We are still in pre-season mode. National Federation of High School has produced their annual Points of Emphasis. That’s what we’re covering today — National Federation of High School basketball Points of Emphasis for 2018. Stick around! Hey everybody, it’s Greg Austin with abetterofficial.com where we craft video to help basketball officials get better and to take control of their officiating career. If you haven’t already done so, you’re new here, hit subscribe below and also the notification bell so you don’t miss out on any of our new content which, during the basketball season will be two times a week. Before we get started a special thanks to Mike Wong for this cup of coffee! Much appreciated Mike! if you want to chip in buy us a cup of coffee there’s a link above right up here you can follow that link to abetterofficial.com/coffee Buy us a coffee. keep us caffeinated. keep us producing content for you so we can all get better together all right today we’re covering points of emphasis for 2018 let’s get started. Today we’re covering NFHS new rules and points of emphasis for the
2018-19 basketball season when new points of emphasis are released we need
to embrace what the NFHS is trying to accomplish understand that incorporate
what’s appropriate into our game and improve our officiating along the way
when we’re looking at points of emphasis from the National Federation of high
school it’s important to remember these points of emphasis are communication to
all the stakeholders in the game school administrators athletic
department administrators coaches players officials officials associations
etc ok it’s for all stakeholders some of them are focused on non officials this
year there’s a focus on concussion recognition and risk minimization ok
this is focused on coaches and a DS in handling properly the safety
of their players it’s not a reflection on us okay we have a responsibility to
alert coaches when we feel it’s possible that a player has suffered an injury
that is a possible concussion hitting their head hard on the floor hitting
their head on another player’s knee or elbow etc okay we need to alert the
coaches so that their training can come into play if we a see any exhibition of
concussion-like symptoms from any players on the court again we need to
alert coaches if we have kentuc in custom like symptoms we are gonna direct
the player to leave the game and we need those coaches to properly handle the
players that’s a point of emphasis for coaches and administrators proper
handling of their players with possible concussions skin infections and
communicable diseases obviously this belongs in the purview of
administrators athletic directors coaches the way their players handle
their hygiene etc again it’s not a factor for us officials all right alright there’s a point of emphasis this
year on the responsibility for proper uniform and apparel I would say it’s
proper uniform and equipment as its defined by rules this is directed not at
us as basketball officials we already know the rules we’re already handling
them this is an emphasis to shift responsibility for understanding proper
uniform and equipment rules on to the coach and have them embrace their role
in the process let’s be clear the existing rule code adequately addresses
the requirements but must be understood by coaches and players and properly
applied by contest officials ok so we need to do our job consistently
but coaches and players are responsible now for understanding those rules and
restrictions on their uniform and equipment it is the coach’s role to know
the rules allowances and restrictions it is the coaches role right shifting it on
to them and not necessarily just on to us to be the Fashion Police
it is the officials role to monitor the players and the uniform and this would
obviously begins in pregame warmups we want to take care of as much as we
can warmup shirts come off there’s new evidence that we have to explore
substitutes are coming into the game we need to evaluate prior to their entry
into the game whether they are legal etc we do that already
ok let’s understand I understand that there are no new rules regarding
uniforms and equipment if that isn’t possible then proper penalties must be
levied whether it be against the player or the coach dependent upon the rule if
it’s an illegal uniform and a uniform is cool
defined by rule if it’s illegal that’s a direct technical foul on the head coach
there is no penalty on anybody for illegal equipment if a player is
illegally equipped with miss colored arm sleeve miss colored headband improper
t-shirt wearing jewelry etc that player shall be directed to leave the game
repair their situation and then they are eligible to play there is no penalty by
rule that we can enforce on those players or that coach for equipment
violations let’s be clear about that 100% all right let’s take a look at new
rules for 2018 hey congratulations there are no new rules for 2018 it’s important
to keep that in mind what do we have well there’s new ball regulations for
2019 deeply pebbled channels etc that take effect next year so are there any
new regulations on the ball for this year no no new rules regarding the ball
for this year 2018 there’s a clarification about an erroneous back
court rules interpretation from 2007 we get documentation there’s rules book
language about backcourt plays right understand that it is specifically
addressing one erroneous rules to interpretation from 2007 there are no
new rules regarding backcourt violations everything’s the same okay don’t get
caught up and rethink and your understanding of backcourt will cover
backcourt plays will cover this play specifically so we understand what this
verbage is all about but there are no new rules regarding backcourt violations
one more clarification about screeners needing to be in order to be legal must
be established their screen on the court if they have a foot on the
line out-of-bounds they are by rule not an illegal screening position just a
simple clarification no big deal there’s no new rules regarding screening okay we
have a point of emphasis this year for coaches this point of emphasis is geared
towards coaches understand that coaches have responsibility to know and enforce
