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Eastern Officials Association

Tommy Mattocks
Supervisor of Officials



- Established in summer of 1984 as a result of a split in the large "Northeastern Officials Association" into a northern and southern association.

- Tommy Mattocks was selected by a 9 member panel of coaches, athletic directors and officials as it's nominee and appointed by the executive director of the state office.

  • Approximate boundaries include Hwy 421 from Wilmington to Clinton, Interstate 95 to Wilson, Hwy 264 to Greenville and down the Pamlico River to the Pamlico Sound.

Dick Knox Distinguished Service Award Winners

1996 – Dennis Arinello

1997 – Harry Edwards

1998 – Rick Weires

1999 – Jim Rouse

2000 – J. C. Reynolds

2001 – Jerry Johnson

2002 – Larry Honeycutt

2003 – Anthony Mitchell

2004 – Earnest Cave

2005 – Shawn Williams

2006 – Ernest Brown

2007 – Mike Brown

2008 – Robert Farley

2009 – Wesley Carter

2010 -  Mike Fredette

2011 – Richard Costner

2012 – Ronnie Battle

2013 – Barry Valicek


Mechanics Checklist

The Booking Agent  of the Eastern Officials Association feels proper mechanics are a vital part of the total  package of a basketball official.  The list below serves as a reminder of some of the items the Booking Agent looks for in an official’s effort on the court.  When you are critiqued, the Booking Agent may simply list Item B 2 as an area you should work on.  Look up in the list and see what Item B 2 refers to.  Study  this list also as a self check before you take the court and take pride in your mechanics; it will raise your game to another level.  Pride can work magic. 


Before the Game

B 1 – Show the referee the respect he deserves by being named referee in the crew; let the Referee take the court first

B 2 – Do not stand together at mid court to observe warm ups; spread out and do your job of observing the players




C 1 – We should have a count every time in the back court; even if the team is quickly advancing up court

C 2 – If the count changes, you should switch hands; if the count changes again, switch hands again

C 3 – The five second count after a basket does not start until the player OB possesses the ball in a position for Throw in

C 4 – Exception to C3 above  will occur if player deliberately delays in getting ball after a basket

C 5 – Counts should not extend higher than the shoulder

C 6 – Practice your count in front of a clock; you may be too fast or too slow.

C 7 – The count stops if the dribbler gets his head and shoulder ahead of the defender




Cen 1 – On made baskets, do not move until you are sure there is no press. 

Cen 2 – Centers should advance up the court almost even, to a step ahead or behind,  with the ball

Cen 3 – Do not run off and leave the ball in the back court  during a press for the Lead to referee alone

Cen 4 – On Free Throws, Center should be on the court and 45 degrees off free throw line to observe players on lane



Clock Chop

CC 1 – The clock chop should go from the top to the bottom in a split second; no Hollywood college chops please.

CC 2 – In preparation for a clock chop, the fingers should be closed at the top and remain closed to the bottom



Fouls Calls

F 1 – If you Bird Dog, the point should be at the player’s waist, not up in his face. Bird Dog when it is unclear @ the foul

F 2 – Stay at the spot until you have all the information needed to report at the table; don’t look back after leaving spot

F 3 – Fist arm should be straight up and high in the air; no chicken wings please

F 4 – If the penalty of the foul is a throw in; be sure to designate the out of bounds spot

F 5 – Tell your partner who your shooter is on the way to the table for fouls that will involve free throws



Following the Ball

FB 1 – Do not follow the ball all over the court; look off the ball when ball is not in your primary area



Hold the Clock Signal

H 1 – The hold the clock signal should be used anytime you have subs on the floor and the replaced player is still present

H 2 – The hold the clock signal is like the chop signal; the fingers should be closed

H 3 – Do not point at partner after holding clock; he knows when to put ball in play. Pointing gives off a bad image




L 1 – Close down  on rebounds and balls in the paint

L 2 – Once you start across the lane on a rotation, go.  It must be a distinct move so your partners know to rotate

L 3 – The Lead should not be seen by the Free Throw Shooter.  Do not stand with players on the lane line on either shot




M 1 – Take pride in your mechanics; it is your best shot at showing your interest for the game and looking professional



Out of Bounds

OB 1 – Point direction with the same hand that you stop the clock with

OB 2 – You should point direction and verbalize the color; some may be looking and others may have their back to you

OB 3 – Designate an out of bounds spot on every OB call and stick with that spot

OB 4 – Do not change your partner’s designated spot; if he designated the spot, take it out there

OB 5 – Point straight down the court; not at a 45 degree angle toward the ceiling

OB 6 – The point should be with the whole hand with fingers closed; not a one or two finger point

OB 7 – Make eye to eye contact with all partners before placing the ball at the player’s disposal

OB 8 – Make one last glance at the table to make sure there are no subs before placing the ball at the player’s disposal

OB 9 – If you are standing beside the player; hand him the ball.  Do not back up and bounce it.




