The Crown Refs Podcast
By Paul Diasparra
The CROWN REFS Podcast is the audio experience for basketball officials. It features Joey Crawford, Roger Ayers, Dee Kantner, Maia Chaka, Lisa Mattingly, Tyler Ford, Penny Davis, Reggie Greenwood, Mark Wunderlich, Diana Depaul, Scott Foster, Marc Davis, Al Battista, Crystal Hogan, Bo Boroski and many more. Hosted by Paul Diasparra. #Servethegame
#253 Rapid Responses 8 | feat. Coach Sheldon | [Full Episode available on PATREON]
This episode is the 8th installment of our Rapid Response series, which is designed to help arm your tool belt with ready and effective responses for ANYTHING a coach throws at you. In this session, we hit on some powerful themes like: 𝟭. It's more important to establish respectful communication guidelines than it is to provide a good explanation about a play. 𝟮. Hence, be sure to prioritize the most important topics during your conversations (ex. if they're screaming about a block/charge play, we need to address the scream before the block/charge) 𝟯. The Power of Complimenting the coach when they are speaking respectful is a great way to stroke their ego while indirectly setting professional expectations 𝟰. The Power of Complimenting your partner over a call while you're near the coach's bench is a way of showing unity while providing assurance and reinforcement that the call was correct 𝟱. Officials need to get out of their comfort zone and realize that if the coach is yelling at any member of the CREW, then they are yelling at YOU. 𝟲. Many officials will not address the coach unless they are speaking directly to them. Being a great partner can be uncomfortable sometimes but having your teammates back through thick and thin is always the right thing to do. 𝟳. It's imperative that the table side official act as a de-escalator if the coach is shouting across the court. Many times, the closest official to the bench can play a pivotal role in properly managing the coach's behavior We touch on all of these topics and much more on during this 100-minute communication session. We hope you grow from this!
May 13, 2022
#252 A Competitive Journey Amongst Teammates in Stripes | Ian Sacks
Ian Sacks is a sports journalism master's student at Arizona State's Walter Cronkite School. He graduated from Iona College in 2016 and announced several Gaels games on ESPN3/ESPN+. The Mt. Vernon, NY, native also announced games for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the New York Mets' Double-A affiliate, and spent two years as a news producer. He recently wrote an article about the officiating journey and interviewed other officials and myself. In this episode we discuss how officials move up to higher levels, the NBA grassroots process, and having a competitive fire while still exemplifying great partnering. 📖 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙡𝙚 https://medium.com/@crownrefs/a-competitive-journey-amongst-teammates-in-stripes-645ab99a2963 💌 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙉𝙚𝙬𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 https://conta.cc/3OSYMEp 💪🏿 𝙅𝙤𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙏𝙚𝙖𝙢 Patreon.com/crownrefs
May 09, 2022
#250 Welcome to CR Mentor | w/Miles McKenney
This episode gives more insights on the inner workings of our mentor group and community for officials. This call features new member & 8-year official Miles Mckenney, from Idaho. We cover the importance bringing in positive people, who are great partners, and high-character individuals that embody the Crown Refs values and beliefs. This episode also explains the Patreon & Discord platforms and details our officiating curriculum, weekly schedule, and more.
April 25, 2022
#248 Game Notes 032 | John Skomra | Buffalo, NY | Official Since 2018
This episode of Game Notes, features John Skomra, a 3-year official from Buffalo, NY. We break down over 20 plays with the the Mentor group with the main focus being discerning between Legal vs Illegal contact. Having patience and pain tolerance, or the ability to withstand incidental contact, will prevent those unnecessary game interrupters from occurring. We hope you enjoy this session! Join our mentor community Patreon.com/crownrefs Join our Newsletter https://conta.cc/38BQ10N Add us on TikTok www.tiktok.com/@crownrefs
April 14, 2022
#247 The CR Vlog 02 | Helping in Hoboken | with Mike Evans
This vlog was recorded in New Jersey in January 2022 as Mike Evans and I went to observe & work with some officials from the Hoboken, NJ area. 𝘕𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘉𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘵 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘴 is a league and rec program organized by Andrew Impastato who also assigns officials to work their various leagues. After seeing some of my Tik Tok content, Andrew decided he wanted me to come down to Hoboken to help train his officials and give them feedback during and after their games. This video documents over 120 minutes of our interactions with the 4 officials (𝘌𝘳𝘪𝘤 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯 𝘓𝘺𝘯𝘤𝘩, 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 𝘎𝘪𝘣𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘑𝘳, 𝘒𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘺 𝘛𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘭𝘦𝘨) covering everything from positioning, mechanics, play-calling, and more. Some of our teaching themes included mirroring the ball in the lead, position adjusting during rebounding coverage, and how believability leads to more trust. Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this Vlog as we had a terrific group of officials who had a lot of interesting conversations that we think you will grow from. Thank you for being a part of our community! Full video available exclusively on 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
April 07, 2022
#246 Game Notes 031 | Fabio Cardoso | Pittsfield, MA | Official since 2018
This episode is the return of 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴, our longest-running series featuring 3-year official Fabio Cardoso and the CR Mentor group. This session is densely packed with officiating content to help you improve your overall game. 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝗲𝘀: •𝘈𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘫𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭 •𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘵𝘺𝘱𝘦 •𝘜𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘏𝘚 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 •𝘋𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘵 •𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 •𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯'𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦'𝘴 𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘵 •𝘐𝘧 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘺𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 We hope you enjoy! 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 Patreon.com/crownrefs
March 31, 2022
#245 Good People Make Great Refs | Ernest Hamilton | Official since 2010| Baton Rouge/Long Island
This episode is an exclusive interview with seasoned Division 1 official Ernest Hamilton III, a native of Baton Rogue, LA who's currently residing in Long Island, NY after a recent move for work in 2018. Ernest shares with us the biggest things he's learned from officiating, which officials inspired him, and the aspects of the game he's passionate about. He also talks about the importance of being a good partner, how to stay poised and slow yourself down, and how to self-talk during the loud moments of the game. 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 Patreon.com/crownrefs
March 22, 2022
#244 Rapid Responses 7 | Crown Refs Mentor
𝙍𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝟳 | C.J. Arms | Will Fried | Carmela Garcia | Adreanna Broussard | Jason Morris | Easton Copenhaver | Fabio Cardoso | Hunter Beshears | Mike Evans | Donald Griffin | John Skomra This episode is the 7th installment of Rapid Responses, as we break down different strategies, approaches, and effective responses for coaches. During this session, we cover how to stop listening to their in-game feedback & opinions while still maintaining our professionalism. We also discuss how to become more approachable and why we need to stop caring what coaches think of us and live with the results. We think this audio could offer you some breakthroughs that you can immediately apply onto the court. 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 Patreon.com/crownrefs
March 03, 2022
#241 Agent Zero | Gilbert Arenas | 3-time NBA All-Star | The No Chill Podcast
Gilbert Arenas was a prolific offensive player during his 12-year NBA career playing for a total of 4 teams. He was the 2003 NBA’s most improved player and averaged over 20 ppg and 5 assists including over 29 ppg in 2006. He joins the CR podcast to talk about some common things that players dislike about officials and what's eating at him about NBA referees. Our topics include trash-talking, respect for the game, what he appreciates about officials, and what the NBA players thought of the Tim Donaghy scandal. This was a very entertaining and insightful discussion between a player and a ref as we tried to iron out some of our differences and find a common ground. Special thanks to Gilbert for his contributions to our program.
February 17, 2022
#240 Born To Do It | Lathan The Kid Umpire | Kristin & Josh Williams
Lathan Williams is a 7-year old. 3-sport official in training and viral sensation having amassed over 300,000 fans is a short span. The videos of him officiating basketball, football, and baseball have garnered millions of views on TikTok as he's the internets most popular official and a fan favorite to those who get to watch him perform live. He's joined by his parents to talk about what how he blew up and what he loves about the refs.
