Remember a Week w/ so Much Breaking News;
NCHSAA Takes the
Lead with HUDL;
Our Supervisor on
NFHS Rules Committee;
Rule Changes for
Some Rules That
Did Not Pass;
Results of Friday
Baseball Playoffs of our Area Teams;
Referee Clinic Dates;
Wow, Cant Remember a
Week with So Much Breaking News Just a ton of Good stuff came through my office
last Wednesday and Thursday from both
the NFHS and the NCHSAA. I am delighted to share some of this on the web page
this week. Topics include Minutes from the NFHS Rules meeting; and Rule
Changes. It will really make us think "Basketball" in the month of
May, how great is that? But the
Biggest and most exciting News came out of the NCHSAA office this week. See
the next Item:
NCHSAA Takes the
Lead with Hudl Mark Driebelbis is taking us where no North Carolinian
has ever been before (I got that from Star Trek). He had indicated to us for
a couple of months that he was looking into HUDL and wanted to work out a
deal to have the Regional Supervisors to be able to gain access to Video from
our schools. It Looks like the NCHSAA is now full steam ahead on
the HUDL deal. HUDL is a video breakdown system that allows an administrator
such as myself to get a film from a school, have it
broke down into segments or plays and be able to send the official by email a
clip of a play or the whole film to watch. I set up my side of the account Thursday.
I have a ways to go to learn the system but we will get there by the time the
season rolls around again. HUDL is HERE. Sounds exciting doesn't it ?
Possibilities are simply endless. I can only imagine how much it will improve
the officiating in our State if we use it and use it properly. Let me just
name a few:
1 If a coach
has a problem call, he can send just that clip; we will review it & show
it to the officials. The officials
have to get better from that experience; the learning curve increases. It is a Win/ Win situation. We will not dwell on the fact that you
missed the call; we will strive to learn from the incorrect call and try to
prevent it from happening again. The film does not lie; and the learning can
be effective from seeing yourself.
2 A coach can
send in a copy of the entire game tape. We can pass that along to our
officials and they can see what they look like on the floor.
3 If the
official will seriously and objectively really look at the tape and evaluate
every call; asking if it should or should not have been made; if he was in
the best position or had the best angle; should he have released to a
partner; where he should have been looking on this play; whose responsibility
was that call; what we could have done better to get that call right; If the
officials will do that: Wow.
4 It will also
give me an opportunity to see more games and more officials. Instead of only
going to two or three gyms in one night and seeing 6 officials; I will now have access to all the games
that are sent in by the coaches and can see the majority of officials in
action in game conditions.
You know sometimes it just takes a visionary to look at the big
picture; to look ahead into the future to make things happen. While my technology capacity has multiplied
many times over in the past three or four years; I am light years behind some of
these people. I applaud Mark Dreibelbis and the leadership he has provided in carrying
the NCHSAA into the future. This
technology is the way to go and not all of us could see that. It took a push for some to wake up and to get on board before the train left
the station. For 25 of my years as
what was called a booking agent back then, I owned a computer that kept up
with the schedules and officials. Just in the last couple of years, I have
had a Kindle Fire, a Laptop, a Digital Camera, a Digital Movie Video Camera,
and I just bought an IPAD. Just this
year, I am now on HUDL and GET PLAYS RIGHT as well as some other sites. We
are just as the tip of the ice berg. I know that I would not have done it all
on my own; it took a push and probably more than one push but I am now just
as excited over this new wave as anyone.
We have the ability to be so much better as an official, as a Regional
a local Association and finally as a State Organization. Mark has led us into the future; it is up
to us to take it even further.
Our Supervisor of Officials on the
NFHS Rules Committee In addition to being an innovator in the
area of Technology, our Supervisor serves on the Rules Committee at the
National Federation. I got to see some
of that work when I received the minutes of their recent Rules Committee. It
is always interesting to see what is coming down the pipe line with the
changes but this year with the release of the minutes; we were privy to see
some of the items that did not pass.
That made us appreciate even more the work the committee did. We like a lot of the things they passed and
we applaud some of the things they did not pass as well. It seems they really had the officials and
the best interest of the game at hand.
