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Tuesday, 19 October 2021
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Frank Irvins' Blogs

The Mental Effects of the Game


Aside from an official’s physicality, there are three factors that can overcome a referee’s ability to perform.  These things that can happen at any moment in a basketball game.  These mental effects have the capabilities to unfold rapidly, creating chaos among your crew and the game.  The worse part of this is the only person that may not be able to see it happening, is you. 

Pressure.  The pressure from the crowd, the coach and players and the game can cause a disruption in your play calling abilities.  Naturally, pressure is designed to have an inverse effect on your awareness in the game.  As pressure goes up, your awareness goes down.

Anxiety.  The anxiety of working the game brings fear to your whistle.  The sound of your whistle may be drowned out by the crowd.  You may be afraid to make a wrong call.  Everyone is calling the fouls for you. 

Fatigue.  At this point we let everything go, and make the easy calls and violations.  You are unable to move up and down the court, which half court becomes your central area of officiating.

When we have been compromised from any of these events, we tend to fall back on our habits.  Understand your habits and differentiate between your good and bad habits.  This is why you should establish good habits.  It is for these moments that it is best to fall back on good habits, rather than bad habits.

WNBA: Video Break-down #23


A very interesting play, as the crew did an excellent job in watching it develop.  

There may have been an elbow at the end of that play, which the shooter used to gain an advantage in her shot.  I was hoping that the call would come from the lead.

I'd definitely like to hear any thoughts on who's primary should be on this play. 

Your thoughts.




WNBA: Video Break-down #21


Let's talk about last rotations that come towards the end of the period.  Watching this play over again, it seems the lead should have pinched the paint instead of rotating at about 9 seconds.  The play ended on the side he was at orginally.  But that's only because we watched this play over again.

This happens quite a bit to all of us who officiate enough 3 persons.    

Is there a guided mechanic for officials to rotate above a certain time left on the last play of the periods?

Was it okay for the lead to rotate to give the slot a better look on that matchup?

Your thoughts.



WNBA: Video Break-down #22


The play started in the trail's primary.  We've learned this one quite a bit.  On curl away, you're going to stay away.  I'm not sure if there was contact from this angle, but I would like a call to come from the slot position on this play..

You're thoughts?




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