February 01, 2022
#239 Bridging the Gap w/Coach Nique | Use the Game Podcast | CR Mentor group
The Use The Game Podcast is geared towards individuals who have used Athletics to push them forward in their careers. We will interview former and current pros, successful student athletes and contributors to their individual sports. In this episode I join Coach Nique to help bridge the communication gap between officials and coaches for the betterment of the game. We discuss common misconceptions about officials, the best ways coaches can communicate their questions, and provide clarity on illegal screens & block/charge plays. 𝘌𝘱𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝟸𝟹𝟻-𝟸𝟹𝟾 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘰𝘯. 𝘾𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙤𝙣.𝙘𝙤𝙢/𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙨
January 27, 2022
#234 The Best of 2021 | Maia Chaka | Tyler Ford | Dee Kantner | Roger Ayers | Natasha Camy | Lisa Mattingly | Bill Spooner | J.B. Caldwell
Welcome to the Best of 2021 compilation. This episode includes over 3 hours of our best moments from this past year featuring Maia Chaka, Dee Kantner, Natasha Camy, Lisa Mattingly, Roger Ayers, J.B. Caldwell, Tyler Ford, Bill Spooner, and the whole Crown Refs community of officials. We hope you enjoy it and thank you so much for your appreciation & support. 𝗧𝗼 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
January 01, 2022
#233 Film Night 3 | Chiene Jones | Jorelle Pitter | Donald Griffin | Pedro Rodrigues
In our 3rd film session with Crown Refs Mentor, we break down one of my recent games from the 21-22 season. We discuss how and when to use our 3 different voices-Command presence, normal, diffusing. We also speak about why we talk ourselves out of upgrading fouls and why we shouldn't ignore unsportsmanlike conduct just because our partner does. Some other plays we look at involve pass/crash criteria and a monster time and distance play from Carmela Garcia. 𝙏𝙤 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙖 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
December 19, 2021
#232 Re-Applying the Pressure | with Bill Spooner | Crown Refs Mentor
This audio is an exclusive interview with former 32-year NBA official Bill Spooner. Bill has worked over 1500 regular-season games and 100 NBA playoff games in his amazing tenure. In this episode, we spoke about having mental toughness and list specific ways that officials can re-apply the pressure back on the coaches and players. This is a concept that is foreign to most referees but is something we are leaning heavily into at Crown Refs. We thank Bill for displaying the type of grit that more officials need to embody. Other topics include Kobe’s 81 performance, why we shouldn't sell, what to do when your partner calls a technical foul and the bond that he shares with his son Drew through officiating. 𝗧𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘀 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
December 15, 2021
#231 Rapid Responses 5 | A Renewed Focus on Respect | CR MENTOR
This episode features the 5th session of our rapid response training with the Mentor group. We lead by covering a new memo from the NCAA regarding sportsmanship, bench decorum, calling the rules as written, and a renewed sense of respect for the game. We found this information to be a foundational tool on how we should manage the game and it also provided some new language for us to integrate into our responses to coaches and players. We also heard different members of the group share recent scenarios involving coaches, how they handled it and what they can do better. We hope this audio helps you add a few things to your belt. 𝗧𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
December 03, 2021
#230 Signal School Live | Session 2 | Stay Here, Wave off, hit to head, chucking
This episode features the second installment of Signal School-Live with the Crown Refs Mentor group. In this session, we practice 4 different signals to improve our form and presentation during our games including the “stay here” signal, the wave off, hit to the head and chucking. We recommend utilizing the stay here signal as a highly effective way to communicate that it's a non-shooting foul in the frontcourt (post, rebounding, cutting fouls). Thank you to all of the officials who participated in this session as it takes a high level of confidence and humility. 𝙏𝙤 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙖 𝙋𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
December 01, 2021
#229 7 Qualities of a Great Official | The Real Coach D 3
The Real Coach D, Phil Diasparra, is back for his 3rd installment as he gives us 7 Qualities of a Great Official. We hope you enjoy! Integrity – great officials are the guardians of honesty in athletics. He must maintain a complete absence of bias. An official holds the position in the world of sports not unlike a judge in a court of law. If you aspire to be a great official you never put yourself in a position where your integrity could be questioned. The integrity of the game must always be upheld. Hustle- Officiating is a game of angles and positioning, officiating hustle describes movement and court position. There is no connection to speed and meaningless motion. Every great official moves efficiently to be in the right place at the right time. It’s the only way to see the entire play and make the correct call. Judgment- Great judgment is a byproduct of effort and experience. It goes beyond the rule book and includes an almost instinctive ability to apply the critical principle of advantage/disadvantage. This is at the heart of officiating that no team or player gets an unfair advantage or is placed at an unfair disadvantage. Communication-90% of officiating is being a people person, know how to deal with people. Listening is important that’s why we have two ears and one mouth, listen twice as much as we speak. Communication means “can you deal with people?” Can you deal with coaches, players during a game? Communication can be accomplished in many ways and in most cases, the situation will dictate your appropriate response. Sometimes a simple response to the question, a one-word answer, or a look can communicate what is needed at a particular time. Saying the right thing to the right person at the right time can help one avoid potential problems in a game. Communication is also the knowledge of when it’s best not to say anything. Consistency- Young officials have more difficulty with consistency than any other quality, mainly because they lack the experience to realize when their decisions are inconsistent. Everyone has some difficulty in this regard, but the great officials are unrelenting in their judgment. They see and call a game better than their colleagues. The key is to make the same call on the same kind of play whether it’s the first minute of the game or the score is tied with one minute left to play. If they believe an official is consistent, coaches and players will adjust accordingly. Inconsistent decisions on similar plays trigger negative behavior and poor sportsmanship among players and invite criticism from coaches. If you try and fail it’s a mistake, if you repeat the mistake it’s a decision. Confidence- There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Regardless of the situation, personalities involved, pressures from the crowd, or possible repercussions, great officials place fairness above all other concerns. They act confidently and according to the dictates of that value. You should hold yourself to a Higher than normal ethical standard. Be a legacy leader. Common Sense - I’ve saved this one for last. Of the qualities listed, common sense is the most important. That which is fair and right must take precedence throughout each game. Common sense ensures that fairness, understanding, and the best interests of the game are foremost in the mind of a great official. If you truly understand the spirit and intent of the rules, common sense will guide you well. To join our Patreon/Discord/Zoom community patreon.com/crownrefs
November 27, 2021
#228 Run The Game | w/ J.B. Caldwell
This audio is an exclusive interview with referee trainer extroidinaire J.B. Caldwell. J.B. is a former 21-year Division 1 official who then served as the NBA's Sr. Scouting Advisor of Referee Operations from 2013-2020. In his time there, he played a key role in helping to develop many of the current NBA Officials you see today. He recently spoke to our mentor group about his 5 Pillars of Officiating, and the importance of building a foundation through solid fundamentals. We talked about ways to improve our game management and what it means to show great partnering. J.B. also touched on overcoming disappointment and gave some life tips on how to navigate in your journey. We hope you find value in this episode that you can apply on the court. Please let us know what you thought! For full episode please join our private officiating community patreon.com/crownrefs
November 23, 2021
#227 Rapid Responses 4 | Dictatating the Terms of the Dialogue | w/special guest coach Arjan Perovic
In our 4th Rapid Response session, we hit on some big picture points and talk about having the right perspective before we even enter the encounter. This included the major mindset theme of not trying to convince the coach that you got the call correct or prove to them that our way of thinking is better. Too many times officials get into debates and try to sell ideas to coaches which causes us to lose the leverage by lowering down to their level. This episode also featured ways how we can control the conversation and stressed the importance and the ability to dictate the terms of the dialogue. A special thank you to Arjan Perovic for joining us to role play and bring his coach's perspective to the conversation. To join our private community Patreon.com/crownrefs
November 08, 2021
#226 Dee’s 5 Keys to Career Longevity | Dee Kantner | 24 Final Fours | Former NBA Official
Dee Kantner recently joined the audio experience for basketball officials to share a wealth of knowledge and experience with our passionate community of referees. We took this 10-minute clip that is loaded with nuggets from Dee’s bag of tricks as she details some of the foundational qualities that have helped her officiate at the highest level for over 30 years. We are very appreciative of Dee Kantner’s contributions to our program. Sit back and enjoy one of the greatest officials of all time who is still in her prime! For the full 90-minute interview please join our community on Patreon.com/crownrefs
November 04, 2021
#225 Video Rules Talk Ep. 9 | 5 Rules You Thought You Knew | with Zack Murphy
In this episode of rules talk, we cover five NFHS rules that are commonly misunderstood by players, coaches, and officials alike. See if you know all five!
October 30, 2021
#223 Verbal Judo Live | with special guest Alex Bromley | Crown Refs Mentor
💬 We are excited to present this training session for basketball officials to help elevate your overall level of communication both on and off the court. In this episode, we cover being ready for "showtime" a term used to mentally prepare for the task at hand, how to generate voluntary compliance, and overcoming adversarial relationships. We also do a deep dive into the art of paraphrasing, how to create empathy, and how to respectfully interrupt someone. 🏀 These are all invaluable skills to possess as a human and will translate directly onto the basketball court for referees. This session also provides state of the art techniques on how to handle verbal abuse by deflecting, redirecting, and avoiding our natural reaction of confrontation. We list the things never to say and discuss ways for dealing with difficult people. 📈 We know you'll find tremendous value from this episode and please share it with a fellow official who's looking to improve as a tactile communicator. For part 2 of this 3-hour session, please join our community on patreon.com/crownrefs #servethegame
October 24, 2021
#222 Coach D's Court 2.0 | The Hand Check Signal
Welcome back to episode 2 of Coach D’s Court exclusively on Patreon. In this video, we break down the mechanics of the hand check signal from how to grip your forearm, to what level it should be displayed at, and how to show the proper motion and form. I demonstrate the signal from numerous angles so you can see a large sample size of how I present this foul. The Hand Check signal can sometimes feel like the weakest of them all, that's why we gave you various tips on how you can produce your best version of it. We hope this episode adds value to your game. 𝗧𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘀 patreon.com/crownrefs
October 19, 2021
#221 Film Night | How to watch | Crown Refs Mentor Film Session #1
The Crown Refs mentor group recently had our first film review session and we thought it was appropriate to first focus on the best ways and techniques on how to break down film. I pulled from our June 2020 article with Al Battista titled “21 Questions to help you effectively break down film.” We have compiled so much original content in the past 3 years, so there are so many resources that we can revisit to shine new light and expand on. All patrons can find this full audio/video located in the “mentor sessions” folder on discord. We hope you enjoy! To read the full article click below https://link.medium.com/5nuIDmesckb Become a Patron patreon.com/crownrefs
October 13, 2021
#220 Finding your Joy | The JustBe Podcast | with Emery & Briana Frazier
I recently had the opportunity to appear on The JustBe Podcast which is all about exuding joyfullness and shining your love & light onto the world. Briana & Emery have simply come to share their stories, with the intent to provide some positive solutions so that we can all Optimize life's Opportunities. In this episode, we speak about officiating on a social and human level and discuss the importance of having a high emotional intelligence and positive perspective in life. We spoke about gratitude, finding your joy and always being officially YOU! We hope you enjoy this episode.
