Jump to content

Remove these ads by becoming a Premium Member
Sign in to follow this  
BRUMP

basketball

Recommended Posts

so i signed up for the cadet class for HS basketball in the fall. few questions for the guys who work both (know theres a few here), any docs that you have that could be beneficial to me? also as i credit this forum for the vast majority of my umpiring skills any good resources such as this for basketball?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remove these ads by becoming a Premium Member

Forum.officiating.com has an active basketball forum with some very knowledgeable officials there. You may even recognize a few familiar names.

Good luck! I worked basketball for a few years and I think it did a lot for helping me see and process plays. It's also a great exercise in game management.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good Luck!

You may find it hard to transition back to baseball in the spring - the first few games will feel like they take forever as the game moves slower.

While the games are very different (and I love the dichotomy of it) many of the same principles apply - good timing, good judgement, good game management.  I found that having a few seasons of baseball under my belt when I started basketball really helped put me ahead of many of the other inexperienced basketball officials.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/2/2016 at 5:29 AM, Welpe said:

Forum.officiating.com has an active basketball forum with some very knowledgeable officials there. You may even recognize a few familiar names.

Good luck! I worked basketball for a few years and I think it did a lot for helping me see and process plays. It's also a great exercise in game management.

I second this, a lot of good rules talk and experienced officials that post there. I've worked basketball for about 15 years, longer than I've done baseball. Personally, I much prefer officiating basketball even though baseball is my favorite sport.They are very different animals; you'll definitely get experience in game management in basketball. You're a lot more interactive with the participants in basketball; you'll talk to the players and coaches a lot. I like the constant action, makes it easier for me to keep my head in the game. That can be a struggle in the field in baseball sometimes. Go to a few games and watch the officials, see how they rotate, where they set up on the floor, how they report fouls etc. That's what I did and it helped me prepare for when I stepped out there myself. 

Also don't make a rookie mistake, buy a Fox 40 whistle. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

update: just passed my IAABO rules test

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/2/2016 at 4:10 AM, udbrky said:

IMO, basketball will make you a better umpire.

I couldn't agree more. I have done football, basketball, and volleyball, and I feel that all three have made me a better softball umpire.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/2/2016 at 7:19 AM, pnewton said:

Good Luck!

You may find it hard to transition back to baseball in the spring - the first few games will feel like they take forever as the game moves slower.

While the games are very different (and I love the dichotomy of it) many of the same principles apply - good timing, good judgement, good game management.  I found that having a few seasons of baseball under my belt when I started basketball really helped put me ahead of many of the other inexperienced basketball officials.

not to mention that it's like 35 half the time here so far. I miss the hot gyms.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Basketball is more fast paced, and the timing required to make calls is very fast, especially as the Trail or Center official. This is because many fouls and violations (especially those on the perimeter) occur in a split second. Lead can afford to use a faster version of "pause, read, react" to diagnose plays and decide whether to call fouls. 

 

Basketball also requires A LOT of movement. If you work in 2-man crews, you will be constantly running up and down the court on every change of possession. If you work in 3-man crews, you will be moving around during possessions as well, especially on rotations. Even when not rotating, you still need to move, to get a better angle on your primary coverage area, to mirror the ball's position, or to close down for rebounds. 

I also enjoy working basketball, especially in 3-man crews, due to the speed and variety of possible actions, and the mental gymnastics of watching my primary area, making calls there, glancing for substitutes, and ensuring that the game and shot clocks operate correctly (DC and MD use a shot clock for high school basketball, as do some private school leagues in the area). 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×