Here is a brief follow up explanation to a recent blog post over at Renovation on how basketball referees tell other refs to call games.
If you are scared, the ball will find you.
In a two-person mechanic, with a lead (baseline) and trail (inside the 28 foot line) each referee basically covers half the court as primary responsibility. We all have games wherein it seems all bang-bang (quick, controversial) calls are in our area for awhile. It just happens. Then, the ball moves away from you, or the players get the message and quit mugging each other.
I had times as a referee when I worked with partners who just did not want the ball to come their way. After all, you are standing on a court in a ref's uniform with a loud whistle in your mouth. You have to look thru the crowd of players, see the call, process the call, blow the whistle, drop the whistle, raise your hand to signal foul or violation, get the number of the fouler and the fouled player (if there are shots to be awarded), report to the table and your partner, spot the ball (if there are no shots) and get the game going again. You have to do this right now and hurry about it.
Hurry, don't rush.
Get it right.
There are some guys who just do not want close games with stress on every call. For these folks, the ball develops an unerring, guided missile aspect. Truth is, you are going to blow your whistle 40-60 times in a game, so the ball is going to come your way, anyway.
It is like life. Life is going to come find you. You cannot be afraid. The ball will find you.
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