uniform equipment rules they’re no longer off the hook coach your players
legally equipped I hope so right no they need to know right they’ve
been given this task they need to learn the rules now this puts a lot of
pressure on us to be extremely consistent about what the rules are okay
so we’re gonna take a brief section just to review all right here’s our review
this is the way I describe it understand different sets classifications of
equipment okay undershirt the player is wearing an
undershirt undershirt is an extension of the jersey okay I’m wearing a red jersey
I must wear a red undershirt that’s the color restriction red undershirt red
jersey I’m wearing a white jersey must be white black jersey must be black
simple predominant color of the Jersey t-shirt same undershirt rather is by
itself now we have a package of stuff okay we have other equipment we have
headbands wristbands sleeves on the arm sleeves on the leg tights extending
below the short okay sleeves on the arms and legs wristbands
headbands they’re all in a package okay National Federation of high school all
must be the same color okay all must be in that package everything in that
package must be the same color those colors are always black
white or beige is legal plus the predominant color of the jersey alright
very straightforward we need to be consistent about this headband wristband
sleeves sleeves on the leg tights okay that’s all part of the package all has
to be the same color for both the player and all the team members who participate
in the game okay everybody’s got to be the same in addition we have braces
okay I’m wearing a knee brace a knee support brace if it’s a brace by rule
there’s no color restriction it’s not part of the package okay simple braces
by rule not part of the package no color restriction what’s left headgear
okay I’m wearing one of those soft padded things on my head I’m wearing
some sort of protective thing I’m wearing a religious headgear
okay cultural headgear a turban a head wrap of some sort these are not part of
the package they do not have color restriction depending on your local
regulatory body they have been approved not approved etc okay but they are not
part of the package what’s in the package let’s review headband wrist band
arm sleeve leg sleeve tights all part of the package same color for
each player same color for each team member who participates simple we need
to be consistent on that alright that’s all for that but take away again for
proper uniform and apparel this is now the coach’s responsibility they need to
embrace that role the committee’s left to him couldn’t conclude that the
existing rule code adequately addresses the requirements there are no rules
changes but must be understood by coaches and players and properly applied
by contest officials now that we’re shifting the responsibility for
understanding onto the coach we need to as in our role help both coaches
understand the rules and restrictions by first of all be
accurate but also by being very consistent this crew comes in next night
there’s another crew next night there’s another crew and they were all
consistent in their interpretation of the rules about uniform and equipment
all right points of emphasis for officials 2018 traveling is a point of
emphasis rough play during loose ball understanding loose ball scenarios
enforcing penalties for illegal contact guarding principles and verticality this
is an essential part of what we do as basketball officials we have to
understand guarding principles and verticality that’s step one in the whole
process and FHS says let’s review let’s get better all right and finally
professionalism the language that we use the way that we communicate with all the
stakeholders in the game point of emphasis traveling the problem is there
are too many inaccurate rulings more emphasis is needed in finding the pivot
foot and officials need to know understand fully the rules and
restrictions about traveling here’s the heart of the matter right here with the
advent of popular moves such as the Euro step officials at times appear to call
infractions that are not violations because they look funny but at the same
time we miss violations that should be called they the player did travel and
we’re now calling traveling consistency of accuracy is the problem travelling is
called when it’s legal traveling is not called when it’s illegal quick review
after coming to a stop and establishing a pivot foot a pivot foot may be lifted
but not return to the floor before the ball is released on the pass or try for
goal if the player jumps neither foot may be returned to the floor before the
ball is released on a pass or try for goal here’s a quick tidbit knowing the
rules were better allow officials to administer the rules related to
traveling that is a true statement point of
emphasis guarding and verticality again understanding what legal guarding
position is absolutely essential and understanding the principle of
verticality again this is the bread and butter of what we do as basketball
officials is officiate whether a player is legal when they guard or not point of
emphasis rough play on loose balls again concussions are a focus for NFHS they
want to reduce injuries in the game of basketball they want to reduce injuries
by reducing rough play that leads to injuries addressing rough play involves
properly penalizing illegal contact in loose ball situations that’s our point
of emphasis the committee feels that with these reminders excessive physical
contact while recovering a loose ball can be properly administered and prevent
situations from escalating into more egregious acts or takeaway here the
rules about recovery of the ball require constant review to ensure that acts are
not deemed as violations that are in fact legal such as sliding with the ball
we’re concentrating on possession of the ball players being hindered or
obstructed from a legal path to the ball if a loose ball is possessed by
opponents blow the whistle immediately right we have a held ball situation on
the floor blow the whistle immediately and the play if a player is impeded by
an opponent rule a foul immediately point of emphasis professionalism what
we want to do is look at examine individually all of our interaction with
