State Meeting Notes from East Duplin;
Meeting the Coaches Protocol;
DSA Award Winners, Tallo & Mattocks
Booking through Dec 5 & Stopping;
Local Clinic Visits;
Meeting Nov 2;
Scrimmage, Nov 15, Northside HS;
First Games for Public Schools Nov 17;
State Meeting Notes
from East Duplin – I took a
couple of pages of notes at the State Clinic last Tuesday night at East
Duplin. I would like to share some of the highlights of Mark’s meeting here
on our page now.
I was Shocked that this is Dreibelbis’ 10th year as head of officials; man time
flies. I would have guessed 7.
One of Mark’s quotes = “If you feel you are not advancing fast enough;
do something to get better”
It was impressive when Mark asked how many in the room had help when
they came up the officiating ladder and nearly everyone in the room raised
their hand. Then he asked, “Who are
you going to help” and a hush came over the room. Very effective.
Teachable Moments: Show the Coach some respect and then maybe he will
respect you. My opinion: He is
coaching unpredictable kids and we are refereeing kids that anything can and
probably will happen. We MUST be the
ones to maintain our composure. We need to remain calm when everyone else
around us is losing it.
KNEE PAD IS A SLEEVE and should be treated as such. I said knee pad, not knee brace. They are different.
Sleeves can be white, black, beige or the predominate color of the
uniform but they must be the same on all players.
North Carolina volunteered to be a PILOT program for the new rule
change involving uniforms. As a pilot
program, we are obligated to give feedback to the National Federation through
our State organization. Therefore we
MUST notify the State Office when we have a penalty involving a violation of
that rule. Remember, Mark said there would be a two week suspension if you
did not report the violations. On this uniform violation, the official
will email Mark and copy me with the email. That is different from
disqualifications and ejections.
To be Clear:
On uniform violations, the official will send Mark the
email and include me in a copy.
On Disqualifications and Ejections, report to me directly that night of
the game and I will send all reports in to the proper places.
Penalty for Uniform Violation:
Administrative Tech charged to the team. 2 free throws. Ball at division line. Counts as team foul.
Player can not participate until uniform is legal.
Other Rules and Points of Emphasis:
Intentional Foul includes excessive contact. We saw several examples
from the film clips.
Automatic Foul on Dribbler if Defender: places two hands; uses an arm
bar; keeps hand on dribbler; contacts player more than once.
I was a mighty proud person sitting there when Mark was talking about
reporting fouls to the table; getting scorer’s attention and other mechanics
and then he said: “BUT I DON’T HAVE
TO WORRY ABOUT THAT WITH THE EASTERN OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION” That was a huge compliment to all
you officials that have worked so hard on mechanics to be recognized for it.
Here is the reference that Mark chose to highlight; he said study Rule
D & E. Now I could go into
detail and tell you what it says here or I can let you go and look it
up. I think that would be good
practice of getting in the rule book so I am not going to talk about it here.
Mercy Rule = Remember what Mark said, Once the score reaches the 40
point differential, the clock runs; even if the score is now cut to 30, 25,
or down to 10 points. If you ever
reach that milestone of 40 points and start that clock running, it runs the
rest of the game.
Meeting the Coaches
Protocol - I was asked at the meeting Tuesday night by
three different officials: “
Mark said we are suppose to ask the coach if his team is legally and properly
equipped. If we do not meet with the coaches before the game, when do we ask
My answer is: We never stopped meeting with the Coaches. We only stopped calling them to the center
of the court in front of the scorer’s table and talking to both at the same
time. We should still be meeting with the coaches, but it is one team at a
time and in their bench area.
