KSOA Basketball Newsletter
KSOA Member Recognized at National Level
TOPEKA, Kan. — The KSHSAA is proud to announce that John A. Dehan has been awarded the National Federation Officials Association (NFOA) Distinguished National Contributor Award.
The NFHS selects one individual from across the country to be awarded this honor each year. Dehan is from Olathe, Kansas and has been a registered official with the KSHSAA for 32 years. He first registered in basketball after working with his dad at games. A few years later he picked up football and umpired baseball and softball for a few years. John is a recruiter of officials and created the officials assigning business “Call the Game”. He also was instrumental in revamping the local officials association into a group that reaches not only Johnson County area officials, but officials throughout the state. The Kansas Sports Officials Association has more than 600 members. John is the league commissioner for five leagues and assigns contests for all levels at 45 high schools and 29 middle schools.
“The KSHSAA appreciates the contributions John has made in helping recruit, retain, train and assign officials in Kansas. Mr. Dehan has served the youth of Kansas as an official at the highest level and is very deserving of this recognition. He has served as a camp clinician at many of our basketball camps and is a good liaison between officials and administrators,” said KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick. His award will be presented at one of the state basketball tournament sites.
KSOA Members Recognized at State Level
Annually, the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the National Federation of High School Activities recognizes two active officials as 2022 State Officials of the Year. These officials have made significant contributions to high school officiating as a KSHSAA registered official.
It should come as no surprise, that two KSOA members have been selected for this recognition.
Congratulations to Jon Randle and Patrick Crider for being selected as the 'Boys Basketball Official of the Year' and 'Girls Basketball Official of the Year', respectively!
As we enter the second half of the season, the following are sound reminders of what our players, coaches, and fellow officials should expect.
- Slow down during dead balls
Know (pre-game) which official will bring in substitutes and in which situations. HINT: Staying in the frontcourt – tableside official. Going to other way…the C brings them in.
- Make sure during substitutions that we are properly using the “STOP SIGN”
Only the official bringing in the subs needs the stop sign. Take your time during substitutions to verify the correct number of players leave the floor for those who enter. Re-verify again (eye contact with partners) that there are five players for each team on the floor before making the ball live. A technical foul for too many players during a restart is 100% avoidable if we slow down and make eye contact with our partner(s).
- Keep eyes on players when the ball is dead
A whistle may be a break physically, but it is essential that we stay engaged and be aware of dead ball contact and/or unsporting conduct amongst players.
- Keep eyes on players in transition
Look over your shoulder as you run…even if a foul or a violation has made the ball dead. Stay with and pick up the first group of players down the floor as the Lead. As the Center, stay with the 2nd group. Identify and officiate competitive matchups in your third, and then do the same thing in your primary as the ball settles in the frontcourt.
- Move to improve
It is impossible to have high credibility and adjudicate plays correctly when you are constantly looking through a player’s back. If you can’t see between players, you will be wrong more than you will be right. Step down or in to see between. During rebounding action, move in or down (close down) to officiate rebounding action. Do not bail as the Trail or Center because you don’t want to get beat down the floor. Officiate the play to completion, then move down after a rebound is secured or a goal is scored.
- Player/Referee Equipment
Individual player undershirts must have sleeve lengths that are the same and the color of the undershirt must be similar to the predominant color of the jersey. All other extra apparel (arm bands, headbands, sleeves, tights, etc.) must be black, white, beige, or the jersey color and whatever color is chosen must be the same color for all teammates wearing any of these items.
A reminder that officials are not permitted to wear jewelry (other than a wedding band/ring) while officiating. Watches, Fitbits, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, are all examples of prohibited items while officiating KSHSAA games.
Situation of the Month
View the clip below to see the following situation:
Prior to the opening jump, an official notices B1 is wearing an undershirt that is a single solid color, but is NOT similar in color to the torso of the jersey. How do you proceed? What else needs to be considered?
The ruling is found at the end of the newsletter.
RefQuest Video Review
A portion of you membership dues grants access to RefQuest, a collaboration platform for sports officials that provides video collaboration and play analysis.
To access RQ, click HERE or the image on the right.
If you are new(er) to the profession and desire guidance, feedback, answers to questions, etc., as you begin your officiating journey, then we encourage you to join the KSOA Mentor Program.
The specific benefits of being mentored include:
· being empowered through personal development
· being helped to identify and achieve officiating goals
· increasing your confidence
· having access to a senior role model
· developing your own ability to mentor/coach others
HUDL Game Film Request
KSOA has access to most teams on HUDL which allows for quick turn around. However, there are a few teams that we must request film via HUDL exchange. It is then up to the school to fulfill this request. If you get an email from this account that we have requested the film, you know we do not have quick access. If you get a message from HUDL that a film has been shared with you, you can now view the film.
Film will be stored in weekly buckets. Some teams do a great job of naming the film, some do a poor job. You will only be able to see the film that has been shared with you. You may need to click on more than one film to find the right one.
We will do our best to fulfill your request as quickly as possible. Please be patient.
To request film, click HERE.
Share Your Good News and Pictures!!!
One of the priorities of the KSOA is sharing our stories!
If you have pictures, accomplishments, or interesting ideas to share, please email them to Cooper Moore, KSOA Basketball Committee Chair, HERE.
Due February 8 for varsity officials hoping for post-season assignments.
- Requirements include:
- 90% on rules test
- Attend Rules meeting
- Attend both Area Supervisor meetings
- Minimum five varsity girls' games
- Minimum five 3-person games.
Preparations are underway and details will be shared when available.
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Situation of the Month - Ruling
No penalty. The player simply cannot play until the issue is resolved; which, in this case, is removing the undershirt outside the visual confines of the playing area. A replacement starter is designated and recorded in the scorebook.
3.2.2.a (p. 22). . .After the 10-minute time limit specified in Article 1, a team is charged with a maximum of one technical foul regardless of how many infractions of the following are committed (see 10-1-2 Penalty):
a. Changing a designated starter, unless necessitated by illness, injury, illegal equipment or apparel, etc., or to attempt a technical foul free throw.
See the video below for the crew's response to this situation.
The Mission of the Kansas Sports Officials Association is to provide a path for excellence in officiating for our members. We will recruit, train, evaluate and network to provide our customers with the best officiating experience for their leagues and student-athletes.
We envision our association of officials to be the premier group in Kansas known for providing the best trained individuals who strive to enrich the sports experience for student-athletes by providing a fair application of rules, in all respects.