SO, you wanna officiate basketball...
Supplying basketball officials for T.A.P.P.S. and U.I.L. schools is the
purpose of the Lubbock basketball chapter. The
Lubbock Chapter is a member of the
state association of the U.I.L (University Interscholastic League). Approximately 65 schools are serviced by the chapter. Some schools use our chapter for two
or three of their home dates; other schools use the Lubbock chapter for ALL of the home dates.
at Monterrey High School (47th & Indiana).
for new officials will begin on Sunday, October 6th at
7 PM and run until 10:00 PM for three consecutive Sundays.
The training location is
Trinity Lion's Den Gymnasium (69th & University). Bring a whistle if you have one and dress like a pick-up basketball player. We cover rules, mechanics and
"administrative information". You know what rules and mechanics are, "administrative" includes such topics of WHEN do I get paid, WHERE do we get game
assignments, WHERE do I get good supplies. The first clinic is 90% administrative. You can join the Lubbock chapter at any of these clinics. Oh, and the
cost of these clinics is FREE! You will receive a 2013-2014 National Federation high school rule book whether you join or not.
assignments usually are reserved for members with more than two
years’ worth of experience. The Varsity assigning
secretary serves a 2-year term,
elected by the membership every odd-numbered year. We have a sub-varsity assigning secretary serves a one-year term, recommended to the board by the
Varsity assigning secretary. The sub-varsity assignor schedules for the 4-months of school basketball (November – February).
Lubbock board of directors. All are elected by the membership for two-year terms.
varsity contest is worth 2 points.
Division III: accumulate 300 points or more.
Division II: accumulate 750 points or more.
Division I: accumulate 1500 points or more.
($25 for local, $50 for state). Third year-plus member's dues are $90 ($50 state, $40 local). Part of the state dues goes for rules/case/mechanic books,
insurance that covers a member to/during/from a chapter game assignments. Dan Curry has the information on this, call him for specifics at 789-7139.
The chapter's main information web site is: http://www.lubbockbasketball.com
Chapter assignments can be found at: https://www.zebra-ware.com/msp/Login.asp?ID=7&S=0
You have to be a member to access that site. Instruction on using the scheduling software will be explained after you become a member.
The first year(s) you officiate, endearing yourself to the scheduler(s)
is important. If you tell the assigner that you’re available,
then you’re available.
Don’t expect them to be pleased when you tell ‘em you can’t call after you’ve told him you can call games anytime/anyplace. You may have 8 assigned
games and think, "This sucks - I thought there'd be more games!” Assigned games do not equal called games. There are usually plenty of games that
become available as the season progresses. Chapter (and non-chapter) officials will telephone you and want you to cover games for them. This is
where officiating allows you to control your own schedule. If you don't want to take additional games, don't, though each time you say “no”, there could
be fewer requests as officials wanting to drop games will call the guys who say “yes” more often.
There's lots of folks who officiate basketball games and aren't members
of the Lubbock chapter. The bottom line: ALL it takes to officiate
is a $14.95 black & white striped polyester shirt. Chapter games (school games) have additional requirements. Basketball occurs everywhere, all the time.
There are NO tests you have to pass, NO "card" to acquire, NO dues to pay and NO organization to join just to do basketball. BUT, if you want to do the above,
it has to be done through a chapter. The Lubbock Chapter/UIL has testing requirements and these are taken online through the Arbitrer/UIL web site.
the past eleven years, the Lubbock chapter of has offered a basketball
official training camp during the off-season (June). It consists
of a weekend
team camp where you will be videoed and critiqued by experienced officials. It’s the best camp I know of for the money. Over the years, the site and price
have varied and it co$ts to go to this camp, but after attending, you complete a camp evaluation. This improves your game and allows you to be seen to
enable you to get a better type of game.
If you put “basketball” in the subject line, it goes into a folder called “Basketball”, and I usually hit that folder first.
Gary A. Johnson
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