Editors Note Before I go On: I received a piece of paper
so some of my interpretations could be in err. Mark will go over all this at
our State Meetings and that will be your official interpretation. If I present or give a wrong impression of
a rule here, it is not intentional; it is to provide you with a quick and
first glance at rules that did and did not pass.
Rule Changes for
2013/ 2014 These items passed
and will become rules:
the use of electronic devices in the bench area PASSED. However part of the
wording " Not to be used for electronic
communication with players" was stricken. Does this mean that they can't
hold the device up to call a play or does this mean
that they can't show a play to a sub on the bench. I am unsure how this was
left. They will be allowed to have the devices and we will wait for Mark Dreibelbis to clarify the State's position on it's real meaning. I will leave it at that and not
The Head Coach
may enter the court in the situation where a fight may break out PASSED.
Thank you rules committee.
recommendation in the rules was changed to a reality. As written once, it was
RECOMMENDED that the visiting team wear the darker of their school colors.
Now it has been changed that the Visiting team WILL wear the darker of their
school colors. The committee felt that the word RECOMMENDED left too much
room for coaches to not comply.
Rule Points of
Emphasis There was not much
explanation about the Emphasis other than to list them. I am sure when the rule book is published, we will have plenty of guidance.
Rules Points of
Emphasis Next Year:
1 - Granting Time Out
2 - Guidelines to enforce Illegal Contact
3 - Intentional Foul
Again, these items were listed without explanations
of Emphasis Next Year:
1 - PROPER MECHANICS - Ed
Note I was not on the committee but I am thrilled they are emphasizing
getting back to High School Mechanics.
2 - Dead Ball Officiating
Some Rules They Did Not Pass
what failed to pass is as interesting as what did pass; take a look at some
of these :
The NFHS would
like to have at minimum of a 10 foot buffer zone around the playing area of a
court; however this motion failed as many gyms do not have that room at the end : BUT it may appear in the rules as a recommendation
so that Architects will try to provide for that in new constructions. As the
rule is written now; it only provides for 3 feet and that is what the
engineers allowed for in the past. It is the hope of the committee that
future gyms will have at least 10 feet.
There was a
motion that recommended that when a coach is calling time out; he should give
a "visual signal" in addition to his voice. That motion FAILED.
Here's a Biggie;
There was a discussion to give a team the option of free throws or possession
of the ball out of bounds. That motion FAILED.
A Move to change
the team control foul signal to a "Punch" like the college signal
FAILED. Thanks again.
discussion to change the game from 4 eight minute quarters to two 18 minute
halves. This measure FAILED
centered around letting the players on free throws
to enter the lane when the try is released. That measure FAILED. That will
NOT be our rule next season. We remain when it hits.
Then there was a
motion to change the game to two 16 minute Halves. This measure also FAILED.
The Committee discussed
changing "Intentional Foul" to "Excessive Foul" to better
clarify. This measure FAILED.
committee discussed reducing the closely guarded situation from 6 feet to 3
feet. This measure FAILED
A Shot Clock was
brought up. That issue FAILED. I was
amazed to read in a survey that 5 States already use a shot clock. Where I
read did not list the States so I have no idea which 5 use a shot clock
Also failing was
a motion for State Associations to permit replay officials to use a replay monitor
during the State Championships to determine if a last second try in the 4th
quarter or overtime was successful. The explanation given was that all States
do not televise all their State Championships; and that there were other
calls that might be just as important to the outcome as the one shot at the
end of the game. Again, as I said; this motion failed and will not be a rule
A motion to
allow State Associations to adopt the size of the coaching box failed. It
would have allowed State Association to go with either a
6 foot box, a 14 foot box or the whole 28 foot box. That motion failed; the
State does not have the authority to decide.
Committee Took No Action on One Item :
discussion to determine the initial possession of the game with a coin flip
during the pre game conference. That motion neither passed
or failed. It was tabled by the committee taking no action. Therefore
the rule will remain as is: The possession will be established after a jump
To Me, It is Simply More Fun Knowing Stop for one
moment and look back up at all the information above
this item. There is a ton of
information that we just shared with you.
