A matter of consistency

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

At basketball games, each fan base cheers for his or her own school. Both fan bases will not hesitate in banning together to cheer against the officials. however.

This seemed to happen often this year, as there was little consistency from game-to-game among the officiating crews. The National Federation of State High School Associations passed Rule 10-6-12 this year stating what is a foul against a ball-handler/dribbler: Placing two hands on the player, placing an extended arm-bar on the player, placing and keeping a hand on the player and contacting the player more than once with the same hand, or alternating hand.

In some games, officials let defenders get away with placing his or her hands on the ball-handler/dribbler. In others, officials seemed to be anticipating contact before it was made, therefore blowing their whistle ahead of time. This not only frustrated coaches, but made many fans leery of trusting officials going into the games.

Officials are human and make mistakes. The way to limit those mistakes is showing consistency, something that was not seen this year. Every year, basketball officials are required to go to a basketball clinic in Hot Springs, where they learn of any new rules from the previous year and any points of emphasis for the coming season.

Hopefully next year the officiating on the court will be much more consistent.

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