October 08, 2021
#218 Signal school Live | Session 1 | The Blocking Signal | Crown Refs Mentor
I just want to take a minute to send my appreciation to everyone who has supported us on Patreon and the discord app and joined our private community! In this live session of Signal School, we practiced stopping the clock for fouls and violations with the fist and open hand to ensure each official is using proper form when they present. We also focused on the blocking signal and then added the block/and 1 as a progression to see how each official performed the sequence. Thank you to all of the officials who participated in as I look forward to witnessing your development with each session. If you are interested in joining our next session simply text ServetheGame to 845-742-0834.
October 01, 2021
#217 Video Rules Talk Ep. 8 | NFHS 2021-22 Points of Emphasis | with Zack Murphy
In this episode of Video Rules Talk, we discuss the NFHS Points of Emphasis for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. We cover everything you need to get prepared for this season. Serve the game!
September 27, 2021
#216 Video Rules Talk Ep. 7 | NFHS Backcourt Rules
In this episode of Rules Talk, Zack breaks down the NFHS Backcourt Rule and provides three tricky examples to help better illustrate the rule. This episode covers everything you need to become an expert on the NFHS backcourt rule.
September 23, 2021
#215 Rapid Responses | Session 3
𝙍𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙨 is a communication training session for the Crown Refs Mentor group to help arm each official with the necessary skills to diffuse any situation with their words. This session helps you develop the ability to take a heated coach and bring them from a 10 down to a 1 with only a few lines. In this episode, we continue to emphasize the power of asking questions as a way to leverage the conversation in your favor. By having this group setting we’re to deep dive into each official's communication style and offer some simple adjustments to gain more respect and authority. We also list some responses to avoid and the line that coaches hate to hear the most. Special thanks to Zack Murphy, Carmela Garcia, Will Fried, Adam Zohni, Donal Griffin, & Justin Goldsmith for your support and participation in this session. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝘀.
September 18, 2021
#214 Crown Refs FIBA | feat. Scott Butler | 2-time Olympic Official | Head of Referees (NBL)
It's a pleasure to welcome former Olympic official Scott Butler, who had a 22-year professional career in Australia's National Basketball League (NBL), working over 500 games including 12 consecutive grand finals series. His FIBA career dates back to 1997 as he’s officiated multiple World Cups (’06, ‘10) and 2 Olympic games (Athens ‘04, Beijing ‘08). Scott retired from officiating due to a knee injury in 2011 and is currently the Head of Referees for the NBL. In this episode, we recall some of Scott’s classic FIBA games from the mid-2000s in an era that featured some highly competitive teams for the U.S. including Argentina, Spain, Greece, & more. We talked about improving game and crew awareness, how to not let the game get behind us, and discussed some of the major differences between the professional game and international competition. Additionally, we hit on another vital and helpful theme- 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧-𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧-𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘮. 𝗧𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹-𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲, 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗴𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗽𝗽 𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
September 11, 2021
#213 CROWN REFS MENTOR | weekly calls & office hours | monthly podcast event with special guests
How would you like to be part of a family-like community of officials who meet weekly to support, develop and empower each other to be great? How would you like to be part of the Crown Refs Officiating Team? How would you like to be featured in our content, help curate topics for our discussions and/or contribute to our podcast? Crown Refs MENTOR will meet weekly on a private discord voice channel for wide range of officiating development from rapid responses and communications training, to virtual group signal school, play sharing & film review, live Q & A, and many other topical discussions. In addition, members of the mentor tier gain access to participate in a monthly live podcast event with featured special guests. And since the Mentor tier is like Crown Refs University it's only right that we offer weekly office hours for officials which will be available for one-to-one or small group learning. The group will also keep a tracker of the content discussed in each weekly session on a google drive to be shared an edited by the group. Think of this tier as a year-round camp and training clinic but more importantly an oppourtunity to get directly involved with an amazing community of dedicated officials. Welcome to Crown Refs Team U. #mentor Click below to become a Patron of Crown Refs patreon.com/crownrefs Click below to schedule your 15 minute 1-to-1 call with me to discuss more details about Patreon and which tier works best to meet your developmental needs https://calendly.com/crownrefs/15min?month=2021-08
September 01, 2021
#212 CROWN REFS PLUS | REFFLIX | The Netflix of Officiating | The full Library of CR content
Crown Refs PLUS features our full library of content including podcasts, and our new catalog of Patreon Original shows and series with never before seen officiating content. Our growing show list includes No Offseason, Through the Lens, Signal School, CR Vlog, Coach D's Court, The Wonderful Women of Officiating, Game Notes, Courtside Conversations, Voices from the Community, Refs Can Ball, The Camp Commute, Signature Series of Guests, Crown Classics and many more shows in production. Patrons of the PLUS tier also gain access to read Crown Refs Magazine articles, our Game Notes Quotes written series, and see video tutorials, instructional slides, short clips, exclusive bonus scenes and livestreams. If the PRO tier is our basic cable package than the PLUS tier is our full line-up of movie channels and new shows. #REFFLIX Click below to become a Patron of Crown Refs patreon.com/crownrefs Click below to schedule your 15 minute 1-to-1 call with me to discuss more details about Patreon and which tier works best to meet your developmental needs https://calendly.com/crownrefs/15min?month=2021-08
September 01, 2021
#211 CROWN REFS PRO | Listen to our podcast | Watch short videos | join our Discord
Thank you for your continued support and after 159 public episodes of the Audio Experience for Basketball Officials we've taken the Crown Refs Podcast private to this amazing platform for creators called Patreon. Crown Refs PRO unlocks over 40 new podcast episodes and gains you access to future Patron-only episodes that we release (historically 4-5 per month) on Patreon's private RSS feed. This tier also includes some short-form video content like podcast highlights, shorts clips, daily stories, and the new shows, courtside conversations, & voices from the community. You'll also have access to our incredible private chat community on The Crown Refs Discord server. Our server features over 10 different topic channels to have conversations ranging from mindset, rapid-responses, ncaa-women's-talk, nfhs-talk, pro-rules-talk, play-sharing-channel, fiba-chat, fitness-nutrition, and a more. We inspire to build the Netflix for officials (Refflix), so think of this tier as the basic cable package minus the movie channels. Click below to become a Patron of Crown Refs patreon.com/crownrefs Click below to schedule your 15 minute 1-to-1 call with me to discuss more details about Patreon and which tier works best to meet your developmental needs https://calendly.com/crownrefs/15min?month=2021-08
September 01, 2021
#209 Mentor Sessions 2 | Will Fried | Bethesda, MD
Will Fried, is entering his 6th-year officiating originally from Bethesda, MD, and currently residing in Hays, Kansas. He comes to Crown Refs MENTOR with the intentions of growing his officiating skills and becoming part of a supportive community of officials who all route for each other. Will is looking to improve his confidence, game management skills, mechanics & signals, as well as adding more patience and whistle discipline. In this episode, we get to learn more about Will and the obstacles he's had to overcome being an official on the autism spectrum. He also shares with us which aspects of the game are most challenging to him including communicating the right phrases to coaches and managing the wide range of personalities throughout the game. We also talked about not letting bad partners affect us, the improvement of his recall, and tuning his mechanics even better through our group signal school.
