Make The Right Call

Game Management

The ability of the officials to oversee the game with minimal errors while keeping the attention on the game and being fair to both teams.

The KEY to Game Management:

  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Listening Skills: Make eye contact, listen attentively, and decide if a response is necessary

Re-direction Skills:
Quick to hear – Slow to speak

Constructive Skills:
Verbal and Non- Verbal

Avoidance Techniques:

  1. Don’t wake him up!!
  2. Minimize interaction with coach
  3. Try to avoid eye contact with the coach or you might have to say something

Technical Fouls
How do you use them?

  1. Pro Philosophy: It’s just another foul!
  2. Pro’s – One instead of two
  3. High School and College- It’s death
  4. Don’t break your fingers calling the “T”

Practice and this will occur naturally.

Personality of Officials

We  ALL have our own character! Timid…gaining confidence…over aggressive

Most important agenda:

  1. Establish yourself in the game
  2. Do the game with INTEGRITY
  3. You are seen as adversary – Make it FUN – It’s OK to SMILE
  4. Leave ALL personal baggage at the door
  5. Site arrival:
    First Impression: You never get a second chance to greet someone, so make your first your best
    Be aware of your body language – make it known that you care.
    Notify the Athletic Director upon your arrival
  6. Pre-Game: Create a comfortable environment.
  7. Table duties – Take this seriously & touch base with them as they are part of your team.
    – Stay on top of this All season.
    – Don’t take anything for granted.
    – High School: More importantly we should check – Public League


  1. Increase the percentage of correct calls
    When you blow your whistle
  2. Calls of Omission.
    Saw it – Processed it – Did not make the call – PLAY ON!
  3. Calls of Error:
    It looked funny but it wasn’t there. Worse, you made a call and it wasn’t there.
  4. Work hard in your primary – DON”T REACH
  5. Maintain consistency in the selection of your calls
  6. Promote Effective Partnerships
  7. Develop a keen sense of direction and detail
  8. Be open to constructive criticism NEVER STOP LEARNING