P 1 – Do not squat, stoop or lean; Stand up and referee. You can see just as well standing and it looks much better

P 2 – Do not spread your legs when stopping to referee; keep your legs under you and ready to go at a split second

P 3 – Do not stand with hands on hips anytime you are wearing the stripe shirt; It represents a bad image of boredom




Sp 1 – Be conscientious of spots; let the play decide the spot; not the player or the official.  The play decides the spot.




S 1 – We do not switch on any non shooting fouls in the back court; report the foul and go back to original position

S 2 – After returning to position in S 1 above; out of bounds procedures may require that you slide down to new position

S 3 – Do not switch on non shooting fouls in the front court that cause the ball  to go back in the other direction

S 4 – Only switch on non shooting fouls in the front court that will remain in the front court

S 5 – We do not switch on Time Outs. Do not go to a fellow official’s spot while he reports a foul; he will come back



Table Mechanics

T 1 – Stop before reporting the foul; do not report the foul on the run or walking through; stop

T 2 – Be sure you have the scorer’s attention; look them dead in the eye, make sure they are looking at you before talking

T 3 – Report the color first, followed by the number and then the push, hold or block signal

T 4 – Use only one hand to report the number of the player committing the foul

T 5 – Make a distinct pause between numbers; example  Blue – 4 (pause) 5 - Block

T 6 – The visible numbers on your hand should not get in front of your mouth

T 7 – Do not extent your arm fully in reporting numbers; it causes the fingers on your hand to lay down

T 8 – Arm should be comfortably bent, the numbers should be just off to the side of your mouth

T 9 – A scorer should be able to read your lips and see the number on fingers without turning her head

T 10 – If there are subs at the table after you report; acknowledge them. Either tell them to stay or wave them in

T 11 – Do not say Twenty One, Thirty One, Fifty One, etc; Use single digits; Say Two One; Three One or Five One

T 12 – Ough is a letter; Zero is the number.  The signal at the table for zero is a fist, not the thumb & index finger circled

T 13 – Do not throw numbers at scorer; Hold hand still and slowly but distinctly change your fingers to show the numbers

T 14 – If you have a basket that is going to count; count the basket first at the table. They won’t listen until you do.

T 15 – The report area is a huge 45 degree arc to the table; you do not have to go to mid court to report the foul



3 Point Signals

3P 1 – The 3 point try signal should be given at a 45 degree angle of the arm to the shoulder

3P 2 – The 3 point good signal is the touchdown signal

3P 3 – In the 3 point good signal; the palms should face each other; not outward like a hold up

3P 4 – The 3 point basket is an exciting play; hold the signal for everyone to see just a little longer



The Toss

To 1 – Referee should glance at clock to make sure time is on clock before moving in to toss the ball

To 2 – Referee should make eye contact with both partners before tossing the ball

To 3 – Only the Referee should make the Toss in the EOA; our evaluators are notified that the R will toss the ball.

To 4 – Umpire 1 should count the players on the home team to make sure five are on the court

To 5 – Umpire 1 should check with scorer and timer before raising his hand to indicate that he is ready for the toss

To 6 – Umpire 2 should count the players on the visiting team to make sure five are on the court

To 7 – Umpire 2 should make last second check to make sure teams are lined up in the proper direction for the toss




Tr 1 – Come in and referee, make it a three man crew in the front court

Tr 2 – If you have a count on a player that dribbles away; come out onto the court until the dribble ends

Tr 3 – On an OB on end line; do not run away until you determine which side of lane Lead is going to put the ball in play

Tr 4 – On free throws, Trail should be aware of subs coming to table both during and immediately after  free throw shots.




U 1 – A Tee shirt should not be visible in the Vee area of the Referee Shirt

U 2 – The Vee Neck should be the tight one around the neck, not the loose one that shows your chest

U 3 – White pants pockets should not show at any time while running or standing

U 4 – Buttons on pants should be in the buttoned position

U 5 – The pant leg length should just break, crease or fold on top of the shoe when standing still.




V 1 – The Travel signal should be one and a half revolutions, no more.

V 2 – After the travel signal, you should designate a spot out of bounds




W 1 – Keep the whistle in the center of your mouth; to the side looks like an arrogant wise guy; in the middle is peaceful



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