Robert W. Sawyer Homegoing

Affectionately known to many of us as “Big Bob”.

Friday, March 13th, 2020
Granby’s Funeral Service
4021 White Plains Road
Bronx, NY 10466
Viewing hours: 9am-10am
Service Begins at 10am
Please come out and support the Sawyer Family.
Greg Williams
914 806-4010

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Good morning PSAL Boys basketball referees, We thank you for your work and continued efforts that support PSAL basketball. We rely on your professionalism, punctuality, and enforcement of the rules of the game.

As we move into the second half of the PSAL basketball season we ask for your consistent professionalism and continued rules enforcement. Please read and follow these reminders:

1. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled start time and conduct a pre-game

2. Please communicate all game reports directly to your Assignor upon game completion

3. Please communicate any player / coach ejections in your brief summary email; include player / coach name, number, and school name; include quarter and time on the clock

4. If you EJECT a coach, please ask if there is a PSAL certified teacher / coach to replace the ejected coach? Please allow 5 minutes for the school / team to produce a PSAL certified teacher / coach. If the school / team produces a coach, please write the person’s name in the official book and continue the game 5. If the school / team does not produce a PSAL certified teacher / coach please conclude the game and report information to your Assignor.

Thank you for your hard work.

Danny Harris

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It is with regret we have been informed of the recent passing of Dolores Layne, mother of Archie Layne, NYCGBOA Member-at-Large.

Funeral: Monday, January 6, 2020
Saints Temple Church of God in Christ
399 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 1238
Between Greene and Lexington Avenue
Wake: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Service: Immediately After

Please keep Archie and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning.

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Basketball Terminology

To answer questions from coaches and players, get in the habit of using Basketball Terminology. This is a list of phrases you should know and use:

Act of shooting | Airborne shooter

Freedom of movement | Displacement

Offensive initiated contact | Vertical defender

Established | Maintained | Legal guarding position

Laterally | Obliquely | Moving forward

Illegal contact | Incidental contact

Unnecessary |Excessive | Severe contact

Wind up| Impact | Follow through

Time and distance| open angle

Point of contact | closed look

Vulnerable position | Potential for injury

Jumped A to B | Jumped straight up

Verticality |Vertical plane | Defender wasn’t vertical

The shooter has the right to land| Landing space

Defender was retreating | Designated spot

Continuous motion | Before the shot

Fumble | Interrupted dribble

Player control | Team control

Point of interruption |Ball is at disposal

Correctable errors | Tap or Try for goal

Pivot foot | 3 steps

Unsporting conduct | Taunting

Clean strip | Screener too wide

Live ball | Dead ball

This list is from the Crown Refs twitter feed and was re-posted by NYCPSAL.

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PSAL Basketball Officials

The PSAL regular season tipped off on Monday, November 18. As you take the court to officiate games, on behalf of the PSAL, I would like to thank you for the valuable work you do. The PSAL office schedules 3000 + basketball games each year. You are with us, in partnership every step of the way, preserving and enforcing the rules of the game. Please remember the important reminders below as you carry out your responsibilities on the court. We appreciate your efforts. – Danny Harris

Quick Reference Guide – Officials Expectations / Home team expectations

  • 1. Please confirm your game assignment with your PSAL Assignor and confirm assignment on prior to departure to your game
  • 2. Arrive on time and conduct appropriate pre-game with partners (at least 30 min. prior to tipoff)
  • 3. Appearance – dress and groom appropriately. Make a good first impression
  • 4. Identify and introduce yourself to coaches, student-athletes, and table personnel
  • 5. Know the rules & enforce the rules (PSAL Rules & NFHS Rules)
  • 6. Enforce the No Tolerance for Fighting and Profanity policies. No Tolerance means no warnings, no explanations, and no negotiations.
  • 7. Manage the game
  • 8. Be aware of safety concerns
  • 9. Enforce bench & spectator decorum
  • 10. De-escalate situations
  • 11. If you eject players or coaches, immediately note ejection in scorebook, record the school name, name(s) and number(s) of all player(s) involved, and report to Assignor
  • 12. The home team must provide a safe and suitable environment for entrance/ exit and competition
  • 13. The home team must provide a safe and suitable office, room, or locker room for you to change pre and post-game
  • 14. The home team must provide functional score clock and shot clocks
  • 15. Please contact your Assignor if a team has not arrived at the game location within 30 minutes of the scheduled start time

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