September 01, 2021
#208 Mentor Sessions 1 | Adam Zohni | Richmond Hill, Ontario
We are excited to launch our new private community for officials and our developmental training program called Crown Refs MENTOR. Adam Zohni is a long-time supporter and passionate 5th-year official from Toronto, CN, who was one of the first officials to sign up for our MENTOR tier. So after a few years of exchanging messages online, we finally had the opportunity to sit down and meet for our first mentor session. In this episode, we discuss why he decided to join Crown Refs MENTOR and some of the things that he's looking to gain from being part of the new community. We also reviewed his referee profile, where he listed his biggest areas of growth that he's looking to improve on. His most difficult plays are calling flagrant fouls and managing unsportsmanlike technical fouls with players and coaches. He's focused on slowing down and being emotionless to have a greater sense of control in those hostile moments. We also go over some differences between FIBA and NFHS, proper time-out mechanics, and tips for calling double fouls. Special thanks to Adam, Zack, Carmela, Pedro, Ryan, Lance, Will, Ken, Aaron, Joseph, Josiah, Chris, Tony, John, William, Alice, Jon, Justin, Luke, Jason, Scott, James, Korbin, Corbin, Isaiah, and every other official who has joined us for this next chapter of Crown Refs content. #servethegame
September 01, 2021
#207 Welcome to Patreon | 45 new episodes available on Patreon.com/crownrefs | Community News Show
𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘀 is excited to introduce 2 amazing apps to the referee industry, 𝙋𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙤𝙣 & 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙙, as we launch our new private community for basketball officials. 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻 is our versatile content platform that features a wide range of media including over 45 new podcasts, over 85 new videos, and over 12 new shows & series guaranteed to develop & inspire referees who love the craft of officiating. 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀 has been preloaded with over 150 new posts and will continue to be the main home for our podcasts, videos, and written work moving forward. If our new library of content wasn’t enough all 𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘴 of Crown Refs on 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻 also receive access to join the private chat community for basketball officials on our 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱 Server. The 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙚𝙧 features over 20 different text channels of referee topics ranging from nfhs-talk, pro-rules-talk, ncaa-women’s-talk, communication-rapid-responses, mindset-mental-performance, fitness-nutrition, game-management-situations, play-sharing-channel, and more that are already populated with great discussion content you can scroll through. There are also voice channels available for officials to organize meetings and have discussions in real-time to enhance the interactions and education. (𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨 𝙈𝙀𝙉𝙏𝙊𝙍 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙢𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙤𝙧-𝙫𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙡) In this episode, we introduce 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻 Originals like 𝙉𝙤 𝙊𝙛𝙛𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙤𝙣, 𝙏𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙇𝙚𝙣𝙨, 𝙎𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡, 𝘾𝙍 𝙑𝙇𝙊𝙂, 𝘾𝙤𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝘿’𝙨 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩, 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨, 𝙑𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮, 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝘾𝙤𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝘿, and more. We also talk about the inspiration behind our decision to pivot to 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻 and everything that is included in each tier-𝙋𝙍𝙊-𝙋𝙇𝙐𝙎-𝙈𝙀𝙉𝙏𝙊𝙍. If our content has helped you become a better basketball official or brought you any 𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙚 in the past we hope you can find a tier that meets your developmental needs. If any official or coach has questions and would like to discuss each tier in more detail, please call or text me directly at 𝟴𝟰𝟱.𝟳𝟰𝟮.𝟬𝟴𝟯𝟰. Thank you for listening and have a great rest of your day! 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 https://youtu.be/dtmeS7R_hfY 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻/𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱 https://www.patreon.com/crownrefs
August 22, 2021
#159 The Crown Refs Community News Show | with Zack Murphy | NBA MultiVerse/Team store/Camp season
𝙒𝙚𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙚𝙥𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙙𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝟯 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨 𝙋𝙤𝙙𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙩! In Episode One of the Crown Refs Community News Show, Zack, and Paul discuss recent events under the Crown Refs umbrella. Paul speaks on the NBA multiverse poster and its origins, his experiences meeting some of the Crown Community at Roger Ayers’ camp, the brand new Crown Refs Team Store and Zack shares his experience at Eric Lewis’s ETA Camp! Toward the end, we get a brief sneak peek of the big things that are coming next in Season 4 of Crown Refs Content. 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘄 http://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/new_york/hartsdale/crown-refs
June 27, 2021
#158 Abuse Culture | A candid conversation following multiple ejections
We as officials have to start documenting the verbal abuse more often to raise awareness on the issue of disrespect towards officials. This episode was recorded immediately after we canceled the game because a coach and fan refused to leave the gum following their ejection. We had a chance to interview the site supervisor to hear his thoughts and reactions to the situation and then had a candid conversation with the assistant coach of the team that caused the game to get canceled. Let us know what you think of this episode on social or at email@example.com 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨 𝙏𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙚 http://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/new_york/hartsdale/crown-refs
June 06, 2021
#157 The Wonderful Women of Officiating | Maia Chaka | Virginia Beach | Episode 5
𝙒𝙚𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙩𝙤 “𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙒𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙊𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜” 𝙛𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙈𝙖𝙞𝙖 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙠𝙖. Maia recently made national headlines by becoming the second female official hired into the NFL. But her rise to the top did not happen overnight as she steadily grinder her way for 15 years to get to this point. She worked 3 years as a high school official before catapulting directly into the NCAA Division 1 ranks where she spent 10 years honing her craft at the collegiate level. She was also a part of the NFL developmental training program for 7 years receiving guidance on the differences between pro vs. college rules and being mentored by some of the NFL’s best teachers. Her breakthrough as a football official happened when she became a certified basketball official learning from NBA legends Leroy Richardson and Tony Brothers. This mentorship and introduction to a new set of rules gave her added toughness and swagger that she didn't know existed within her. She would rise to also become a Division 1 basketball official in the MEAC conference. In this episode, Maia goes into detail about what she loves about officiating, how to overcome mistakes, and what the impact of this moment means to her. She also elaborates on the positive influence of her mentors, how to block out negative voices, and advice for officials who are frustrated with their careers.
May 15, 2021
#156 The Wonderful Women of Officiating | Natasha Camy | Philadelphia | Episode 4
𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗼 “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴” 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗮 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝘆. Natasha is a super talented 8-year official from the great city of brotherly love, who is extremely passionate about officiating and giving back to the game. Natasha is no stranger to Division 1 basketball as she was a former player at Widener University from 2006-2010. She’s also officiating in 15 Division 1 conferences including: BIG 10, SEC, ACC, BIG 12, CUSA, BIG EAST, AMERICAN, SUN BELT, A10, CAA, MAAC, PATRIOT, AMERICA EAST, IVY, & NEC. Some of the officials who inspired her were Dee Kantner, Joey Crawford, Tina Napier, Laura Morris, Rachelle Jones, Gina Cross, Felicia Grinter, Beverly Roberts, Maj Forsberg, & Brian Garland. Natasha is determined to grow the Women's game in all forms through media, exposure, stories, quality officials. In this episode, Natasha gives us tactical advice on how to overcome setbacks and turn your failures into learnings. She shares some of her success stories and breakthroughs on when the light bulb finally went off for her. Some other very important topics that we discussed are equality, diversity, the expansion of officiating, and the importance of creating a true pipeline for women’s officials. 📺 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/klViekGGrw8
May 13, 2021
#155 The Wonderful Women of Officiating | Lisa Mattingly | Nicholasville, KY | Episode 3
𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗼 “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴” 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗶𝘀𝗮 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝘆. Lisa had a brilliant 28-year officiating career that was one for the ages by any account. She posts historic postseason stats that most coaches and even universities will never match. Lisa took 21 trips to the NCAA tournament including a remarkable 18 Final Fours and 10 NCAA Women’s Championship games. She also was a part of the WNBA’s inaugural season and officiated multiple league finals during her 10-year pro career. She retired after the 2018 Final Four and was immediately hired as Coordinator of Officials for the SEC, Atlantic Sun, Ohio valley, and more. Lisa also hosts Referee University, a camp ideal for officials looking to learn and gain exposure to Division 1 Women’s basketball. In this episode, we mention some other officiating legends like June Courteau, Sally Bell, and Patty Broderick who were instrumental in Lisa’s growth, and discuss some of her most memorable games as an official. Lisa also spoke candidly about how she balances the fine line of hearing out coaches while still supporting officials and gives us insights on a day in the life of a power 5 conference coordinator. 📺 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/iEVJgXve6_M
May 11, 2021
#154 The Wonderful Women of Officiating | Sara Woods | St. Louis, Mo | Episode 2
𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗼 “𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴” 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗮𝗿𝗮 𝗪𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀. Sara Woods is a basketball official from St. Louis, Mo who is currently working amateur, collegiate and semi-pro contests. She is also the founder Big Game Officials, a training platform empowering referees to set the standard of excellence, while igniting opportunities in basketball officiating. She recruits and develops prospective and current officials along with her staff of mentors and mentees. She is a goal driven dedicated professional offering practical and progressive career success on every stage of basketball officiating. “As a referee, my purpose is to provide athletes with the best possible competitive experience. The fierce competition is a constant reminder that teamwork is essential. As a crew, we rely on experience, training, and each other to get the call right. Officiating requires hard work and dedication. However, being a part of the game while protecting its integrity is rewarding and worth the effort.” - Sara Woods In this episode, we learn about the Big Game Officials weekend workshops and their intense mechanics instruction that they provide to their referees who attend. You can hear Sara's passion for the craft throughout this episode as she's built a family-like community around officiating. If you are interested in joining the Big Game Officials team please contact Sara directly http://Www.biggameofficials.com 📺 To Watch https://youtu.be/qftkdW1pOB8 #servethegame
May 09, 2021
#153 The Wonderful Women of Officiating | Chiene’ Joy Jones | Queens, NYC | Episode 1
The Crown Refs Podcast introduces our new series “The Wonderful of Officiating” dedicated to highlighting the amazing accomplishments of the females of our officiating community and some of the great work they're doing both on and off the court. Episode 1 features Chiene’ Joy Jones, a charismatic 3-year official from Queens, NY. Chiene’ is a basketball coach who founded Grow Our Game, a nonprofit organization empowering the next generation of young women through the game of basketball. With over 15 years of coaching experience, she continues to serve as a committed and dedicated professional through community organizations in New York City, primarily facilitating and leading efforts to break generational poverty by advocating for our youth in urban communities. She is a mentor to all of her players, past, and present, and continues to advocate for girls' participation in sports. Coach Jones was named 2020 New York Knicks/Jr. Knicks Coach of the Year and most recently featured in Nike’s You Can’t Stop Our Voice! Campaign for her profound impact in the NYC basketball community. In this episode, we sit down with Chiene’ to learn about how she developed her passion and love for the game and why she chose to play Divison 3 over D1. We also discuss some of the most common challenges that women face in sports and what male officials can do to drive the visibility of female officials. 📺 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/grDNmPvO0Vc
May 07, 2021
#152 Ken Stewart | Crown Refs IPR | Video Review
Attached in the Crown Refs IPR is a 10-15 minute instructional mechanics video that we personalize to exceed the needs of each official. Ken Stewart, a 5-year official from Illinois, decided to record this video in response to his report and we wanted to share his feedback with you. Thank you Ken for your contributions and to all of the referees that continue to support and interact with our content. 📺 To Watch https://www.facebook.com/100030619764015/posts/517820275915293/?d=n #servethegame #payitforward
April 30, 2021
#151 Tips for new officials, and the story how Crown was built | Brady Stiff & Kelsey Louglin
Brady Stiff and Kelsey Loughlin are longtime friends who finally decided to record their conversations about sports and everything else and host a podcast called “...And we’re back” available on Spotify/Apple podcasts. They recently had me as a guest on their podcast to talk about my experience with officiating, provide some tips for new officials, dispel some myths about sports officials, and talk about how Crown Refs was built from the bottom up.
