Learn to be a ref!

Butler County Basketball Officials Association will once again be offering a class to those who are interested in becoming a basketball official.

Class Dates

  • September 18 from 6 – 9:30 PM
  • September 25 from 6 – 9:30 PM
  • October 2 from 6 – 9 PM
  • October 9 from 6 – 9 PM
  • October 16 from 6 – 9 PM
  • October 23 from 6 – 9 PM
  • October 30 from 6 – 9 PM
  • November 6 from 6 – 9 PM
  • Class Scrimmages TBD

Class Location

  • Fairfield High School

Contact Information

About the Class

Our class is designed to teach individuals the fundamentals of basketball officiating. Students will learn National Federation High School (NFHS) rules and mechanics. We will also offer on the court instruction going through proper positioning as well as various situations such as throw-ins, jump balls, free throws, etc.

Each student will be required to

  • Attend a minimum of 25 hours of classroom instruction
  • Pass the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) test with a minimum of 75%
  • Upon completion, any student 18 years old and older will receive a Class-2 license which certifies the individual to officiate all levels of interscholastic basketball games except varsity
  • Any student between 17-14 years old will receive a Class-3 license which certifies them to officiate 7-8-9th grade and non-school games
  • Every student will be scheduled to officiate a minimum of twelve (12) 8-minute quarters of highly competitive scrimmages (Several veteran high school and college officials will be in attendance to assist and critique the students).

Concussion Training

Prior to completing the class and receiving your permit, you are required by the OHSAA and state law in Ohio to complete additional concussion training


To provide every student with the knowledge and understanding of the rules and mechanics to be successful at the entry-level in sports officiating.

BCBOA Meeting Minutes

Meeting #5

November 19, 2018

Opening: Rick Henry – Welcome to our 5th meeting

Treasurer’s Report: Mike Napier – $3,395.07

Rules Interpretation: Rick Henry – The Fitchburg State game that has been all over the news and social media.  Obviously a flagrant, probably something leading up to the situation.  Use what tools you have available to you, send a player to the bench and have the coach try and deescalate the situation.  Stay straight and square on the line and not angled towards the play so that you can see the play in the corner if needed (there is nothing wrong with multiple whistles on the play) considering you are to be looking through the play. Close down so that you are closer to the play, to be in the middle of it to break it up if need be.  You can eject the player on the spot if you deem necessary.  After the play, get together discuss what is going to happen and what will be assessed and how things will move forward.  Direct traffic and get the opposing players to the bench to try and avoid the “chippiness”.  

Have a patient whistle, see what has happened.  Improve your angle and position to make sure you get everything that you should.  Be clear and concise mechanically to avoid confusion with your foul call with a block/charge call, did the offense go “to and through”?

When rotating from one side of the lane to the other, our eyes need to be moving across the lane with us, and not directly looking to the new spot of where you are going.  Make sure that you are seeing whatever could be going in the area that you are moving away from while you’re moving away.  We need to be strong side as much as possible.  “Move to Improve”, if the ball is coming your way, you should drop down a bit so that you can get the best angle on the play coming to you.

As games are beginning, make sure that you are checking with the schools prior to due to weather, as we are the last to know. 

Next week will be our last meeting, we will be in the Community Room at 7:00pm

BCBOA Meeting Minutes

Meeting #4

November 12, 2018

Opening: Scott Edmonds – Welcome, please remember to take your online OHSAA rules meeting by Nov 23rd, if you try and take it on the 24th you will be charged a $50 late fee to be able to take the meeting.

Treasurer’s Report: via Randy Johnson – $3,165.07

Randy Johnson & Rick Henry: Open Forum

 Any situations from scrimmages. All discussed situations may not be written down due to the expansiveness and moving through topics quickly.

