MAGBO held its’ fifth annual In Position Camp in memory of Rachelle Jones during the weekend of May 4-5. Camp was held at SUNY Purchase and additionally at Manhattanville College due to increased camper interest. Officials were able to work on both two and three person mechanics. Classroom presentations, video breakdown and staff patience and professionalism while working with officials was second to none.
This year’s list of campers had officials from seven states including, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. There was even a father and son and a sixteen and seventeen year old in attendance. Campers represented all levels from beginner to novice to Division I.
Classroom presenters and court clinicians consisted of staff from prior years and several new, energetic officials who brought a fresh perspective to the camp experience. Jon Levinson’s presentations on “Foul Language” and “Rule Fundamentals” and Joe Vaszily’s “Elevator Screen” video are available to all campers on the camp Google Classroom. Laura Isabelle was available to all campers for any and all three person mechanics questions. Her ability to patiently answer all inquiries was appreciated by all campers. Carl Small, the Basketball Officials Proficiency Course Head Instructor reviewed two person mechanics with MAGBO Mechanics Illustrated for Two Person Crews. Dan Picard talked about “Professionalism” and Carlos Alvarez followed up with “Keeping Your Availability Up to Date.” Other staff included Al Battista from the NBA, high school assignors Chris Kelly and Cornell Hampton from the PSAL, Sue Shepherd MAGBO Hall of Fame member and Pat DeForte representing the CHSAA.
Officials had a breakdown of each game away from the action with their court clinicians. Campers spoke of having fun and exciting discussions with staff about career moves, health and wellness, forming lifelong relationships, making really great calls, and other camps which might be a good fit to help meet one’s officiating goals. They appreciated the learning environment provided by staff who had a passion for helping and were positive and invested in the performance of officials on court. Many officials were identified by assignors and coordinators as having potential to work their leagues in the future.
The heart of MAGBO was truly on display. Some of the finest minds in today’s officiating were able to provide this awesome training opportunity. One thing is for sure, our campers learned from the best. Our instructors treated everyone with respect, and took an interest in their personal development. No one should wonder why MAGBO is the educational leader for women’s basketball officials in the New York Metro area. Many campers are making the move to become approved MAGBO officials and when they do, they will have the benefit of National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) membership and personal liability insurance behind every step of their career.