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2015-16 NC Memos Archive
  • 11/11/2016

    Please click here to listen to an audio Message from J.D. Collins, NCAA National Coordinator of Officials, regarding the Start of the Season.  To view the audio script, click here.
  • 1/5/2016

    Please click here to listen to an audio Message from J.D. Collins, NCAA National Coordinator of Officials, Regarding Shot Clock Plays.

    Click here to read Rule Clarification and Case Plays, Prepared by Art Hyland, NCAA Men’s Basketball Secretary-Rules Editor, January 4, 2016.  

  • 12/14/2015

    To all:

    Please take the opportunity to listen to the attached message from J.D. Collins, the NCAA National Coordinator of Officials regarding a new mechanic that needs to be used for players going out of bounds on their own volition. This mechanic is to be used immediately.
    As always, stay healthy and be safe.

    Brad Taylor
    NCAA Men’s Basketball

  • 11/6/2015


    Greetings to all:

    It has come to my attention that there may be different interpretations of how we should enforce the delay of game procedures for disqualified players, injured players and time-outs.

    First let’s look at the rule(s):

    Rule 4, Section 10, Art. 1.g and Art. 2:

    Art. 1: A delay is any action that impedes the progress of continuity of the game.  Such actions include but are not limited to: (g.)  Delaying the game by failing to resume play immediately following the second horn indicating the end of a time-out or when a disqualified or injured player must be replaced.

    Art. 2: One team warning shall be given for each of the delays in Rule 4-10.1d through g.  Each warning shall be reported to the official scorer and recorded in the scorebook.  Thereafter, a technical foul shall be assessed for the delay that has previously received a team warning.

    Rule 10, Section 4, Art 4.2.g

    Art. 2: A technical foul (after a warning) shall be assessed to a coach and all bench personnel for the following infractions: g. The head coach failing to replace a disqualified player within 15 seconds or an injured player within 20 seconds when a substitute is available or failing to resume play immediately following the second warning horn indicating play is to resume following a time-out.

    The administering official has primary responsibility in determining if a team is causing a delay and not immediately ready to begin play.  The two other officials have secondary responsibility.  If a team is not imminently ready to put the ball in play issue a delay of game warning per rule and subsequently issue a Class B technical foul.

    As officials we still have the responsibility to know whether a player is delaying putting the ball back in play:

    1)  Player standing by the administering official ready to put the ball in play – acceptable.

    2)  Team has broken the huddle prior to the second horn and the thrower-in is within a reasonable distance and making his way to the throw in spot – acceptable.

    3)  Team has broken the huddle prior to the second horn, but the players are still standing near the bench listening to the coach and not allowing the ball to be put in play immediately – unacceptable.

    As officials, we still must judge whether the team/players are ready to resume play or whether they are in fact delaying the process by impeding the progress of continuity of the game.  It is important that we all make this philosophic and habit change for the benefit of the game.

    Best regards,

    J.D. Collins
    NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating

  • 11/2/2015

    IT IS GAME TIME!    

    Many of you have begun the 2015-16 season with scrimmages and exhibition games.  As you learned at the Regional Clinics, we have 25 + rule changes to enforce and a directive to reduce physicality to create freedom of movement.  As you work scrimmages/exhibition games, IT IS THE TIME to set the standard by calling fouls on physical play.  If displacement exists - CALL THE FOUL!

    A special thanks to Art Hyland and Ted Hillary for assisting with the Regional Clinics.  In addition, having the support of each Coordinator of Officials is greatly appreciated.

    I am in the process of meeting with as many media personnel as possible.  It is our desire to educate the media regarding the new rules and the directive to reduce physicality.  We all know that there will be pain involved if we do our part.  We also know that we have more support than ever before to make a positive impact on our game.

    NOW IS THE TIME, WE CAN NO LONGER DEFAULT TO THE NO-CALL: Call the fouls, be consistent and be diligent with the whistle!

    Best of luck as you begin your season.

