportunity to make a collective donation of $50,000 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. YOUR IMPACT will be felt nationwide!

    Joe and his wife, Patti will be at the NC State Play4Kay game to be recognized as well as an official who will represent all of you in the check presentation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

    It’s not too late to contribute- just go to Kayyow.com and click donate. Make your donation then scroll down and click yes to “women’s basketball official”. 

    I'll look forward to seeing you at a game soon!

    Gratefully,

    Stephanie Glance
    www.kayyow.com 

  • 1/31/2020

    The NCAA Women's Mechanics Committee will begin accepting your mechanics change proposals on February 1, 2020.

    Please use this electronic form to sumbit your proposal and rationale. PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY ONE ITEM PER SUBMISSION and complete the form fully to be accepted. All proposals must be received by March 15, 2020.

    Click here to submit the form, available February 1 - March 15, 2020.

    Penny Davis
    National Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officiating

    Patty Broderick
    Chairperson of Women's Basketball Mechanics Committee

  • 1/27/2020

    Officials,

    As a reminder, the deadline to complete all eligibility requirement quizzes and videos is this Friday, January 31 at 5 pm ET

    You may complete requirements or check your eligibility status by going to your Eligibility Center, under the ElIGIBILITY Tab.

     
  • 1/22/2020

    2019-20 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 January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 1/10/2020

    Officials:

    Happy new year and welcome to conference play.  I am sure you have all noticed the shift in intensity that has occurred.  While conference play is a new phase of the season, it's important that we revisit and continue to enforce our points of emphasis and officiating guidelines.  We have done well with this in the non-conference season, and we need to continue these efforts. 

    According to data collected thus far, there has been increases in scoring (+.97), field goals attempted (+1.3) and number of possessions in a game (+1.7), as well as an increase in game duration by a minute.  It's important that we efficiently run every game and avoid unnecessary stoppages or slow administration.  Continue to test clocks and replay systems prior to the start of the game. Recognition and quick administration of our media timeouts is an area that can be administered more efficiently and resumption of play warnings should be assessed if teams are delayed in breaking the huddle at the second horn.  

    ACCURACY is the theme as we enter 2020. 

    Accuracy with Timeouts:  We must ensure that a player has possession of the ball before granting a timeout.  Teams need to correctly request a timeout before passing or dribbling if they wish to take advantage of the option to advance in end of game situations.  Being overly generous in these situations is a disservice to the defense.

    Accuracy with Travelling:  Predribble travels (i.e. shuffles, replants, split foot, running starts ) require eye discipline to identify and focus on the pivot foot.  Once a player legally starts her move, then you can referee the defense.  End of dribble travels have been a concern as this is the area where we have observed legal footwork being whistled as a violation. we must know when the end of dribble and control of the ball occurs.  Not every spin move is illegal, too many good athletic moves have been called a travel incorrectly.  Let's improve our accuracy in this area.

    Thank you for your hard work and dedication to women's basketball.  Let's officiate in 2020 with 20/20. Be amazing, stay healthy and travel safely.  Here we go!

    Penny Davis
    NCAA National Coordinator of Officials

  • 1/10/2020

    2019-20 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 January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 1/8/2020

    The NCAA has engaged The PICTOR Group to lead a comprehensive review of the state of collegiate officiating for 15 NCAA sports across all three divisions. A national review is underway and involves significant data collection, with commissioners representing Divisions I, II, and III comprising an Officiating Review Steering Committee. The final report will be submitted to the NCAA in August 2020. 

    Please click the following link for an overview of the NCAA Officiating Review Project.

  • 12/27/2019

    2019-20 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 January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 12/17/2019

    Officials:
     
    The mechanics committee wants to receive feedback from the women's basketball officiating community regarding the CCA jacket worn during pregame.  We have received numerous requests and questions about the potential of updating this part of our uniform.   Our current jacket has been in place since the 2007 season.   Any update to the jacket would result in a modern, stylish, athletic, comfortable, compact (easy to pack),  wrinkle free, warm up garment with pockets. 

    Please click the link to complete the Jacket Survey by January 31, 2020.
     

  • 12/16/2019

    2019-20 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 January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 12/5/2019

    2019-20 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 January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 11/25/2019

    2019-20 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 January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

  • 11/7/2019

    This year’s women’s basketball rules will emphasize the importance of good sportsmanship throughout the regular season and championship. The Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee wants to have clear expectations moving into the season. 

    Click here to read the full article from the Committee.

  • 11/5/2019

    The official start of the season is here!  I trust that you are ready to take the floor and get the season underway.  Here are a few items for your attention.

    Penny Davis
    NCAA National Coordinator of Officials

  • 10/31/2019

    Click the link below to be directed to this year’s sports wagering educational video for officials.  The video is approximately 20 minutes in length and includes sports wagering information with which you should be familiar. 

    PLEASE NOTE: The video is an eligibility requirement for Division I officials, but it should be viewed by officials in every division.

    Eligibility Center

    Best regards,

    Penny Davis
    NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials

  • 10/31/2019

    The 2019 Preseason Exam Review recording is now available. To access the recording:

    Call: 712-775-7029

    Access code: 402-405-190

    Reference number: 1

    Have a great season!

    Respectfully,

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

  • 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:

    http://naismithtrophy.com/barbara-jo-smith-and-bobby-dibler-named-2019-naismith-college-official-of-the-year-award-winners/
     

  • 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.”

  • 7/30/2019

    All:

    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

  • 7/1/2019

    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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