The Proper Mechanics of Refereeing Basketball

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Refereeing a basketball game can be fun! Learn the mechanics of refereeing with expert tips and advice on basketball violations in this free video.

Part of the Video Series: Basketball Penalties and Their Signals
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DAVE TYLER: Okay. Proper mechanics are important in officiating. One of the questions I'm often asked is: Why the numbers are under five? In basketball, you can have no number over five because when a basketball gives the signals for a foul, you only have five fingers. So the highest number you can have in basketball is 55. For example, let's say a foul occurs on the floor over here, what I would do then is come to the scorer's table, get as close as I can at a good proper angle, usually a 45-degree angle, nice and slow with the mechanic. Let's say the foul was on 51, so you'd 51, hold, and then the ball would go out there. Make sure that the scorer's table sees it, as well as both coaches. You want to make sure nobody is standing in front of the scorer's table when you give the mechanics. It's important also to go--you don't want to go fast. You want to go nice and slow. Twenty one, hold, blue ball. Anything else, make sure that if there's a problem at the table, you'll see the table will buzz, hit the buzzer, and then the officials could come over and talk about any foul that occurred if they weren't sure on the number. So proper mechanics: number one, make sure that the table can see and it's clear; number two, take your time when giving the table the foul. For example, let's change the number a bit. Forty three, hold, blue ball.

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