  Closely guarded, know your rules and be ready to enforce them, keep a visual count.  Make sure that we go opposite the table after reporting the foul.  Switching: There is no such thing as switching in the backcourt, know your rotations and where you need to be after a foul is reported. Run to the reporting area, then fall back across the court.  Report with the right hand and fill with the left. Free throw, ball on the rim, hand being tangled in the net, popping the ring back up signals basket interference, except on a free throw results in an Automatic Technical. If you have evidence that there is a mistake in the book, you can correct it at any time, but please do it as quickly as you can.  Be hustling up and down the court hustling, and manage the game the best you can

Rules Interpretation: Rick Henry – Judgement: Fouls when to call, advantages/disadvantages.  Contact and a foul is called?  Is the whistle warranted? Was an advantage gained or did we award the advantage?  No advantage or disadvantage was given and the ball goes in, be patient, see the play through and there is no need to call the continuation.  Contact will happen and can even be severe, but a foul/whistle is not always necessary.  A body on the floor does not constitute a foul call.  Identify the pivot foot, you get a pivot foot, and a non-pivot foot, as soon as the initial pivot is lifted without a dribble, it is a travel.  Block/Charge – there is no reason not to have a whistle on bodies crashing on a block charge situation.  Did the offense come to the defender and through?  See the play from start to finish and then make the call of what you’ve seen. Do not anticipate the contact and get caught with a whistle and not contact.  

Officiate the defense, knowing if the defender had legal guarding position or not will make your judgement much easier.  Judgement is understanding the threats we see out on the floor – boundary lines, is the player on the boundary line for a charge, goal tending and travelling – does the player have the hop step, does a team have a really tall player, super athletic players, above the rim play.  Talk about it before, during, and after the games

We as officials. We are all Crazy.  We are all family people, why do we do it – for the love of the game and we are competitive and we all like a little bit of a pat on the back, and we are also proud and want to do the best we can

Closing and Gift: Scott Edmonds- There was no Split the Pot this week. 

REMINDER – Next Weeks’ Meeting will be Upstairs in the Media Center.

BCBOA Meeting Minutes

Meeting #3

November 5, 2018

Introduction: Scott Edmonds State Meeting Deadline is Nov 24, See Orrie for Split the Pot.

Treasurer’s Report: Mike Napier (via Randy Johnson) $3126.07

Guest Speaker: Bill Klamow – SWOC assigner and Winton Woods.  If you are interested email klamow@fuse.net, we do double headers Freshmen and JV, and varsity along with Jr high.  Have a varsity official recommend you.  It can take a few years to get varsity due to being able to see you work, how dependable, work with the arbiter etc. if you have to cancel, do NOT get your own sub, contact bill and he will get the sub. Make sure it is a legit cancellation. Have a book backup with your assignments in it.  Keep your arbiter updated. Assigns games a year in advance to hold dates, then when he gets the games will send those through the arbiter.  Hang around and watch the varsity, if the varsity official wants to give you the critique, take it and use it to improve! As a varsity official, try and show up as early as possible so that you can give that feedback.  If you have a bad situation in a game, PLEASE let him know, not necessarily that night, but the next day for sure so that he can follow up.  He watches how JV officials control/manage a game.  Watch what you say and what you do, because everyone has a camera these days.  “Give them plenty of rope, then jerk ‘em”! One time had simultaneous techs, the coach  

Guest Speaker: Ray Vaughn- Eastern Cincinnati Conference and the Cincinnati Hills League. Contact Ray Stripes150@aol.com  Advancement within the league, watches games and through others that watch games for him.  Give him leagues you have worked in and officials you have work with or those that have seen you work.  Keeps track of turn backs, so if it becomes a pattern you may become a fill in official.  If you have a job that requires you to travel, make sure that your assigner knows, and that you take games accordingly.  Schedule changes happen, the schools move dates, be available if you can but understood that you may have other games. If you have any games out in the arbiter that you have not accepted or declined, please do so either as soon as possible.  We see responses as to why you are declining.  In assigning, take that good with the bad as far as locations.  Pet peeve moving times, requires officials to re-accept a game and the official may decline the game.

Board Election: 

Rules Interpretation: Rick Henry Loose Ball review

See Tim Lewis for scrimmages JV Boys @ West Nov. 10th, Sat 17th FR Boys 3:30pm, several Sat 24th @ West, Talawanda 6 JV/V Girls 20th Tuesday, Edgewood 24th 11am.

Randy Has 24th  1:30 Girls at Fairfield needs 3 for three man

Closing Split the Pot 769785 Rick Blyberg $11