game stakeholders we arrive at a venue the athletic director lets us into the
coach’s room or our changing area our interactions with that person
nationalism at all times game administration we come out onto the
floor we identify our game administrator we’re gonna ask them where they’ll be
during the game so that we can come to them with any issues with the crowd we
don’t want to interact directly with the crowd or any issues around the court
that can be handled by the game administrator that’s their rule ok we’ll
introduce ourselves to them we’ll alert our partners to who they are where
they’ll be etc by our interactions for them are professional our table
personnel are part of our crew we need to be professional with them there can
be frustrations related to their competence sometimes but again we remain
professional we elevate the game and obviously with coaches we just want
to take the high road and be professional we’re professional with our
language and also we’re gonna have an emphasis we’re gonna examine this year
having an emphasis on rules book language with our communications so that
again we can achieve a level of consistency as a group of officials how
we present information to the stakeholders in the game we want to have
a rules book emphasis on our language scoring the goal as opposed to counting
the basket end line is that a baseline division line instead of midcourt line
etc just basics our rules clarification for this year about backcourt involves
involves one single play that was improperly interpreted by the committee
in 2007 as being a violation we’re gonna look at that play this play is now by
rule legal so the NFHS said you know what we have this interpretation it was
wrong we’re gonna fix it by including an exception into the rule but recognize
that the rules have not changed here’s our play this is a legal play in 2007
NFHS said this play is illegal and this is a backcourt violation on red let’s
look at the play all right when we look at backcourt
plays let’s go through our process our checklist we have team control by red
they are holding or dribbling the ball in the backcourt the ball is passed and
contacted by a player with frontcourt status white this means the ball now has
frontcourt status by rule again these are the basics the red player with
backcourt status jumps and catches the ball in the air now giving it backward
status in 2007 NFHS had an interpretation this play is now illegal
we’re gonna rule that this player was both the last to touch in the frontcourt
and the first to touch in the backcourt simultaneously by catching the ball
it was convoluted logic and has been corrected okay this play is now legal
critical component to understand is even though there’s language being expressed
by NFHS about back core rules and restrictions this is the only play that
is being addressed this one play this play is legal there are no rules changes
regarding backcourt violations don’t get hung up and thinking that there are you ball is loose black player lands on top
of the white player that’s a play we need to address okay players are allowed
to equally pursue the ball but if they’re with their body they are playing
the other player and have rough play and sue that needs to be addressed that
plays pretty subtle this one’s more obvious so loose ball team control white the
white player plays the red player going after the red player with illegal
contact that’s what we needs to be addressed okay so in this situation we
have white with team control this would be a treat team control foul on white verticality plays all right
white 24 has a spot on the floor jumps straight up is actually yielding just a
little bit contact occurs this is a legal play now white turned her body
allowed by rule this is a legal play the principle of verticality applies legal white defending watch the feet has a
spot on the floor 34 goes up legal white is strong red
runs into a brick wall watch the feet that’s his spot legal straight up yielding the displacement is
ruled as incidental legal all right now we have a foul all right
we’ve had three legal plays now we have a foul what’s the difference
note the defensive player goes from a single spot on the floor from a to be
causing contact moving towards the player illegal contact foul all right we’ve all seen this play right you got the illegal Chuck and then
reflexively the hands up coach I was legal
I was legal plays bread-and-butter so when we look
at block charge plays or guarding plays obviously the first thing we need to do
is establish whether a player had legal guarding position legal guarding
position is clearly defined by rule as a player with two feet on the floor
torso facing their opponent okay so we’re gonna look at that they’ve
obtained legal guarding position they can maintain legal guarding position by
moving laterally obliquely or back legal once a player is airborne their
defensive position must be established prior to the player going airborne right
our basic framework for a legal guarding position step number one in the process is the
player legal does he have to feet on the floor
torso facing the opponent yes this player has legal guarding position but
his feet are wide our feet part of the definition of legal guarding position no torso contact on this play a block is
ruled upon reflection looks like a charge all right before we see this play let’s
just remember NFHS wants to reduce injuries reduce concussions reduce rough
play okay let’s see if this play needs a whistle yes it needs a whistle we’re looking at
the defender on this passing crash before the player goes airborne does he
establish a legal position does he have two feet on the floor facing the
opponent prior to the player going airborne yes
torso contact should be a charge needs a whistle in any event note state-championship 18 seconds into
the first period excellent is the player legal two feet on the floor facing his
opponent yes what is he allowed to do on a dribbler he can his his objective is
to move his torso into the path of the player that’s his objective that’s the
objective of guarding moving your torso does he legally move his torso watch his
feet Slatterly obliquely or back that’s our judgment on a play like this secondary defender block charge play so
what we want to do is evaluate is she legal does she have two feet on the
