Especially for NEW OFFICIALS

As a new basketball official you are probably wondering how the assigning process works. Let's go over a few basics that will lend some insight into how assignments are made and the role of Local Officials Associations (LOA’s).

· In our area LOA’s do NOT typically make high school assignments, though area High School Assigners usually belong to the associations

· Though the Assigners may look inward to their membership to fill assignments though these groups, assignments are NOT limited to association members

· One of the primary roles of the LOA’s is to provide pre-season education training on the most recent rules changes and mechanics points of emphasis

· Assigners may tend to hire officials who belong to LOA’s, as they feel that it's more likely that those officials will be properly trained and be well versed on the most recent officiating philosophies Association membership will also introduce you to other officials who know the Elementary School Assigners in their geographic area

· Most, if not all, of the preseason meetings take place in the fall.. Please contact the LOAs in which you are interested to check their meeting schedule. Most will welcome prospective members to attend of any these meetings

,· A list of LOA’s is available on the IACO website – follow this link -

· A list of area Assigners is also available on the IACO website -

· Basketball assignments at the High School level are typically made well in advance of the season, usually around the spring/summer, depending on the level

,· There may still be opportunities to work as family, work, travel and injury issues pop up during the season. For NEW or NEWER officials the best advice given is to have your officiating bag in your car as you never know when the 911 call will come for a last minute replacemen

t· Select a conference(s) that interests you – this can be the school(s) in the area where you live or school(s) to and from your way to work. Then contact the assigner (see list above) and ask to be “ranked” (they will know what this means in Arbiter-speak) in their conference so you can receive consideration for assignments. Additionally, many assigners make games available on a "Self-Assign" basis, so you should check Arbiter reguularly fior these opportunities.

· You should also frequent local high school games in your area and ask the officials working the game if you can sit in on their pre and post game meetings. This will give you an excellent opportunity to network and also see how the games are officiated. Early in your career, especially, you can learn as much by watching as you can by being on the floor. You will get an understanding of the spacing involved to properly call a game

.· To become a good official requires an investment in time that you may not have been aware of prior to deciding to officiate. Treat every opportunity to watch and work as the investment necessary for you to develop. If done properly it can be the best “part time” job you will ever have!

If you have any other questions feel free to email any of the Assigners for your conference(s) of interest. Hopefully this will answer some of your questions regarding:
1) how assignments are made,
2) how to receive assignments and,
3) the role of Local Officials Associations in your development.

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