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    What was the game of the decade?

    I understand completely. That's why the rules allow a player to grab the rim for safety. Unfortunately, this kid may have grabbed it for safety initially, but while hanging on he chose to showboat. If you can't see that he intentionally kicks his legs forward, I can't help you. Not only that...
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    What was the game of the decade?

    This is the key. When you grab the rim and do something you don't have to do, a technical foul is likely coming your way. I don't know how anyone can watch the video and not think "the kid intentionally swung his legs forward." It's too bad that he made that poor decision in the last minute of...
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    What was the game of the decade?

    It’s only “not a T” for those who don’t know the rule (or are ignorant, or know the rule but think “the kids should decide the game”).
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    What was the game of the decade?

    Exactly, he intentionally swung himself forward such that his body went parallel to the ground. No amount of “momentum” would cause that on its own. You can see the kid’s elbows bend and his legs kick up and no players around him–that was not the dunk itself that caused that. And if he doesn’t...
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    What was the game of the decade?

    Actually, it was 100 percent the correct call and the official should be (and was, by people who matter) praised for having the conviction to make it, knowing the backlash and threats he would receive.
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    Are cheerleaders essential to the game?

    We are paid to officiate basketball. Just like we aren't paid to police the spectators (but we should be at this rate), we aren't paid to accommodate cheerleaders. First HS game of the season last year, of course there were visiting cheerleaders on the endline (which was already pretty tight at...
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    Are cheerleaders essential to the game?

    Okay Mr. Holier-than-thou, that doesn't mean I have to like it when cheerleaders encroach upon the room I have along the endline to do my job. And of course, Lord forbid you inadvertently run over one who gets in the way or you accidentally brush one of their breasts - someone's mommy or daddy...
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    What do we have to do to stop this behavior ??

    If officials started having more fans removed regularly and were unequivocally supported for doing so (or if game administrators would grow the stones to do it since it is their job, after all), you would see this behavior problem get fixed really quick.
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    What do we have to do to stop this behavior ??

    Most people who behave atrociously towards officials justify it by "fighting for their guys" or some stupid BS cliche like that. And unfortunately too many are willing to give them a pass because officials are an easy scapegoat that people love to hate. What's funny is more often than not, when...
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    Are cheerleaders essential to the game?

    Found "that guy."
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    What do we have to do to stop this behavior ??

    And he probably thought he was justified in behaving like an idiot because of this opinion. Alas, not much has changed today.
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    Are cheerleaders essential to the game?

    All the more reason to get rid of the practice entirely. ;)
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    What do we have to do to stop this behavior ??

    The problem is it's not supposed to be the officials' job to police the stands. But it becomes our job when game administrators don't do it, and then we are the bad guys. Unfortunately too many ADs don't do their job until we ask them to - so they can pass the buck.
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    Are cheerleaders essential to the game?

    No. As a referee who has worked in other states where cheerleaders aren't on the endline, it's one of the most obnoxious things about officiating in Ohio. And if you try to make them move when they're in the way, you stick out like a sore thumb. When in Rome...
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    What do we have to do to stop this behavior ??

    Say what you want, but if you spit on, strike, or otherwise approach me aggressively, all bets are off. My safety and the right to self-defense are more important than the "be the bigger person" political correctness.
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    Harvest Prep over Worthington Christian on a three point foul

    Two bits of advice have helped me in football and basketball officiating... "See what you call, call what you see." "If you think you saw something, you didn't." In officiating, you really do not want to put air in the whistle incorrectly - especially in a close district finals game. If you...
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    Harvest Prep over Worthington Christian on a three point foul

    +1 And regardless of the mechanics lessons learned here, I still stand by my praise of this official having the conviction to make this (correct) call, despite the nonsense "let the kids decide the game" backlash that he surely heard. We all know that it takes more stones to blow the whistle...
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    Harvest Prep over Worthington Christian on a three point foul

    Interesting. Admittedly I did not notice/pay attention my first viewing. It's possible he just used the wrong signal to the table and actually called the foul for the hack. Without talking to him we won't ever know, but it's a good reminder that we need to use the correct signal in our report...
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    Do we need a shot clock in Ohio high school basketball

    https://ohsaa.org/Officiating/permits
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