floor facing her opponent is she there prior to the player going airborne two
feet on the floor facing her opponent player yet to go airborne
yes torso contact yes charge yes secondary defender play two feet on the floor facing his
opponent arge you two feet on the floor facing her
opponent prior to airborne close all signs point to calling correct yeah
close but that’s that’s simply the formula we’re looking for is the player
legal is their torso contact the player is not there legally we have a block if
the player is there legally and we have torso contact we have a charge that’s
our process for evaluation alright we’re going to look at many different
traveling plays here again point of emphasis is in accuracy is a problem
legal plays are being called illegal illegal plays are not having a whistle when we look at these travelling plays
first thing we’re gonna do always is establish the pivot foot right that’s
our step one in our process as officials for evaluating legality in this case
left foot pivot foot clip pretty obvious that’s a legal move that’s what we want
in our game left foot pivot you all right what do we have here layered
dribbles picks up the ball her left foot is her pivot foot correct we can agree
on that this ball is in the leads primary the
lead is officiating this primary matchup player lifts their left foot legal and
returns it to the floor illegal violation ruled call correct so get another play gonna look pretty
similar left foot pivot lifts the left foot
releases the ball this is a play that quote-unquote looks funny but what we
need to do is understand the rule on the play and not just react to look funny we
want to choose to rule accurately all right here’s a sequence of plays
this player a lights off of his left foot lands simultaneously with two feet
this is a legal play that’s going to be the basis for the next couple of plays
jumps off one lands on two simultaneously that’s legal jumps off one lands on two but what’s
different jumps off the left foot legal land simultaneously with two legal
everything’s good but then lifts a foot and puts it back down illegal you here we are right foot pivot jumps off
one lands with two simultaneously a legal play jumps to shoot is fouled but
a erroneous traveling violation is ruled all right place seven is a Euro step
play holding the ball left foot pivot jumps off the right legal play all right a more skilled example left
foot right foot legal important to remember with Euro step plays why our
brain potentially gets tricked that the player changes speed dramatically right
and that’s the point of the move and when it seems like they really slow down
and our brain says oh wait a minute something funny has happened okay we
have to fight through that and just judge the foot work on its merits whoa that’s got to be a travel let’s
remember is in loose ball plays player can slide with the ball they can slide
any length it’s not defined by rule once they have stopped sliding there are
restrictions they can sit up but they cannot roll over nor may they attempt to
stand so they can sit up pass shoot dribble call timeout all those things
are available to them similar play all right a little more
deceptive on this play as the player has twisted her body but that’s a legal play
she has not rolled over she basically just reached behind her collected the
ball and brought it in front of her simple can’t jump lift your pivot foot
and then initiate a dribble one of the basics okay a player holding the ball is not
allowed to stand or attempt to get up this player does official doesn’t react
one of the other important parts of the point of emphasis is recognizing how our
position affects our ability to make proper rulings in this case the official
is too close to the play I call it looking in the well when you’re looking
down towards your feet it’s difficult to have accurate rulings at least it was
for this guy on this play all right I look funny play let’s establish the
pivot foot jumps off all right I look funny play let’s
establish the pivot foot holding the ball left foot pivot right foot slides
legal puts a hand down legal we can put our we can that’s the one thing we can’t
put on the floor legally holding the ball legal play similar right foot pivot elbow touches the floor
illegal again close proximity by the official may be a factor in terms of
judging the play from here it’s obvious post play let’s look for pivot looks
like we have a right foot pivot legal little hop holds the ball hand under the
ball returns the pivot foot to the floor that’s traveling before the foul
alright that’s let’s do a quick review we’re talking about new rules for 2018
the great news is there are no new rules for 2018
there’s simply two clarifications one about an erroneous back court call
there’s no change in back court rules also screeners must be on the court to
be legal a simple clarification coaches now have a point of emphasis that they
are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations regarding uniforms and
equipment we’re gonna help them but they need to embrace that rule for officials
we have four areas of concern one is traveling the second is illegal contact
or a loose ball situations potential rough play being eliminated reviewing of
guarding principles and verticality absolutely an essential of what we do as
basketball officials and we’re also looking to just look at our level of
professionalism and upgrade and any area that we can in terms of our
communication with stakeholders school administrators athletic directors site
administrators coaches table personnel partners having a more professional
level of language the way that the way what we use as well we just want to
improve all right that’s gonna wrap it the 2018 look at points of emphasis for
NFHS basketball in 2018 looking at the points of emphasis understanding them
incorporating them into our game as basketball officials will make us better
that’s what we’re all about here at a better official I’ll put a link right
here on our web site of a copy of the points of emphasis
that you can review for yourself remember thanks Mike for the cup of
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16 thoughts on “NFHS Basketball Points of Emphasis [2018]”