It took hours reading and compiling as well as typing. AND if you know me, I am not the fastest typer. But I do it for one reason. For me personally it
is more fun to know a little about the rules, how they were formed and what
they thought about when coming up with a rule. Same for how we got to HUDL. I think there are some of you out there
that would appreciate being In the Know and feel more a part of something
rather than just going out and calling a ball game. You are a part of an
organization that wants to be the best, and wants you to succeed. The more
you know and understand, the chances are better for
you. I could have spent this time on the beach or out to eat; but I wanted to
bring you this news. It makes me feel like I am doing something good for the
association and I like the fact that you know what is going on. So
I continue to publish a web page every week of the year.
Now On to Other News Items:
Friday May 17 Baseball
Results of Our Area Teams
Dixon beat N Duplin 4 - 2
Topsail beat Eastern
Randolph 5 - 0
North Brunswick beat Fairmont 5 - 3
W Brunswick beat Jacksonville 2 - 1
Richmond Sr beat Hoggard 16 - 6
Pick Em Contest Final Standings American Idol
Finished up Thursday Night with the naming of Candice as this years
winner. As some of you are aware, we
always have a Pick Em Contest to see who can come the closest to picking the final seven contestants in
the correct order. Low score wins. The
big prize for all our Pick Em Contests is to get
your name on the web page; so its time to pay off:
Congratulations to Ron
Fly, the 2013 American Idol Pick Em Contest
Final American Idol Standings
2 - Mattocks, T
4 - Evans, Kim =
Summer Clinic Update The Summer Referee Clinic is coming along fine. Full Time Officials are sending in their
deposit and Part Time Officials are sending their one day fees, etc. I would guess that in another week or two,
we will have a pretty good handle of where we stand as far as court coverage
in addition to Rooms and Meals. I
want to thank all the officials that have either sent in their deposit or
told me how they needed to handle the financing of this clinic training.
Clinic Officials Update We
just sent out and update Thursday of this past week and we had a couple more
sign up since then. Here is how we
stand as of May 18:
21 Full Time
27 Part Time
4 Indicate they are going but are undecided on Full Time or Part
Deposits are Due for
the Summer Referee Clinic Clinic
deposits were due May 1. Please send a deposit of $ 150.00 to Tommy Mattocks,
3000 Graham Dr, Kinston,
NC 28504 if you plan
to attend the clinic full time this June. Deposits are used to order Tee
Shirts, Personalized Mechanics Sheets, Whistle A/P Switches and other items
as well as deposit on Dorm Rooms and Meal Vouchers. Deposits are also used to
make a roster and start the scheduling process for knowing how many floors we
can cover. It is one of the most important aspects for properly planning a
great week. If you are planning to go to our clinic part time for a day or a
block each day, please try to get that in this week if you have not done so
Tommy Mattocks Referee Clinic Dates The
dates this summer are from June 19 to June 22, Wednesday to Saturday. Mark your calendar, ask for vacation that week from work
and start saving some money so you can
join us for a tough but fun partial week of refereeing.
Something For Everyone There is a schedule that will fit anyone if you want to
come. Look at this list and find a
slot that fits your schedule.
1 - Full time from start to
finish with Room and Meals
2 Full Time from start to finish with just meals
3 Full Time from start to finish with no room or no meals
4 Part time Come every day in a six hour block (Ex: Come at 8:00am
and leave at 2:00pm; or 12:00pm to 6:00pm, etc)
5 - Part Time Come all day
long for one day
6 Part Time Come every day and work 2 games
7 Part Time Come every day and work one game
8 Part Time - Come one day and work one game
Tommy Mattocks Referee Clinic June 19 thru June 22, 2013
No matter your availability, we have a place for you. We have opened up another court. In the past, we only covered the number of
courts that we had full timers to cover.
I am scheduling another floor for officials that can only come part
time. It will work, you will have a
discounted price and all the amenities of the full timers will be available
For a Clinic Brochure Click on the Link:
Referee Clinic Brochure
If You Are Interested In Our Summer Referee
Clinic From time to time, I will have more information on the clinic
and I will send out other pertinent information later such as what to bring,
where we will meet, the teams attending, the counselors, the class room
topics, etc. If you are at all
interested, send me an email and I will keep you in the loop. An email does not commit you to the clinic, it only tells me you might be interested and want
more information before making a decision.
Send me an email now if it sounds like anything you would be
interested in doing.
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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 officials 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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