Here is how I suggest we do it:
With about a minute and a half left of the clock during pre game
warm-ups and before the timer blows the teams off the court, the crew should
go to the visitors bench first and shake hands with each coach there. When the referee gets to the Head Coach, he
should briefly ask, “Coach, are your players properly and legally equipped”
and accept whatever answer the coach gives. You have done your
job at this point. As referee in my crew, I always like to introduce my crew
to the Head Coach. While shaking his
hand after I asked him if his team was legally equipped, I would say, “My name
is Tommy Mattocks, my crew tonight is Harry Edward, (brief pause) and Wesley
Carter.” Then I would move out of the way so they could shake the coach’s hand. The crew should then go to the Home Bench
and follow the same procedure.
Note*** - I have been with some officials that want to argue or pin the
coach down if he answers, “To the best of my knowledge”. I take that as a yes and I am gone. I don’t
want to make him mad over the English language before the game even starts.
It does not matter what the coach says, if the team comes out with illegal
uniforms, you are going to penalize them. Asking is a courtesy. Accept whatever
his answer is and move on.
our 2014 DSA Winner Robert Tallo – The voting of the Board of Directors to name
Robert Tallo as your DSA winner for 2014 is a
significant achievement in my opinion. Think of voting for the American Idol.
Who stands a better chance of winning that contest, a boy from Dixon or a boy
from Charlotte. Dixon might have 200 people and Charlotte
might have 2 million. The boy from Dixon would have to be mighty sharp and really
have it together to beat out someone from Charlotte. That’s how I feel about
a Clinic leader in a town of about 12 officials. Congratulations Robert Tallo on your selection. I personally know of the work you put in all
these years and this is a very deserving award. I will give you the opportunity to speak at
our Association Meeting.
State DSA Winner
from Mark Dreibelbis and Davis Whitfield Surprised
Tommy Mattocks – I was taken by
surprise when Mark presented me that that State DSA award in which he and
Davis Whitfield had signed. It is
always nice to be recognized but this was special. You know, my name is on
the Association, but the officials are what makes an
association. If the refereeing had
been bad, I would not have received that award. The refereeing in this area has been super
for 30 years and the credit goes to the officials. I will gladly accept the award and hang it
on my wall, but I will be thinking of you when I look at it. I have been
blessed with good officials who were willing to try to be the best for my
entire career. Thanks everyone. That’s our award.
Booking Through Dec
5 and Stopping - I plan to stop or slow down when I complete
the assignments through Dec 5 until I can see the New Officials work on Nov
15. They need some games and if I go
much further, they
will be left out. We need to involve them with assignments and make their
first year both memorable as well as effective in their development for the
future. Once I see the officials Nov 15, I will stretch back out to a month
Local Clinic Visits
– I am down to just three local
clinic visits left. Those will be completed this coming week. I go to the Havelock area on Sunday where we meet at Grammercy School at 3:00pm on Oct 19. I will be in
Wilmington at Trask Coliseum on Monday, Oct 20 at
7:00 in room 119. My last clinic stop
will be in Greenville at Pitt Community College in the Humber Building in
Room 225 at 6:00pm on Oct 22.
Nov 2 - Our Association Meeting is only two weeks
away. It is Sunday, Nov 2 at 4:00pm. We will definitely be there a minimum of
two hours. We have a lot of things to do other than the normal stuff. It should be a memorable meeting for me as
it will be the last one where I am with the entire association at one place.
I may cry. I am looking forward to announcing my last Hall Of Fame Class as
well as some other surprises.
New Officials Scrimmage, Nov
15, Northside High School in Jacksonville – There
is a mandatory scrimmage for all officials that fall into a certain category
at Northside High School in Jacksonville on Sat,
Nov 15. The scrimmage runs from
9:00am to 4:00pm. If you are required to attend, you sign on for an hour time
zone and then you are free to go. We call this the “New Officials” Scrimmage
but that is short for “New and New to the Area Officials”. It is a scrimmage
for me to get to see officials that I have never seen work before. It gives me a idea
of how to book you. It answers a lot
of questions. Are you a Varsity level
official or a JV level official? Are you a strong official where I can put a
weaker official with you and the game would be ok? Are you a weaker official that I need to
book with a strong official so the game will go ok? These are not KNOCKS on you or your
ability. It is just for me to know how
to book you and what type of games are within your
scope. You and I want the same thing.