April 23, 2021
#150 Live From: The Locker Room Vol. 4 | Joe Munden | Alex Leaker | Darnell Cudjoe
In this episode of 𝘓𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘰𝘰𝘮 we had the pleasure to record a group conversation with the entire staff of officials who were recently at the House of Sports during the first weekend of AAU games. Our topics include being confident when admitting you’re wrong, having the guts to play offense on anyone, and dealing with the entitlement of players and coaches. We also discuss a play from the NCAA tournament and ask the interesting question of when does looking at a player turn into staring and taunting. We hope you enjoy!
April 15, 2021
#149 Paying it Forward | Inspiring Referees | Recaping Signatute Episodes | with Travis Potter
𝗘𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝟭𝟱𝟬 features a diverse range of topics and storylines that I cover with long-time Crown Refs supporter Travis Potter. Travis is a 6-year official and the assistant director of Wellness and Recreation at Stetson University. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻 he offered his intramural officials an opportunity to earn 15 hours' pay if they listened to 11 signature episodes of our podcast and write a summary on how they can directly implement the content on the court for success. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 some of Jacklyn Lavoie’s takes on the Roger Ayers, Diana Depaul, Joey Crawford, Mark Wunderlich, Bo Boroski, Scott Foster, Tyler Ford, and Al Battista episodes, which allowed us to dive deeper into that content and provide additional learning points for the audience. We hope you enjoy!
April 09, 2021
#148 Live From: The Locker Room Vol. 3 | with Mike Evans
In this episode of 𝘓𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘰𝘰𝘮 we discuss more game management strategies for complaining coaches and how and when you can take advantage of offensive opportunities. We conclude that officials have historically let coaches get away with too many antics on the sidelines and the lack of sportsmanship has been naturally embedded into the game itself. We also cover unsportsmanlike conduct and the criteria involving bench technicals. 𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿, we are the guardians of the game so what we permit-we promote. 𝗗𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁, You are backed up by the rulebook.
April 03, 2021
#147 John Clougherty | 12 Final Fours | 4 National Championship games | 30+ years Division 1
𝙅𝙤𝙝𝙣 𝘾𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙮 put together one of the most outstanding NCAA officiating careers of all-time both on and off the court. His Division 1 career spans over 30 years in the ACC/Big East/SEC conferences including 26 NCAA tournaments, 12 Final Fours, and 4 National Championship games. He was the 1989 Naismith Official of the Year and inducted into the sports hall of fame in two states PA/NC. He also served as Coordinator of Officials in the ACC/Colonial/A10 from 2005-2015. In this episode, we discuss two of John’s most memorable assignments, the iconic 1991 Final Four game between UNLV vs. DUKE, and the 1996 National Championship game between Syracuse vs Kentucky. John also shares how he handled a Larry Brown outburst early in the first half of the 88’ title game. John also spoke very candidly about one of the more disappointing moments of his career and how not having a patient whistle played a huge part. We also touch on the power of the coaches and the need for better sportsmanship throughout the industry. 📺 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 this episode https://youtu.be/Xum1TfNoVZM
March 24, 2021
#146 The Rulebook vs. The Art | Camp Season Prep | with Fabian Jara
With Camp season around the corner, this conversation explores a few integral components of the expectations of an official when attending camps and reffing games in general. Some of the keys we discussed are how to properly take feedback from observers and better communicate questions to them instead of sounding like a “Yeah but” ref. We touch on the importance of differentiating between black/white vs gray and how and when to apply the rules as written. conclude by discussing the importance of using rule-based explanations when addressing coaches because they cannot communicate about officiating on an expert level.
March 18, 2021
#145 Game Notes 019 | with John Cashman | Official since 2019 | PA/New Jersey
𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗺𝗮𝗻 is a 2-year official from Pennsylvania living in New Jersey who’s fell in love with the craft of officiating. He truly inspires to keep improving and reach his full potential as an official. He’s been working hard these past two seasons trying at improving and chose the Crown Refs IPR as a way to accelerate his growth. In this episode of 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴, we discuss simplifying our thought process when making decisions and not bringing in too much information that can cloud our judgment. We talk about how to avoid game interuptors by using our voice to proactively officiate and not refereeing a play based on sound.
March 13, 2021
#144 Game Notes 018 | with Pedro Rodrigues Jr. | Official since 2012 | Fitchburg, MA
𝗣𝗲𝗱𝗿𝗼 𝗥𝗼𝗱𝗿𝗶𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗝𝗿. has been stung by the officiating bug as his fire and ambition to improve multiplies by the day. We're proud to have him back for his second Individual•Performance•Report to track his progress, flip the weaknesses into strengths and add more polish to his overall skill set as an official. In this episode of 𝙂𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙉𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙨, we have an in-depth signal school session, we elaborate on layered plays, talk pain tolerance, and finish up deciding on the new title to a future podcast series. 📺 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗧𝘂𝗯𝗲 Game Notes 018 | with Pedro Rodrigues Jr. | Fitchburg, MA | The Crown Refs Podcast 143 https://youtu.be/3Fd4w0OyqZg
March 10, 2021
#143 Game Notes 017 | with Kenny Ludlow | 8-Year Official | Pittsboro, IN
𝗞𝗲𝗻𝗻𝘆 𝗟𝘂𝗱𝗹𝗼𝘄, is an 8-year official from Pittsburg, IN who has his sights set on one day becoming a full-time Division 1 referee. He’s aggressively attacked the camp scene attending over 15 camps in his career which lead to him continuously moving up the ladder. He’s currently working high school games, NAIA, and at the division 2 & 3 level. In this episode of Game Notes, we discuss a tip for illegal screens, not allowing the coach to chirp in your ear during a play, when to address a distraction, and we ask the question are you reffing enough overall games?
March 04, 2021
#142 Live From: The Locker Room vol. 2 | with Anthony Calise
In this episode of Live From: The Locker Room, we share multiple coaching interactions from this past weekend of games. We talk about how to respond to a coach when they yell from across the court, how to show more authority when communicating, and utilizing the extremely effective high school warning.
March 02, 2021
#141 Live From: The Locker Room vol. 1 | with Anthony Fischetti
In this edition of the Live From series, we document a full partner experience from the pregame discussion, into our observations from the first half, and of course the post-game recap. Anthony Fischetti is a 20-year Official and former youth, middle, and high school basketball coach with over 500 games of experience. Anthony is a huge supporter of Crown Refs and I recently had the pleasure to work a varsity game with him. We spoke about bringing positive energy into every pregame and the importance of building chemistry with your partner before discussing officiating. We also discuss the huge amount of bad information that coaches send our way during most games and the BIG need to block it ALL out. We had some good laughs talking shop and we hope you enjoy this audio experience. “𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘴 𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘵𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘥𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘴. 𝘐𝘵 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥; 𝘪𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘐'𝘮 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳/𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵'𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦.”
February 28, 2021
#140 Game Notes 016 | with Korbin Cruea | 2-Year Official | Swayzee, IN
Korbin Cruea grew up in Swayzee, Indiana (a smalltown an hour north of Indianapolis) where he fell in love with the game of basketball at a very young age. From a young age he got an inside look at an official's lifestyle traveling with his father on Friday and Saturday nights as he was an official back in the day. Ever since those days, Korbin knew he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become an official himself. He turned those dreams into a reality in 2019 when Korbin became an official and jumped in head first and started officiating all levels of basketball. Now in year 2, Korbin loves perfecting his craft and game in hopes to become the best official he can be and achieve success at the highest of levels he can. Currently in the process of jumping from JV to Varsity in the state of Indiana, Korbin is all in and ready to take a deep dive into his craft with the IPR service. “I love the value that Crown Refs has added to my game in terms of listening to the podcast and hearing all of the experienced officials shine light on lots of different aspects of the game. I am very eager to see where the IPR service can take me in terms of growth and continued improvement of my craft.” In this episode of Game Notes, we discuss the importance of having good pain tolerance and patience as an official. These 2 qualities allow us to see more information about the play. This episode also includes great discussion on difficult play types and more signal school to help improve Korbin’s table reporting and confidence.
February 24, 2021
#139 Rules Talk 5 | Team Control | with Zack Murphy
Team control comes into play in more areas in your game than you might think. In Rules Talk Episode 5, we break down the aspects of team control from its beginning to its end to help you become a team control expert.
