OFFICIALS CODE OF CONDUCT
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
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
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
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
3. Officials shall be alert for
possibilities in all situations as they develop so their reactions will be
4. Officials must have good
self-awareness and the ability to be honest with themselves as well as accept
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
conference with their actions.
7. Officials must exhibit a
high level of communication skills with partners, coaches, players and game
(A) KNOWLEDGE OF THE RULES:
1.All Officials shall attend
their Officiating Clinic and learn the new rule changes, the experimental rules
major officiating concerns.
2. Officials shall have exact
knowledge of the rules and be able to interpret them accurately and
3. Officials shall be realistic
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
2. Officials shall penalize the
rules infractions as they occur, without regard to score, time of game or foul
3. Having a high call accuracy
and consistency is the goal. Proper court positioning will improve both
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
3. Precise, clear signals
create the impression that the officials have the game well in hand. Officials
communicate with each other at a time out to insure this.
SIGNALS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AT ANY TIME.
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
than a cordial introduction to the coaches and captains prior to
the game. Officials may answer coaches’ questions
with short, informative,
3. Officials are never to
engage in conversation with members of the news media prior to, during or after
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),
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
official will officiate, is officiating, or has officiated in any
7. Officials shall not use Face
Book or Twitter or any other social media to talk about game assignments or
8. Officials should remember
coaches and other athletic association representatives are expected to register
opinions of an official's work by reports to the commissioner or the
coordinator, not through other public statements
to anyone, including the news
9. Officials will not sit or
lean on the scorer's table during a time out engage in conversation with
spectators, or other
(E) THE IDEAL OFFICIAL:
1. Notices everything but is
2. Has resourcefulness and
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
8. Is physically able to be and is in the right place at the right
Knows what the rules say and what the rules mean.