We both want the game to go smooth with no problems. I use this
scrimmage to judge what your strengths and weaknesses are so I can correctly
get you in the right games with the right partners. “New officials” are officials that are
moving to high school for the first time and I have not seen them work. “New to the area officials” are officials
that have called before in another area and have moved into our area. They have indeed called basketball, but we
have just never seen them before and it would be very beneficial to both of
us for me to get the opportunity to see you. Finally, this scrimmage is also used for
officials that have been with me; but think they are getting over-looked or
under-booked. In other words, if you
are unhappy with your schedule, it is your opportunity to show me that you
are better than I give you credit for being.
First Playing Date
for Public Schools Nov 17 -
Our Private Schools can start a week earlier
and some do; but our Public Schools start Monday, Nov 17. I hope by the time
Nov 17 get here, I
have assignments in your hand through Dec 16.
Starting to Appear on the Scrimmage Link – When the school sends in its schedule, if they list their scrimmage on
that schedule, I
have put it on our Scrimmage List over on the Scrimmage Link.
After Scrimmages are
Completed, Tournaments will be Listed – Once the scrimmages are complete in late November, I will place the tournaments on that
scrimmage link. They are not there for
officials to complain that they did not get a tournament game; they are there
so that if you do not have a game, you will know where you can go to see a
game and see your fellow officials work.
Date of My Clinic
Visit – The Complete Local Clinic
Schedule is listed over on the SCRIMMAGES link of this web page and includes
the topics that will be discussed along with when I am scheduled to visit
with that group; however I wanted to list here a quick birds
eye view of when I am visitinmg each clinic:
Duplin County – My
Visit was Sept 28
Jacksonville – My
Visit was Sept 30
Kinston - My Visit was Oct 5
Goldsboro – My
Visit is Oct 13
Havelock – My
Visit is this Sunday, Oct 19
Wilmington - My
Visit is this Monday, Oct 20
Greenville – My
Visit is this Wednesday, Oct 22
Roger Rickman with
his Uniforms will be at Association Meeting, Nov 2- More than thirty years ago, I met Roger
Rickman on a basketball court and refereed many college games with him.
Since, he started a clothing store where he sell referee uniforms, shirts,
lanyards, pants, whistles, etc. The
only thing he can’t sell is the Referee jacket. Roger will be at our
Association Meeting again this year.
If you did not get all of your uniform items at the State Meeting, Roger can fix you
up at our meeting. Come early. Our meeting starts at 4:00pm but Roger will
set up his display probably around 3:15pm that Sunday.
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Office Hours for Officials – My office hours for officials are from 11:00am to 11:00pm
Up Coming Events / Dates::
Local Clinics – See Chart Above in SCRIMMAGES link
EOA Association Meeting – Nov 2, 2014, Lenoir Community College,
Main Building Auditorium, 4:00pm
New Officials Scrimmage – Mandatory for all New Officials and New to
the area officials – Sat, Nov 15, Northside High
School in Jacksonville
Season Starts for Public Schools – Nov 17
ArbiterSports Site – For your convenience, here is
a link to the Arbiter Sports assigning site.
Once at the page,
there is a Log In box in the extreme top right hand
corner. I will leave this link here
during the season.
ARBITER Tid Bit – Click on any official’s name on the ARBITER
and a drop down screen will show his address.
Click on that address and MapQuest will provide a map to his house. Do
the same thing for a school for a map to that school or rec
My Email Address
- email@example.com (That is a # 1 behind the eoa,
not an “L”)
Home Phone – 252 522 2373
Cell Phone -
- 252 559 0493
Mailing Address : 3000 Graham Dr, Kinston,
N C 28504
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