February 23, 2021
#138 Crossroads Officials Association | Indiana board Zoom call | with Mark Sexton
𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗱𝘀 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 (COA) is the 2nd largest officials association in the great basketball state of Indiana. Currently, they have 174 licensed basketball officials and the leadership is committed to recruiting, training & retaining basketball officials. Mark Sexton, an 8-year official, is in his first season as basketball chair of the association and grateful for the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his mentor Tracy Black. “𝗜 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝘂𝘁𝘆 to give the game our absolute best. Our best is more than just showing up and running back and forth. Our best means we’re rule book strong, mentally prepared, physically ready and passionate about our craft. We focus our meetings around watching film, discussing rules and RELATIONSHIPS. We have incredible officials in Indiana... not just in Crossroads, but throughout the state.” We recently had the opportunity to speak at a zoom meeting with the (COA) and here are some topics we discussed: -Advice for when working with a new official. -Working as many possible games that you can the right way. -Being unemotional about rule changes. -You’re only as good as your love for the game.
February 22, 2021
#137 Live From: LEEWOOD | Sideline Discussions
The Live: From series is a mash-up of sideline discussions that will give the listener that live feel and a chance to hear our instant reactions to recent plays from that night of rec games. We document some of the raw emotions that the crews are experiencing during, after, & before each game. In this episode, we talk about the dreaded pump fake foul, floppers, and the most popular directional point. We also share some interactions and mention a few different tips on how to stay proactive when players begin to taunt each other.
February 21, 2021
#136 Game Notes 015 | with Isaiah Langlois | 5-Year Official | Dubuque, IA
𝗜𝘀𝗮𝗶𝗮𝗵 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗼𝗶𝘀, is a dedicated 5-year Official from Dubuque, IA looking to continuously evolve at his craft. Recently, he began to wonder if the officiating industry had any film review services available for referees to send their game tape in and get high-quality instructional feedback in return. About a day later he stumbled upon the Crown Refs content and quickly realized that we provide the exact service that he was seeking. In this episode of Game Notes, we talk about providing rule-based explanations rather than over-explaining our calls, giving our partners a good pass vs. slapping the ball away, and not allowing coaches to influence, alter, or manipulate our decision-making process.
February 17, 2021
#135 Game Notes 014 | with Ryan Ceglieski | 2-year Official | Houston, TX | Texas A & M (freshman)
𝗥𝘆𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗲𝗴𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀𝗸𝗶 is a 19-year old freshman at Texas A & M who dreams about one day becoming an NBA official. He's made his goals very clear from early on but he understands the importance of patience and falling in love with the PROCESS first. Ryan is a die-hard Houston Rockets fan who became interested in becoming an official after his displeasure with Scott Foster one game. He thought he could do a better job than him (lol) so he decided to get certified and give it a shot. He would soon quickly realize how difficult officiating is and that he might not be better than Foster just yet. Funny thing is, he became a big fan of his after hearing Scott speak on The Crown Refs Podcast #49. In this episode of Game Notes, we talk about the importance of having a next-play mentality just like good players do and not judging yourself or your partners during the game. This episode also features over 10 minutes of signal school where we break down Ryan’s table reporting to add more strength and confidence. https://youtu.be/IDTx5eEFHvw
February 10, 2021
#134 Game Notes 013 |with Evan Busen | 10-year Official | Ozark, MO |Former MLB Draft pick (pitcher)
𝗘𝘃𝗮𝗻 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗻, is a former 2-sport college athlete at Quincy University lettering in basketball & baseball. This talented righty was a standout pitcher who was drafted by the Houston Astros in the mid-2000s but his career was cut short due to injury. Following his minor league experience, he found a new passion for officiating and has been refereeing basketball for the past 10 years. In this episode of 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴, we talk about how the Crown Refs IPR provides instant growth for officials, eliminating the sale, how more coaches should communicate, and how to reverse the dialogue. Thanks for listening to the audio experience for basketball officials. 📺 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/hkO59Ub3A2M
February 05, 2021
#133 The Tyler Ford Wrap-up Show | Hosted by John Mattison
A new feature to our signature series of guests is a wrap-up show highlighting the notable content and key points from the previous episode. In this pod, our host John Mattison breaks down the 𝘛𝘺𝘭𝘦𝘳 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘥 podcast sharing his biggest takeaways and teaching points from his perspective. We hope this episode helps to bring a new outlook and amplify the learning of the Tyler Ford content. Enjoy!
January 30, 2021
#132 Tyler Ford | The Difference between good & GREAT | 6-year NBA Official | Westfield, IN
In episode 132 we present you with another podcast from our 𝙎𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙨 featuring 6-year NBA Official 𝙏𝙮𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙁𝙤𝙧𝙙. As we continue to provide you with a content library to help elevate your game, 𝙏𝙮𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙁𝙤𝙧𝙙 becomes the latest to graciously add more pillars of 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗱 into the 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨 ecosystem. We sat with him for 80 minutes as he shared his beliefs on what makes an official 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗲 and listed some of the biggest differences between a good & 𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧. Other topics include the 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗮𝗺𝗲, 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽, how to block out 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗻𝗼𝗶𝘀𝗲, and also documents his experience living and working for over 70 days inside the 𝗡𝗕𝗔 𝗯𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/9i5miAiJ29U
January 30, 2021
#131 Game Notes 012 | with Corbin Clark | 3-year Official | Carmel, IN
𝘾𝙤𝙧𝙗𝙞𝙣 𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙠 grew up 30 minutes north of Indianapolis in “basketball-crazy” Carmel, IN. From early on he always has been intrigued by officiating at all levels and pursued that passion in 2018, entering the game as a humble & hungry rookie looking to improve in all ways possible. 𝗙𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 3 years he’s been working high school basketball in the Hoosier state looking to get to the next level and make the jumps from JV to Varsity and up through the COLLEGE ranks. 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗯𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗮 𝗱𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 supporter of the Crown Refs podcasts, articles, and Social media content often listening to episodes before a game to prepare and stay sharp. He recently dove in deeper with the Crown Refs (IPR) Film Review Service as a way to amplify his growth and accelerate his skill set as an official. 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 of 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴 we discuss when the best time is to initiate a conversation with a coach, how to avoid unnecessary dialogue and we perform over 10 minutes of 𝘚𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 to improve our presentation at the spot & table. To watch https://youtu.be/zv0ZfeWTPqA
January 23, 2021
#130 Rules Talk 4 | Alternating Possession | with Zack Murphy
In Rules Talk Episode Four, we cover a few common and a few uncommon scenarios that involve the Alternating Possession Arrow. By the end of the episode, you’re guaranteed to be an AP expert.
January 16, 2021
#129 Best of 2020
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘀 𝗣𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 | 𝘽𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 This episode features over 3 hours of our best content from 2020. Special thanks to all of the officials who contributed and made this possible: Nicole Robinson, Brenda and Tim Hilton, Jerry B. Jenkins, Alex Bromley, Diana DePaul, Jack O'Brien, Scott Hamby, Brian Hansen, Lance fuller jr, Jason Hayes, Brady stiff, Pedro Rodrigues jr, Ryan Wietchy, Mark Wunderlich, Josh Boultbee, Suzanne Tiriano, Kevin baker, Denise and Tyler McCabe, Jordan Kleinjan, Matt Gonzales, Marshall Peone, DeLvEcChIo Rudd, Marc Davis, Al Battista, Raphael Benitez, Dan Hughes, Dillon Berner, Roger Ayers, Zack Murphy, Andrew Marotta, John Mattison, Daren Drake, Crystal hogan, Luke Bettencourt, Aaron Arnold, Emily Gluch, Adam Bergman, Chad Beswick, Ian Hess, Ashley Birch, Martin Birch jr #𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗺𝗲
January 01, 2021
#128 The Birchs: A Family of Officials | with Ashley Birch | & Martin Birch Jr.
𝗔𝘀𝗵𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝗶𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗝𝗿, are brother and sister officials from Kansas City, Ks. They grew up in an officiating family with their Uncle, Father, and even their Mother umpiring baseball games together. These early experiences not only brought the family closer together but also provided a solid foundation for their officiating careers to one day flourish. 𝗔𝘀𝗵𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 for 5 years and is currently working HS, JUCO, NAIA games while Martin just started his 8th season in stripes working Varsity games and was just recently hired into the (KSAC) of the NAIA. 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 we discuss their family officiating story, overcoming your fears on the court, and not allowing comments or opinions to sway your judgment. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗧𝘂𝗯𝗲 https://youtu.be/ql_FfcCX35Y
December 28, 2020
#127 Rules Talk 3 | Correctable Errors | with Zack Murphy
In Episode 3 of Rules Talk, we cover the five correctable errors, the timeframe in which errors can be corrected, and apply our knowledge to specific game scenarios to help bring life to the correctable error rule.
December 22, 2020
#126 Ref Recap 3 | A post-game discussion of notable plays and situations | CROWNREFSTV
𝗜𝗻 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝟱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝙍𝙚𝙛 𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙥 we deep dive into some recent responses and interactions with coaches. This content is designed to increase the amount of items in your toolbox and supply you with more verbal firepower to manage the difficult questions and comments that coaches present. 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀: 𝟭. When a referee gets a technical foul 𝟮. Finding the balance between addressing and ignoring 𝟯. The best time to insert yourself in the conversation 𝟰. When a conversation goes left, how to make things 𝟱. Commanding respect instead of demanding it. 𝟲. How to respectfully lower someone's volume 𝟳. The importance of grabbing their attention before delivering the message 𝟴. The 5 pillars of officiating 𝟵. How to develop more feel for the game 𝟭𝟬. Fitness tips for the pandemic 🎥 To Watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/mYwvcBEOgnc
December 17, 2020
#125 The Beautiful Blend of Teaching, Coaching, & Officiating | with Guest Host Andrew Marotta
𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗔𝗖𝗖 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 Andrew Marotta is making a big difference in his school community as a High School Principal and leader. His podcast, 𝙀𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣, 𝙇𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥 & 𝘽𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 offers game-changing advice for seasoned and inspiring school administrators. I had the opportunity to appear on his podcast to discuss teaching, keeping a positive perspective, and some tips to help develop a growth mindset. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/k-GjVZbk9kE
December 05, 2020
#124 Rules Talk | Episode 2 | 23 Most Misunderstood High School Rules | with Zack Murphy
𝗜𝗻 𝙍𝙪𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙠 𝗘𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝟮, we cover the 23 most misunderstood rules about high school basketball according to the NFHS. Some of these scenarios may occur in every game, while others may rarely unfold. At the end of the episode, Zack’s two favorite misconceptions from the list are discussed.
