(May, 2017 Newsletter - Comings and Goings)
 Basketball Officiating rules, news and resources (local, national, international)

  1. camps / 2. hs rules / 3. Euro / nba 4. playoffs / 5. draft / 6. refs comings / 7. wnba sources 8. hs players

Looking for or hosting an officiating camp?

The phillyref.com camp page is the preeminent site for officiating camps throughout the United States. A major update of 2017 camps was recently completed. Updates will continue throughout the camp season.More than 300 camps in 47 states are listed.

If you have information for an officiating camp that is not listed, please submit camp details (including dates, location, contact name and email address) to webmaster@phillyref.com.

Also include missing information for camps that have already occurred this season. The information provides a head start for a bigger and better list next season.

Featured Camp:

Specializing in three Person Officiating

June 09-11 at U. Of Maryland

June 16-18 at Towson U., MD


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We scour the internet for the latest basketball officiating news, features and ref talk for you.

Keep it comin' for youth, college, professional and international referee information.

  1. official warning given to the head coach for
    • misconduct by coach or other bench
      personnel which is not major (4-48-1)
    • first coaching box violation (4-48-2)
    rules 4-48-1, 4-48-2 note that a warning is not required prior to calling a technical foul
  2. the coaching box lengthened from 14 to 28 feet (1-13-2)
  3. new restrictions on names displayed on jersey (3-4-1d, 3-4-4)
  4. two-hands reporting required for (2-9-10)
    • the number of a player fouling
    • the number of foul shots


Margaret Allen from Mt. Eliza, Australia is still refereeing basketball at 84 years of age.

See story at heraldsun.com

Featured Video:
Kevin Durant (38 pts, 9 rbds, 8 assists) carried Golden State to a 113-91 thrashing of Cleveland in the 2017 NBA finals game one. He also repeatedly carried the ball and got a no call.

2017 Euro League Playoff Referees and Season Player Leaders
Click the EuroLeague buttons for men (finals) and women (playoffs) referee assignments along with regular season player leaders. Here are the finals referees.

D. Hierrezuelo
fiba: 2001

Damir Javor
fiba: 2006

M. Jovci
fiba: 1995

L. Lamonica
fiba: 1996

O. Latisevs
fiba: 2003

R. Lottermoser
fiba: 2004

F. Rocha
fiba: 1995

Boris Ryzhyk
fiba: 1997

Janusz Calik
fiba: 2000

Jasmina Juras
fiba: 2005

F. Martinescu
fiba: 1995

Michele Rossi
fiba: 2015

Arturas Sukys
fiba: 2013

V. Tsaroucha
fiba: 2013

M. Vuckovic
fiba: 1999

NBA playoff results, referee assignments and photos for all 2017 playoff games are here.

No surprise. The Warriors and Cavaliers will vie for the NBA championship for the 3rd year in a row. Some notable facts for this tie-breaking finals series:
  • Golden State (12-0) and Cleveland (12-1) have full rosters of healthy players
  • Golden State lost the 2016 final (3-4) with an impaired Curry (sprained knee, hurt elbow) and Draymond Green suspended for game 5
  • Cleveland lost the 2015 finals (2-4) without Kevin Love (dislocated shoulder) and Kyrie Irving (knee injury in game 1 overtime)
  • Mike Brown (former Cavalier coach) continues to replace ailing Warrior coach Steve Kerr.
  • Lebron James enters his seventh consecutive finals passing Michael Jordan as the NBA playoffs leader with 5,995 points
  • Klay Thompson is in a playoff slump averaging 14 points per games and 38% shooting
  • James (32.5, 57%), Curry (25.3, 47%), Durant (25.2, 56%), Irving (25.2, 47%) are in playoff stride



NBA Finals Schedule
Game 1 Thu., 6/01 CLE 91-113 GS (9 p.m., ABC)     |     Game 5 Mon., 6/12 CLE @ GS (9 p.m., ABC)
Game 2 Sun., 6/04 CLE 113-132 GS (8 p.m., ABC)     |     Game 6 Thu., 6/15 GS @ CLE (9 p.m., ABC)
Game 3 Wed., 6/07 GS @ CLE (9 p.m., ABC)     |     Game 7 Sun., 6/18 CLE @ GS (8 p.m., ABC)
Game 4 Fri., 6/09 GS @ CLE (9 p.m., ABC)

The NBA has announced the following 12 finals referees:

Tony Brothers
(6th Finals)

Mike Callahan

James Capers

Danny Crawford

Marc Davis

Scott Foster

John Goble

Ed Malloy

Ken Mauer

Monty McCutchen

Derrick Stafford

Zach Zarba

phillyref.com coverage of NBA 2017 mock drafts includes overall player rankings, separate selection predictions from eleven sources along with player commentary from multiples sources. Here's a sample of what is available.



Dick Bavetta and Joey Crawford lead the list of NBA referee retirees in recent years. Both have a remarkable record of officiating for 39 NBA seasons and surpassing 2,000 games. Other notable NBA former referees include former covert agent Bob Delaney, female referee pioneer Violet Palmer, subsequent NCAA final four official Joe DeRosa and Greg Willard who died at age 54 in 2013.

The crew of recent, former NBA referees is a hard act to follow. New officials such as Mitchell Ervin, Tyler Ford, Lauren Holtkamp, Gediminas Petraitis, Ben Taylor, Dedric Taylor and Justin Van Duyne are giving it a shot.

This article covers officials who either left are started in the NBA during the 2011/12 through 2016/17 seasons. For the "oldies" (those who started before 2011/12), links to a variety of articles is provided. Recent D-League and WNBA referee arrivals and departures for the period are also listed.

These four of the outgoing "oldies" are a few of the many incoming and outgoing referees in the full list for the NBA, DLeague and WNBA.

Dick Bavetta
75/76 - 13/14 (39)
2635 / 270 / 27
12/10/39 -

James Clark
88/89 - 08/09 (21)
1330 / 96 / 1
06/04/43 -

Joey Crawford
77/78 - 15/16 (39)
1755 / 313 / 50
08/30/51 -

Robert Delaney
87/88 - 10/11 (24)
1423 / 149 / 7
11/01/51 -

Australia, Tennessee and Shabazz HS, nj are the leading country, college and high school sources for 2011-17 WNBA players and prospects. Full lists are available to phillyref.com subscribers.

Matee Ajavon
Shabazz, nj
10 yrs, 2008:05

Aliyyah Handford
Shabazz, nj
St. John's
1 yr, 2016:27

Iasia Hemingway
Shabazz, nj
0 yrs, 2012:nd
New York

Ka-Diedre Simmons
Shabazz, nj
Seton Hall
1 yr, 2015:nd

   Looking back/Looking forward

The 2016/17 High School basketball season is done but thoughts of top players linger. Almost all top senior recruits have committed. For the boys, Kentucky leads with commitments from 6 out of the 38 phillyref.com top ranked players. Duke follows with the 4th, 5th and 11th ranked players. UCLA also has 3 commitments while Arizona, Washington and Texas make a statement with players ranked #1, #2 and #3 respectively. The phillyref.com rankings are based on rankings from 247Sports, ESPN, Future150, Prep Hoops, Rivals and Scout.

Other phillyref.com top player information (boys and girls) includes McDonalds, Maxpreps and USA Today all americans. The following screen shots are a taste of what is available.