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Discussion of critical plays, rules and training of officials.

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Referee bwSuper Referee Training Program

8-Week Preparation for the IAABO Exam
September 11th – November 7th

Plus 15-Week Mechanics Program
November  –  March

Tournament Preparation
March  –  April
Special Olympics at Fieldston H.S., Riverdale

Fee: $300 – (Nonrefundable)
Includes: Instructional Materials & Rule Books
(IAABO Exam fee is not included)

Registration and Classes Begin
September 11th at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sunday Class times are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Milbank Center at 14-32 West 118th St.
(Between Lenox and 5th Ave)

Weekday Classes are from 6:00 PM to 9:15 pm
Middle School #45 at 2502 Lorillard Pl., Bronx, NY
(Off Fordham Rd., one block from White Castle)


Make check or money order payable to:
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SUBOA GPO 1733, Bronx, NY, 10451

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Referee Arithmetic

A1 and B1 are both lying on the floor as the ball rolls out of bounds. The referee, in a less than a second, gathers and processes all of the relevant information and makes the correct call. What’s this all add up to? Referee Arithmetic. A good referee looks at plays like an equation with the offense on one side and the defense on the other, adding up each play and summing the action, blowing the whistle when there is a violation or foul.

Consider the possibilities:

  1. What caused the ball to go out of bounds?
  2. Who’s possession is it?
  3. Why are A1 and B1 on the floor?
  4. Was there contact between A1 and B1.
  5. If so, who created the contact?
  6. Was that contact legal?
  7. If it was a foul, what kind of foul was it?
  8. If it wasn’t a foul, what was it?

How many possible scenarios can you create from the information above:
(Determine the right call and practice making the proper hand signal in front of a mirror)

  1. A1 lost the ball out of bounds.
  2. A1 lost the ball but it was tipped by B1 before it went out of bounds.
  3. B1 tipped the ball out of bounds.
  4. B1 tipped the ball but it was tipped by A1 before it went out of bounds.
  5. B1 fouled A1 before A1 lost the ball out of bounds.
  6. A1 fouled B1 before A1 lost the ball out of bounds.
  7. A1 and B1 fouled each other at the same time before the ball went out of bounds.
  8. A1 and B1 dove for the loose ball before it out of bounds.

Can you think of any other scenarios.


  1. Violation. Possession B
  2. Violation. Possession A
  3. Violation. Possession A
  4. Violation. Possession B
  5. Foul. Possession A
  6. Foul. Possession B
  7. Simultaneous foul. Alternate possession
  8. Alternate possession

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Referee Class Begins Sunday September 22, 2013

Registration for the SUBOA SNAP Referee class is Sunday September 22, 2013 at 1:00pm at Milbank Center in Manhattan.


You can preregister by completing the form below. This will reserve your seat but you must complete your registration Sunday September 22 at Milbank Center.


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Basketball I.Q. – 5 In 5 No. 1

Test your basketball I.Q. weekly. The more you know about the game, the better you can be whether you are a player, a coach or a referee!


5 minutes – 5 questions. Sharpen you knowledge weekly. You don’t have to be a referee to answer these questions.

  1. The score is Team A 80 and Team B 79 when the horn sounds to end the 4th quarter. Prior to the referee’s approval of the final score, the coach of Team A uses inappropriate language and directs and obscene gesture towards the officials. A technical foul is charged and the result of the free throws will determine the winner or whether overtime is required. Is the referee correct. YES or NO
  2. Team A substitute No. 13 enters and plays the second quarter. At halftime, the official scorekeeper notices No. 13 is not in the score book and informs the officials. The 3rd quarter will start with a technical foul and possession to Team B. Is the referee correct. YES or NO
  3. A1 is fouled by B1 just after the…

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