December 02, 2020
#123 Ref Recap 2 | A postgame discussion of notable plays and situations
𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗥𝗲𝗳 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗽, we discuss how to stay motivated during a long day of weekend games, we also list some effective pre-game tips and the early difficulties of transitioning back and forth from 2 to 3 person mechanics. 𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵 on the importance of always maintaining a healthy perspective regardless if we’re in a pandemic or not. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 on 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘛𝘶𝘣𝘦 https://youtu.be/vpFmryKXxgk
November 29, 2020
#122 Game Notes 011 | with Ian Hess | 10-year Official | Kaysville, UT
𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀, we had the pleasure to work with 10-year official Ian Hess of Kaysville, UT. We did a full game breakdown and touched on several important topics in our follow up call. We hope you find a lot of value in this episode and please share with a fellow official. 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱: •𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘴 •𝘙𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘵 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 •𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘕𝘊𝘈𝘈 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭 𝘍𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴 •𝘜𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 ”𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦” 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘯 𝘯𝘰𝘯-𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘵 •𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘢 𝘉𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘵 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘰𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳 •𝘚𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 and hope you and you're family are doing well through this time. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 on YouTube
November 20, 2020
#121 Ref Recap 1 | A Post-game discussion of notable plays and situations
𝗥𝗲𝗳 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗽, is a content series discussing notable plays and scenarios from recent games and how we can handle each situation most effectively. We analyze the thought process behind the decision making and answer some of the more commonly asked referee questions. 𝗜𝗻 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝟭, we discuss how to respond when a coach questions your partners call and what not to say to a coach. At the end of this 1-1 coaching session, we conduct a ”signals practice” to improve our sharpness when reporting at the table. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 on YouTube https://youtu.be/Qayl8hCet0k
November 09, 2020
#120 9 Tips to Enhance your Mechanics | Instructional Video | CROWN REFS IPR
𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲, we run through 9 enhancements that will help you add strength and sharpness when presenting your signals. Some examples include the hit, hold, charge, travel, 3pt, score the goal, and more. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁 was created from the “video feedback” section of our IPR report (Film Review Service.) It was designed specifically for 1 referee but we wanted to share it with you so it can also bring you value. Hopefully, you can add a few things to your game. As always, take what you like and disregard what you don't. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/gqJt4_1V17E
November 05, 2020
#119 Live from: InSports, Trumbull, CT | Staying Sharp through the Pandemic | with Javed Trotman
𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝘆 about the 2021 season we recommend taking any possible games that might be available to you in your area. We don't know how much longer they will be at hand so get your reps in while you can. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 is from a long weekend of officiating games @InSports in Trumbell, CT. I had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite officials and fellow Crown Refs original Javed Trotman. 𝗪𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 some shot/game clock triggers, we discussed numerous technical foul situations and also concluded that when a coach gets generic, that’s our opportunity to play offense and get specific.
November 03, 2020
#118 From Camper to Clinician | An Observers Perspective | with Chad Beswick
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼 is from Spooky Nook Sports back in July of 2019 at a college tryout camp. Our guest, Chad Beswick, is a Division 1 official from the DC metro area who was assigned to observe at his first camp. 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲, we discuss the biggest difficulties between officiating D2 and D1, how everyone’s career path varies, and what it’s like sitting on the sidelines and observing for 10 games. 📰 𝗧𝗼 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 up for our free newsletter text ”servethegame” to 22828
November 02, 2020
#117 Never Stop Learning, Never Stop Teaching | A short Story by Adam Bergman | Virginia Beach, VA
𝙉𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙥 𝙇𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙉𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙥 𝙏𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 is a recently published article on 𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀.𝗰𝗼𝗺 featuring fellow basketball official, sportswriter, and avid Crown Refs listener Adam Bergman. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 from the 2019-20 basketball season involving a player who he gave a technical foul too that would later end up doing yard work at Adams home during the pandemic. 📰 𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝘂𝗽 for our free newsletter by texting ”servethegame” to 22828
October 30, 2020
#116 Game Notes 010 with Emily Gluch | 5-year Official | Weiser, ID
𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀, we had the pleasure to work with Emily Gluch, who already has 5 years officiating experience and she's only a senior in college! 𝗢𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 we discussed slowing down the tempo of our game which includes the amount of time we allow ourselves to process a play, whistle cadence, rotations, signals, communication etc. 𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗱 the right way to ask your partner for help, how to present your fouls with more pop and staying mechanically thorough. We also noted to avoid calling through the paint in the lead position when the ball is on the weak side. 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 to Emly Gluch for her continued belief and support in the Crown Refs grassroots program and IPR service.
October 27, 2020
#115 The Officials Help Desk | with Emily Gluch | IPR #29
𝗘𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗚𝗹𝘂𝗰𝗵 is a 5-year official from Weiser, ID who was recently hired into the NWAC, NAIA, and division 3 in the Pacific northwest. 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲, we discuss the transition from officiating high school to college and some of the proper adjustments to make. 𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 with some questions about scheduling, partners, pre-game, uniforms, verbal judo, and more. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮 🔥 𝗤 & 𝗔 of some common themes that we hope can bring you a lot of value. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/pRfFQ7eEp7o
October 27, 2020
#114 Rules Talk | Episode 1 (pilot) | with Zack Murphy | NFHS Edition
Rules Talk is the latest content series coming to Crown Refs. In Rules Talk, we plan on taking a rules-based deep dive into common and uncommon game scenarios to help you improve your rules knowledge and serve the game more effectively. In Rules Talk Episode One, we discuss legal guarding position, the block/charge play, and dismantle one of its biggest misconceptions.
October 26, 2020
#113 Daily Burst from the Bubble Vol. 5 | Celtics/Heat Game 1 | with John Mattison
𝗜𝗻 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗲 5 of 𝘋𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘵 from the 𝘉𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦, we highlight official Sean Wright once again, as he calls a foul on Derrick Jones Jr. making illegal contact while running through a screen. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 podcast details Sean’s expertise and poise in making a bang-bang play look so easy, as he quickly deciphers the illegal contact and makes the correct call. 𝗪𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 the play, as well as give you the exact section of the rulebook you can find this away from-the-play foul. 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗹𝘆, we break down Sean’s score table communication, where we should be positioned during inbound plays, and how we can avoid throwing our fellow crew members under the bus when a coach is questioning us about someone else’s call. 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗲 5 - 𝗕𝘂𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲 📰 To Read https://crownrefs.com/daily-burst-from-the-bubble-volume-5/ 🎥To Watch https://youtu.be/AXF3yd7VQ98
October 25, 2020
#112 Daily Burst from the Bubble Vol. 4 | Raptors/Celtics Game 6 | with John Mattison
𝗜𝗻 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗲 𝟰 of 𝘋𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘵 from the 𝘉𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘭𝘦, we highlight official Sean Wright, as he calls a flagrant foul on Marcus Smart. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 on the whole concept of ensuring defenders give offensive players enough room to land, specifically on jump shots. 𝗪𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 the play, as well as some history behind the call and how it originated - 𝗪𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗱 plays like this and how they bring us back to the “Zaza Rule” or the “Kawhi Rule.” 𝗟𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗹𝘆, we talk about how to improve your positioning and how to avoid being “stacked.” 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗲 𝟰 - 𝗕𝘂𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲! This podcast is also available in written and video form. Log on to crownrefs.com or click YouTube link https://youtu.be/4ZjmKDijsfU
October 15, 2020
#111 Game Notes 009 with Aaron Arnold | Huntington, WV | 5-year Official
𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗚𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀 we had the absolute pleasure to work with Aaron Arnold, a 5-year official from Huntington, WV. Aaron is currently working on the Division 2 Women’s side with the goal of moving up to the Division 1 level. 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 we speak about the importance of having a sharp presentation as a way to improve our believability as well as trusting our partners by showing patience, not guessing and having cadence whistles. 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 situations discussed where: -Hand checks (illegal contact or game Interruptors) -staying engaged with the shooter the entire play (up, down, rebound) -How to improve your clock awareness. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘶𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘛𝘶𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘭 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘴𝘛𝘝. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/GNelktYCG0w
October 10, 2020
#110 Daily Burst from the Bubble Vol. 3 | Lakers/Rockets Game 1 | with John Mattison
𝗜𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗿𝗱 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗲 of Daily Burst from the Bubble, we highlight Game 1 of the 2020 Western Conference Semifinals, featuring the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻𝘀 with James Harden crossing over and driving to score from the top of the key. After going into his shot motion and releasing the ball, Anthony Davis slides in to take a charge. 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹, 𝗞𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗙𝗶𝘁𝘇𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗱 is in his 11th season in the NBA and has officiated 635 regular-season games, 32 playoff games, and one Finals game. You can find the full article on 𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀.𝗰𝗼𝗺 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 on YouTube https://youtu.be/muQINPwiBUQ
October 10, 2020
#109 Officiating Scholarship for Women | Luke Bettencourt | Division 1 Women’s Official
