Commonly Used Terms

Advantage – a benefit that puts one in a favorable spot.

Aggressive/Physical Play – vigorous or energetic play

Anticipate (don’t) particular plays or situations need anticipation, others do not, this is a judgment call. Be careful!!!

Areas of Intersection – places where picks, screens and action intersect

Body Language – the message you convey with your body language is key to communicating and conveying positive/negative information.

Closed Look this is a look when you don’t have proper coverage of the play. This means you can onlysee bodies, you have no angle.

Common-sense Officiating – this is a philosophy of using good judgment and common sense. If everyone in the gym sees it, you better see it. Also, if it is not a call that fits, you probably should not make the call

Communication – a very important part of the game. Communication to your partners, the table, players, and coaches is key. This may be the #1 item in game management

Competitive Matchups – this is a one on one or two on two that involves a match-up that could give us problems. It is potentially the match-up that will be a factor in the play.

Creating Angles – This is an act of looking between players at an angle to see the play. You may have to move onto the floor to do this.

Curl Play – play where the offensive person goes around a screen or defender to get to the basketCutters– players who are cutting around screens and cutting thru the lane to get to the basket

Dead Ball – this is when the action could get tough. Be alert on all dead balls. 90% of the time, this is where trouble occurs.

Diffuse Conflict – diffusing the situation by comments, warnings and sometimes silence or gestures can lead to good rapport.

Disadvantage – an unfavorable condition or circumstance

Displacement – to change or move the position of someone

Enter Play – it is so easy to make a call when you see the entire play from start to finish

Flight of the Ball – do not watch the flight of the ball on a pass or shot. You already know where the ball is going, no need to watch it.

Freedom of Movement – this is the ability to move freely or to be in a position to move as you wish

Game Content what the game consists of, fouls, surroundings, players, coaches, etc…

High Certainty Calls – this is a new term that simply means, make sure of the call. You must have high certainty in order to make this call.

Impact of Contact – did the contact have an impact on the play? Did it affect their rhythm, speed, balance or quickness? This is what we need to ask RSBQ

Initiation of Contact – who made contact? Whose fault was this contact? Was it incidental? Also, great question to think about in split seconds.

Mentor – a person used for advice and guidance.

Mirror the Ball this term is used during floor positioning. We always want to mirror the ball and it’s movement on the floor.

Obvious Call – this is a call that everyone in the gym sees. If all 12,898 people thinks and knows this is a foul (including the fouler) it is a foul.

Officiate in the future – this means to anticipate where the play is going, what the offense is going to do next. This does not mean to anticipate a foul.

Post-Game Conference – This is the after-game conference where we talk about things that happened, both good and bad. This is a de-briefing, the only way we can get better at the current time.

Pre-Game Conference – this is your meeting to discuss different objectives and strategies before the game. A sharing of ideas and philosophies manual for more details.

Primary Area – this is an area that is your primary responsibility. It varies depending on the game you are calling. Check your mechanics manual for more details.

Primary Defender – this is who you are responsible for in your area of the floor coverageRe-Route– changing the direction or speed of the opponent that someone is guarding

Rough Play – different form physical play, this is action that is violent in nature. It is the action that causes someone to be put at a disadvantage.

Screeners – person or persons who is performing an act to free a teammate for an opening or opportunity

Secondary Area this is an official’s second area of concern. Where there is no competitive match-up in your primary area, this becomes the focus.

Self-Assessment – act of reviewing your performance through file or written correspondence. Look for ways and things to get better.

Wide View – this is the view that helps in most all cases when making judgement on plays. This view gives us a better view to see the entire play. It is a broad view that allows us to see the entire court area, benches, players, and our co-officials.