Court Coverages

Let’s imagine a very familiar event which we’ve all should have seen once or twice in our 20140512__0513copcrash1.jpglifetime.  At the corner of Jay Street and 4th Ave, there was a car accident.  The collision occurred in the middle of the intersection.  Luckily, there was a pedestrian on each corner of the crosswalks who all saw the same accident.  Would you be surprised if I told you that the 4 pedestrians all reported 4 different stories of the 3-car accident?  This is a simple psychology which can be applied to just about any incident in life.  A single incident can produce multiple outcomes from multiple angles.  In basketball, a good officiating crew will witness the same accident and report the same outcome on every play. 

During the 2018/2019 season, the defending champions Golden State Warriors played a home game against the Houston Rockets.  Kevin Durant attempted to save the ball going out of bounds which ball outofbiybds.pngmade its way into Stephen Curry’s hands. He took three steps out of bounds along the baseline before knocking the ball back in.  Klay Thompson recovered the 50/50 ball and threw it to Curry, who took a step in and knocked down an open mid-range jump shot to give the Warriors a 134-132 lead with 23.1 seconds left in overtime. 

If you want to read the article about the game completely on SBNATION by Kristian Winfied @ (  In the point of this article, it doesn’t matter who wins the game, we’re talking about floor coverage.  Tre Maddox, John Goble, and Tony Brown were the three officials in the game.  Tre Maddox (No. 73) was the one closest official to the play. 

Undeniably Tre is still considered as an excellent official, as he was one of many which went through our program.  We’ve had Tre as a guest speaker many times in the past years.  This doesn’t mean that Tre is not allowed to make mistakes, because he is only human.  Believe that Tre has already review the play and know what he needs to done to be better for the future.  At this controversial moment, would it be okay for Tre to go to his partners for help?  Should John Goble have an opinion on the play as he was at the Slot position.  How about in the Trail? Should Tony Brown come Maddox and say something?  Or is this something that Tre needs to burn on his decision?  Coming to the IPABOA camp, we teach you how, when and why you need to change your position on the floor, as well as how to handle these out of control moments. 

I hope to see you all at camp.



Frank Irvin

IPABOA, Floor Coverage Specialist