Rule Variations - Points of Emphasis 2002

1. Feel for the game
It is as important to have a feel for the game as it is to know the rules. It is important to use your
commonsense where applicable and to only get involved in matters that actually relate to the task
you are performing. You cannot insist the player gives the number he is coming in for make it part
of your pregame. Check all players in warm up are on the scoresheet to assist in smooth running of
the game. A player left off by mistake should be included on the scoresheet if present at the warm-up.
Depending on rule variations players not attending warm up may be able to play the specific
rules need to be checked.

2. Conflict between Scorer and Statistician
There should not be any conflict between officials in the game. As part of the pregame speak with
the statisticians as to how you will communicate if there is a query during the game. If the
Statisticians claim an error with the scoresheet this must not be changed without involvement and
agreement of the game referees.

3. Equipment Failure/Count down of clocks
We must be aware what time remains on the game and shot clock at all stages of the game. The
game clock should be counted down at the end of each playing period from 10 seconds. The shot
clock operator should call 10 seconds and then the last 5 seconds should be counted down.

4. Integrated Training of Referees/coaches/Scoretable
It is desirable to have integrated training programs so each is more aware of the others role. This
should be a priority and worked into training sessions in the future.

5. Substitutions between sets of free throws/baseline last two minutes
Substitutions are allowed between sets of free throws. Keep this in mind in particular if multiple
penalties are taken and requests are made. Substitutions can be given to the team in bounding the
ball after a successful field goal in the last two minutes.

6. Payment of Scoretable Officials
Scoretable officials should be paid when the referees for the game are paid. This has been
inconsistently applied between States and Leagues. It is recommended the Scoretable share the
amount paid to one referee for the game.

7. Rule Knowledge
Sound rule knowledge is required of all level 3 Scoretable officials. All questions can be answered
by reference to the official rulebook and that should be the first place the answer is sought.

8. Substitutions when wiping the Floor/shot clock violation
Whenever the referees blow their whistle to wipe the floor the shot clock should reset and there is a
substitution opportunity for both teams. If the offensive team requests the floor to be wiped there is
no reset and substitutions only for that team, if they sub then the defensive team may. If the request
is by defensive team then there will be a reset and again the offensive team may sub if they do the
other team may.
There is an automatic reset of the shot clock when the play is stopped for an injury to the defensive
team and no signal is required by the floor official to the shot clock operator.
When there is a shot clock violation there is a substitution opportunity for both teams.

9. Going the Wrong way
If the teams go the wrong way at the start of the second quarter they should play on and all scores
and fouls recorded count. The third quarter the teams will go in the same direction again ie. the
way they should have been going before the mistake.

If the play has not commenced and they are facing the wrong way for the jump ball the chairperson
should sound the horn immediately and bring it to the referees attention.
Any extra period play will go in the same direction as the last quarter.

10. Double Foul no Reset of Shot clock
On a double foul the ball will be given to the team in team control before the call from the side and
there will be no reset.

11. Zero Time
It is important that games commence on time and that game clock operators reset clocks promptly
so play can resume quickly. There is to be a 3-minute warning before play and then a warning with
one and a half minutes to go before the game and at half time. A thirty second warning should be
given to referees at quarter and three quarter time. Give a firm 10-second warning to referees for
time outs.

12. From Evaluations
At the end on an interval if both teams and the referees are ready to commence and on court reset
the clock. Don't wait for the clock to run down.

There is no need to show ten fingers when the time-out signal is sounded. Just the sound of the
buzzer is sufficient to notify the referee that time is up.

When subs and a time-out is called at the same time, call the time-out. There is no need to call the
sub in. If the sub is requested after the time-out has commenced there is not need to call it to the
referee. Make sure the player is eligible to enter the game

Sub on shooter…keep your finger on the buzzer in case the referee forgets. A quick buzz will jolt
the memory.

Always time the fouled out player. The coach has 30 seconds to replace this player. Sound the
buzzer when time is up.

To completely understand double fouls you need to read Articles 45 and 11.
The shot clock is NOT reset when a double foul is call when the same team that previously had
control of the ball is awarded a throw-in as a result of the double foul.