The Duke Basketball program has mastered the art of respecting officials for many years. You will rarely see a Duke player complain or disagree with an official about a call. Simply put, they have learned how to groom officials in a way that typically results in favorable calls later in the game.
3 Reasons you should NOT complain to officials:
- It Doesn’t Help: Officials don’t have anything against you or your team, until you give them a reason.
- Reputation: You are creating a reputation among officials. Word gets out whether your team complains about calls or simply plays the game.
- Human nature: Bad calls happen and that will never change. However, you can control, even if it’s subconsciously, future calls by the way you act and play the game.
7 Ways To Respect Officials During Games:
- Play Hard: basketball officials officiate because they love the game of basketball and they respect players and teams that give the most effort.
- Build Respect: on a dead ball, never make an official have to move to get the ball. Go after the ball, hand it to them, or give them a bounce pass.
- Embrace Bad Calls: because complaining about them will never make an official change his mind. A disciplined player/team will find the ability to agree with the official even if it’s the wrong call in hopes of getting the close calls later in the game.
- Take Charges: and then make sure the other four players help the guy up. Officials like to see a charge, and they also like to see four players help them back up.
- Protect Teammates: by redirecting them after a bad call, move them away from officials. Any communication should be done through the captains.
- Hustle: both on and off the floor during timeouts and at the end of quarters. This demonstrates to officials that you respect the allotted time.
- Let the Coach work: because they usually have a plan for working the officials. If you complain to an official you’re disrupting the process.
- Body Language: everything that you are thinking can be assumed through body language, showing hands in disagreement or even slouching are signs of selfishness. This attitude can spread like a cancer. Don’t be that guy.
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