MECCA NETWORK OF OFFICIATING  - (IN MEMORY OF SONNY LEWIS)
OFFICIALS CODE OF CONDUCT

PERSONAL APPEARANCE

A. PRE/POST GAME DRESS:

1. Arrive and leave all conference events/games dressed properly.
2. Men--Coat and tie or sweater, sports coat, dress slacks.  
3. Women--Dress, skirt, dress, slacks or pants suit.

B. OFFICIAL’S UNIFORM:

1. V-neck stripe shirt, black official’s jacket, black pants, all black shoes.
2. No t-shirts that show underneath unless they are black.
3. NO JEWELRY (includes wedding bands and necklaces).
4. If one official doesn’t wear a jacket, no one wears jacket.
5. Wide black band down the side official shirts are not allowed.
6. Wear an American flag on left sleeve of official shirt.
7. Do not wear or carry anything that has a conference/school logo on it.
8. Strive for neatness in appearance at all times.
9. Uniform shall fit and be clean and pressed.
10. Officials shall dress alike.

C. FITNESS:

1. Basketball officiating is physically exhausting work and requires a well-conditioned body and alert mind.
2. There is no place for those with an unsound heart or weak legs.
3. If glasses are needed off the court, wear them or contact lenses on the court (do not hide the need for glasses   
    and in doing so decrease your efficiency).
4. Manage your body weight so that you are physically fit and able to perform at a high level.
5. Officials are athletes and should have an athletic appearance.
6. The expectation is that officials are at their top level of fitness to begin the season. Preseason preparation shows 
    an official’s level of commitment to their job as an official.

D. DECISION-MAKING SKILLS:

1. Officials shall train themselves to be steady of nerve and have quick reaction time.
2. Officials shall react to a situation immediately.
3. Officials shall be alert for possibilities in all situations as they develop so their reactions will be instantaneous.
4. Officials must have good self-awareness and the ability to be honest with themselves as well as accept honest
    evaluations.
5. Officials should have a high level of integrity.
6. Officials should be leaders and be aware of their image and how they represent themselves, their families and this
    conference with their actions.
7. Officials must exhibit a high level of communication skills with partners, coaches, players and game management.

 
CONDUCT


(A) KNOWLEDGE OF THE RULES:
1.All Officials shall attend their Officiating Clinic and learn the new rule changes, the experimental rules and the   
   major officiating concerns.
2. Officials shall have exact knowledge of the rules and be able to interpret them accurately and intelligently.
3. Officials shall be realistic and courteous.
4. Officials shall not unduly provoke resentment or antagonism.
 
(B) ENFORCEMENT OF THE RULES:
1. Officials shall maintain control of the game with discipline of the players, coaches and bench personnel.
2. Officials shall penalize the rules infractions as they occur, without regard to score, time of game or foul counts.
3. Having a high call accuracy and consistency is the goal. Proper court positioning will improve both accuracy and 
    consistency.

(C) MECHANICS:
1. Officials shall study their mechanics manual and practice the proper techniques and skills as outlined.
2. Officials shall make prompt and precise use of signals as required in the rules book and the mechanics manual.
3. Precise, clear signals create the impression that the officials have the game well in hand. Officials shall
    communicate with each other at a time out to insure this.
4. UNORTHODOX SIGNALS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AT ANY TIME.

(D) PROFESSIONALISM:
1. Officials must always be on time and submit information on time.
2. Officials are never to engage in conversation with coaches and players prior to, during or after the game, other
    than a cordial introduction to the coaches and captains prior to the game. Officials may answer coaches’ questions
    with short, informative, courteous answers.
3. Officials are never to engage in conversation with members of the news media prior to, during or after the game
    unless a pool reporter is brought to the locker room by game management.
4. Officials shall neither visit hospitality rooms nor attend social affairs at the site of the game(s), hotels housing
    teams or coaches convention centers.
5. Officials shall not engage in the use of alcohol at least 12 hours before a game.
6. Officials shall never discuss with any coach the plays or players of an opponent's team in a game in which the
    official will officiate, is officiating, or has officiated in any capacity.
7. Officials shall not use Face Book or Twitter or any other social media to talk about game assignments or games
    worked.
8. Officials should remember coaches and other athletic association representatives are expected to register the
    opinions of an official's work by reports to the commissioner or the coordinator, not through other public statements
    to anyone, including the news media.
9. Officials will not sit or lean on the scorer's table during a time out engage in conversation with spectators, or other
    persons.

 (E) THE IDEAL OFFICIAL:
1. Notices everything but is seldom noticed.
2. Has resourcefulness and initiative.
3. Has dignity of voice and manner but with no suggestions of pompousness.
4. Is considerate and courteous without sacrificing firmness.
5. Can control the players and coaches effectively and understandingly.
6. Has constant concern for the physical welfare of the players.
7. Cooperates fully with other officials.

8. Is physically able to be and is in the right place at the right time.

9. Knows what the rules say and what the rules mean.

 



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