Rutledge's General Rules of Officiating
Taken from "TIP-OFF: TECHNIQUES OF BASKETBALL OFFICIATING" published in 1986. Don Rutledge has a prestigious career in officiating at all levels and is presently the supervisor of officials for the WNBA.
Personal rules, most of which you wonít find in any rulebook or casebook
- Be a good listener (use your receiver and not your transmitter). Be careful about what you hear.
- Talk softly but carry control in your voice.
- Hustle everywhere you could walk, especially after reporting a foul.
- Sell the call hard only when you need to. (Donít cry wolf on every call)
- Be careful what you say (You never know how someone will take what you say)
- Give a coach no opening to find fault (neat appearance, complete rules knowledge and optimum conditioning)
- Get the captain on your side and other players will follow.
- Get the scorer and timer on your side (bench communication should always be the same: precise, concise and from the same spot on the floor).
- There is no Ďmagic spotí on the floor; keep moving
- Be a quick starter, a good front runner, a plugger in the middle and a strong finisher.
- Be realistic, not legalistic.
- Every referee needs a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone!
- Get the call right and there is no comeback.
- Be ready to admit a mistake and correct it for the betterment of the contest.
- Some of your best calls are your no-calls.
- Effort should rise from strength of character rather than anticipation or reward.
- Make the most difficult task look easy.
- Keep a cool consistency.
- Develop a resolve for improvement and not revenge.
- Leave no doubt about the singularity of your purpose: The GAME