Class Description

MAGBO’s Referee Education and Fundamentals (R.E.F.) Training Course is designed to help aspiring and current officials meet approval requirements to officiate women’s/girls’ basketball games in the New York Metro area, which require the use of NCAA rules and mechanics. Participants are encouraged to attend in person rules and mechanics sessions, complete written homework, and engage in viewing game videos, assessments, and online discussions. Additionally, participants are expected to register for Google Classroom, read all books (NCAA Women’s Basketball rulebook and casebook and MAGBO Mechanics Manual) and all handouts from in person sessions or documents posted on Google Classroom. The course instructors and staff will be proactive in providing support and encouragement in understanding NCAA Women’s basketball rules.

Upon completion of the course, all participants will be given a two-part assessment covering rules knowledge and mechanics application. Those officials who demonstrate proficiency will become approved MAGBO officials. Approved MAGBO officials will have the opportunity to meet high school assignors in the New York Metro area fostering an opportunity for further officiating experience. Floor work and assessment dates will be provided.


Anticipated Outcomes:

• To learn the NCAA Women’s basketball rules and mechanics in a practical manner.

• To demonstrate skills and problem solving techniques while officiating.

• To obtain a collection of various print and online material which will assist in the participant’s continuing education as a basketball official.

• To establish and sustain a regular practice of reviewing officiating techniques, current issues and trends in officiating, and study of officiating subject matter through use of the participant’s membership with NASO Through MAGBO.

• To apply mindfulness strategies while working with student athletes and coaches.


Course Outline:


Module A: Introduction to Officiating

Session 1: In Person

A: Registration/Distribution of materials.

B: Overview of digital and e-learning platforms.

C: Classroom Instruction: Fouls and Violations (examples and brief definitions)

D: Practical On-Court: Blow Whistle for Foul/Block, Charge, Hit, Hold, Trip, Hand Check, 2 Hands/Blow Whistle for Violation/Travel, Out of Bounds, Double Dribble, 3/5/10 seconds/Jump Ball procedure and practice

Session 2: E-Learning

  1. Rule 4 (Definitions)
  2. Rule 1 (Court and Equipment)

Session 3: E-Learning

  1. Rule 2 (Officials and Their Duties)

Module B: Referee Basics

Session 4: In Person

A. Classroom Instruction: Timing Rules/Game clock, shot clock, counts

B. Practical On-Court: Blow Whistle for Foul (REVIEW)/Block, Charge, Hit, Hold, Trip, Hand Check, 2 Hands/Blow Whistle for Violation (REVIEW)/Travel, Out of Bounds, Double Dribble, 3/5/10 seconds/Starting and Stopping the Clock/Counting and chopping/Lead and Trail Position/Lines / Areas of Responsibility

Session 5: E-Learning

  1. Rule 3 (Players and Substitutes)
  2. Rule 5 (Scoring and Timing Regulations)

Module C: In-Game Officiating

Session 6: In Person

A. Classroom Instruction: Technical/Unsportsmanlike/Disqualifying Fouls/Free Throw Procedures/Throw in Procedure

B. Practical On-Court: Blow Whistle for Foul (REVIEW)/Block, Charge, Hit, Hold, Trip, Hand Check, 2 Hands/Blow Whistle for Violation (REVIEW)/Travel, Out of Bounds, Double Dribble, 3/5/10 seconds/Lead and Trail Position (REVIEW)/Lines / Areas of Responsibility/Free Throws/Throw -ins

Session 7: E-Learning

  1. Rule 8 (Violations and Penalties)
  2. Rule 9 (Fouls and Penalties)

Session 8: E-Learning

  1. Rule 6 (Live Ball/Dead Ball)
  2. Rule 7 (Throw-ins)

Module D: Ready to Ref

Session 9: In Person

  A. Classroom Instruction: Two-person Mechanics/Switching/Foul Reporting

   B. Practical On-Court:  Blow Whistle for Foul (REVIEW)/Block, Charge, Hit, Hold, Trip, Hand Check, 2 Hands/Blow Whistle for Violation (REVIEW)/Travel, Out of Bounds, Double Dribble, 3/5/10 seconds/Foul Reporting Sequence/Switching/Rotating

Session 10: E-Learning

  1. On-Line Assessment

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