    J.D. Collins
    NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating

  • 6/11/2015

    To all college basketball officials:

    I am very excited to serve college basketball officiating as the NCAA National Coordinator of Officials.  I look forward to making progress as we collectively work together toward consistently enforcing the rules of the game.

    Recently, I sent the following e-mail to the Coordinators of Officials.

    To all DI, DII & DIII Coordinators of Officials:

    As you are aware, I have accepted the position of NCAA Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials.  I am excited and ready for the challenge.

    During my tenure, I will rely heavily on each Coordinator of Officials to communicate effectively with your officials to enforce the rules and the mechanics consistently.  My focus will start with each of you and build consensus in how we officiate the game.

    The Rules Committee just completed their meetings and has made substantive changes to the rules of the game.  The rules committee “approved a package of proposals and officiating directives to significantly improve the pace of play, better offensive and defensive balance and reduce physicality in the sport.”  The proposed rules are now being shared with the basketball community during a 2-week “comment period.”  The Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) will approve/deny each of these rules on June 8, 2015.

    Knowing that each of you want the opportunity to teach and train to these new rules during your summer camps, my plan is to share a summary of these rules with you during the week of June 8, 2015.

    I plan to explain specifics regarding mechanics at the fall clinics.  Until then, I would offer the following mechanic focal points for the summer:

    1.  Foul reporting – make sure that our officials clear the players, clear the 3-point arc and have line of sight with the scorer (page 20 of the 2014/2015 Mechanics Manual).

    2.  Stopping the Clock – I am a huge proponent of the directives of the Mechanics Manual which include stopping the clock on every play whether we have precision timing or not.  Stopping the clock will make us better officials and allow ourselves additional time to gain insights on each play as they happen (page 21).

    3.  Mirroring the ball at Lead – it is imperative that we begin to close down as the ball moves to the opposite side.  This will allow us to be in position to rotate if a rotation is needed (page 22).

    4.  Trail official – should be working at or near the 28’ hash.  Most importantly, closing down to get the best angle to officiate each play (page 23).  In addition, it is important that our trail official does not “bail out” to begin covering a play at the other end.

    5.  Communication – It is very important after the foul/violation is called that we communicate effectively.  Often times, our officials have a favorite “signal” that they use at the scorer’s table or at the spot of the foul/violation.  It is the official’s responsibility to communicate “what happened” on each play using the appropriate signal (pages 67, 72, 96, 100, 102, 103, 124-133).

    6.  Reducing physical play – The Rules Committee has given us a directive to reduce physical play.  This includes but is not limited to:

    a.  Re-emphasis of Rule 10.1.4.
    b.  Illegal screens – specifically making sure the screeners are “stationary.”
    c.  Allowing freedom of movement for cutters – eliminating the chucking, bumping and pushing people of their spot.
    d.  Reducing the physicality of post play.
    e.  Adjudicating the offensive initiated contact correctly – not calling fouls on legal defenders.

    7.  Needless to say, there will be a renewed interest in the mechanics of officiating.  While there will be updates to the Mechanics Manual, I would highly encourage all of our officials to read through the Mechanics Manual this summer to get a head start.

    Please know that I desire to work hand in hand with each coordinator of officials.  It is imperative that we collectively are sharing the same message.  The bottom line is to put our officials in the right spot at the right time to make the right call!

    I offer the following information for your future planning:

    1.  Release of summary of approved rule changes – during the week of June 8, 2015.

    2.  Coordinators rules meeting/clinic – September 10-11, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN

    3.  2015 Officials regional clinics – see list below:

    Saturday, Sept. 26 – Phoenix, AZ

    Saturday, Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL

    Sunday, Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA

    Saturday, Oct. 24 – Pittsburgh, PA

    Sites and hotel information will be available when the 2015 Regional Clinic Registration opens on Monday, June 8. Sign-up will be available on the central hub.

    I look forward to working with each of you.

    Best regards,

    J.D. Collins
    NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating

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