  1. This is awesome Greg!! You and your team do an amazing job at bringing us officials, knowledge that's needed to be known when it comes being in between the lines. Keep up the great work!

    -Napolean Thurman

  2. First of all, great video. Just want to get a traveling rule clear. a HAND can be put down to avoid a travel, but not any other body part, ie elbow or knee, correct?

  3. Greg- My name is Matthew I'm a subscriber to your youtube page, a member of the NFHS – officials facebook group and a new official starting this season. I joined the SVSOA and will be starting as an official this fall. I'm a big fan of your work on youtube and so are a few of us who are going through the training. I was wondering if you would have any objection to a few of us coming to watch you work a 2 man game the once the season starts. I live in Oakland, some of the others live in Silicon Valley but all are very much in agreement that it would be worth it from an educational standpoint to come watch you work if you would be comfortable with that. Appreciate your time. Warm Regards, Matthew.

  4. Excellent work!! Your video editing skills are getting better and better!! Thank you for doing this. I’m sharing with my board and I hope they follow you.

  5. Joining sjvoa this year as first year official, I have learned so much from your video wanted to say thank you. And I hope I can travel someday to see you officiate a game live to pick your brain.

  6. A Better Official- Love the video, great stuff. Question- In Traveling Video Play 7, you mentioned that this was a legal play. Wasn't this play called correctly by Lead as a travel? #25 drags/taps pivot foot before shot which is illegal by rule.

  7. For the block charge at 27:00. 18 seconds in 1st Q: what would you have ruled it? You didn’t answer, you said he was legal? Assuming you would of went charge?

  8. Awesome content, as usual. I especially like the traveling videos. Request: can you do a video on "spin moves by the ball handler"? I have yet to see one of these moves that is NOT a travel, although the vast majority of the time, officials don't catch it. This is especially true when the spin move "looks good". I don't think this is a particularly difficult one to officiate, yet it's rarely called.

  9. "similar"…rule book says undershirts…those one with short sleeves…must be similar to color of jersey…now, home team always wears white jersey…and so white Ts underneath…away team with solid color dark jersy can't wear black T's?…hmmmph…waited for mention of this, but just mention of 'package'☺…nice clip…

  10. on Eurostep call – does he not start the gather with right foot on floor? Two hands on ball, right foot down, step left, step right – travel.

  11. Same with play 13 – 'sliding play' – two hands on ball with right foot on floor, left foot step, right foot touches floor – travel. This is part of why I don't officiate anymore – travelling instruction is inconsistent

  12. Rules 2018.. During Jumpball, one of the jumpers catches the balltoss from the referee. Is this valid? If yes,, give reason, if no, give the reason too, please Reply my question.. Thanks..

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