𝗟𝘂𝗸𝗲 𝗕𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗱𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 NCAA-Women’s official who received a scholarship to his first camp in 2018, which has been one of the inspirations behind his desire to start an Officiating Scholarship for Women. He aspires to help send ambitious female officials to the referee camp or tryout of their choice. 𝗛𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 for episode 109 to give us more details on his Officiating Scholarship for Women. “I noticed that the proportion of women officials to men officials is low, and I'm hoping this scholarship will encourage women to pursue the career further.” 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 who are either officiating basketball at the high school level or in their first three years at the NCAA level. The winner(s) will be awarded funds for one 2021 Camp fee (can be used toward an instructional or recruitment camp) 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 to create more scholarship opportunities, please email Luke at 𝗕𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽@𝗴𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗹.𝗰𝗼𝗺 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲: 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟭𝟱𝘁𝗵, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭
October 06, 2020
#108 Crystal Hogan | Division 1 Men’s Official | Compton, CA
𝗜𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟴, 𝗖𝗿𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗼𝗴𝗮𝗻 made history by becoming the only female to officiate Division 1 Men’s College Basketball. Her prior experience includes 9 seasons on the Division 1 Women’s side from 2009-2018 and 3 years in the NBA G-League from 2012-2015. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝘂𝗺𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 in her previous 2 stops along the way proved to be the perfect platform to help catapult her career to new heights. 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 about her relationship with basketball, from her playing days at Long Beach State, to her ascend up the college ladder. 𝗖𝗿𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 some of her most valuable experience refereeing NBA players in LA’s famous Drew League and recalls a memorable story from Kobe Bryant’s time there. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/IPuQRUO85R4
October 02, 2020
#107 “Daily Burst from the Bubble vol. 2” | Raptors/Celtics Game 2 | with John Mattison
𝗜𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗺𝗲 of Daily Burst from the Bubble, we highlight Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, featuring the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics. 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 begins with Pascal Siakam driving to score and getting stripped by Marcus Smart. 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 in Volume 2 – Zach Zarba. Zach is the lead official in our burst video clip. 𝗭𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗭𝗮𝗿𝗯𝗮 has officiated over 1,000 regular-season games in 16 seasons as an NBA official. He has also officiated 92 playoff games, including seven Finals games. 𝗕𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗕𝗔, as was with the first volume’s featured referee, Zarba officiated in the NBA G-League for two years and spent two years reffing in the International Basketball League. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 this episode on YouTube https://youtu.be/1Y1ZVLsH1oI
September 25, 2020
#106 “Elevating your mindset” | with Darren Drake | D1 Men’s Official | WIN Mental Performance
𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 for 15 seasons including the last 2 years at the Division 1 level. He is a certified Mental skills coach who recently started sharing his expertise and knowledge through his platform, WIN Mental Performance, which is a service that helps you achieve an elite mindset. 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘀 of discussion include: •How to control your nervousness •How Darren was able to find his “unlock” •How he’s benefited on/off the court •The misconceptions of mental skills training •Mentors who inspired him. 𝗕𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘆 in officiating we must first master our own thoughts, feelings, and understanding of how to process what the world throws at us. We may not be in control externally, but we are in full control of what happens internally. 𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 can give you some insights on how to improve your perspective and mental approach to life and in basketball. 🎥𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 https://youtu.be/XLhVm_fHcGo 📑𝗧𝗼 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝘂𝗽 for our free newsletter text “Servethegame” to 22828
September 22, 2020
#105 Imrpoving the Culture | Behind the Stripes Podcast | with Keith Myers & Brenda Hilton
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙚𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙥𝙚𝙨 𝙋𝙤𝙙𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙩 is dedicated to supporting officials and improving the sportsmanship of all sports in America. Their content presents and discusses the world of officiating, current events, and issues officials and sports constituencies face every day. Tune in weekly to hear compelling guests from across the sports world!! This show is hosted by Keith Myers and Brenda Hilton. 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 include NFL rules analyst Dean Blandino, NCAA Women’s Coordinator of Officiating Consortium Patty Broderick, and fellow referee/podcaster and host of the Referee Rant, Ralph ”the Ref” Fornoles. 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 to have partnered with Officially Human on this mission to improve the culture of officiating for the better of the game.
September 17, 2020
#104 Daily Burst from the Bubble vol. 1 | Rockets/Thunder Game 6 | with John Mattison
𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲, we cover the excellent work by our featured official, Kevin Scott in our Daily Burst from the Bubble - Volume 1. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 takes us through what we need to look for in determining a block vs charge call and how to stay calm and professional when players don’t agree with your call. 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 and check out how we can learn from one of the game’s best referees, Kevin Scott when it comes to executing proper mechanics and improving your decision making on bang-bang plays. 🚨𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨 𝙉𝙚𝙬𝙨 𝘼𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙩🚨 𝗔𝘀 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄, we remain dedicated to bringing the most value to basketball officials through our free content. In an effort to produce even more volume, we’re excited to add another creator to our content team. 𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳s new Beat Writer 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘯. John, is a 5th-year official from Minneapolis, MN with a Communications and Sportswriting background who is eager to add another dimension to our platform. 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 of the Daily Burst series and he is making his video debut here on episode 104 of the Crown Refs Podcast. 🎥 𝗧𝗼 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 the episode https://youtu.be/2Q0FAKWzSdU 📩 𝗦𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝘂𝗽 for our free newsletter by texting ”servethegame” to 22828 𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝗻𝗷𝗼𝘆!
September 14, 2020
#103 Andrew Marotta | 15-year D1 Official | ELB Surviving & Thriving Podcast | Principal Sparks
𝘼𝙣𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙬 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙩𝙖 is an energetic and enthusiastic school leader who has put his positive imprint on his beloved school, Port Jervis HS, in Port Jervis, NY. With the release of his first book, THE PRINCIPAL: Surviving & Thriving. 125 Points of Wisdom, Practical Tips, and Relatable Stories for all School Principals, Andrew is looking to expand his impact on others. 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗛𝘂𝘀𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱, Father, Principal, Former 15-year Division One College Basketball Official, Professional Speaker & Developer, podcaster, blogger, and now an author. 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲, 𝘄𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗮 𝘄𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴: • His career in college basketball and working in the ACC • We listed the many mentors who helped him along the way • Told a Roger Ayers story from a 2008 conference playoff game • Tips, Tricks, and strategies from his book • What he learned most from officiating and how it applies to being a Principal • The biggest challenges he faced during his NCAA years 𝙄𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘈𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘸’𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 ”𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘭: 𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 & 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨” 𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘢.𝘤𝘰𝘮 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 https://youtu.be/z6VHBZ0_LDk 𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝗻𝗷𝗼𝘆! #servethegame
September 11, 2020
#102 Game Notes 008 with Zack Murphy | Savannah, GA | 4th-year Official
In this edition of 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴, we had the opportunity to work with Zack Murphy from Savannah, TN. Zack is a 21-year old senior at Mississippi State University majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He started officiating as a freshman in college and this upcoming season will his fourth season officiating high school basketball. His goal is to become a Division 1 men’s official. We had a lot of teachable moments throughout the session as we discussed having whistle discipline to avoid game Interrupters, practical tips to better manage coaches, and how secondary whistles should sound different than our primary cadence. We think you're going to find a lot of value in this podcast as it's the longest Game Notes episode to date (76 mins). 🎥 To watch https://youtu.be/GVtvUZgIPdI 📩 To sign up for our free newsletter text ”servethegame” to 22828
September 05, 2020
#101 Game Notes 007 with Roger Ayers | Roanoke, VA | 23-year Division 1 Official
In this edition of 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴, 23-year Division 1 official 𝘙𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 brings us 5 ACC/SEC plays from previous seasons. The plays features a 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘪 technical foul, a 𝘙𝘰𝘺 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘮𝘴 encounter and a last second foul in a conference matchup between 𝘝𝘪𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘢 and 𝘗𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘴𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘨𝘩. We also discussed some good dead ball officiating tips for when multiple players go down to the floor. Game Notes is the show for basketball officials and we recommend that you watch it on YouTube for the visual instruction. You can watch it here https://youtu.be/dogSnTjNYtA
August 18, 2020
#100 Roger Ayers MasterClass | 22-year Divsion 1 Official | 3 Final Four Selections
In 𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘥𝘦 𝟷𝟶𝟶, it makes perfect sense to bring you over 𝟭𝟬𝟬 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘂𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀, insights and best practices from Final Four Official 𝙍𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝘼𝙮𝙚𝙧𝙨. This podcast focuses on improving our communication skills with coaches, players and fellow officials. We covered numerous situations where you can insert a specific 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲 to better manage the game at that 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁. Special thanks to 𝘙𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 for all of the wisdom and experience that he shared with us throughout this episode. And Thank you for 100 episodes of The Crown Refs Podcast. This would not have been possible without your interest and continued support. Let's keep growing together. 📺 To watch on YouTube click below https://youtu.be/xo9jqKozeaI
July 27, 2020
#99 Game Notes 006 with Dillon Berner | Denver, CO | 4-year Official
In this edition of 𝙂𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙉𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙨 we had the pleasure to work with 𝘿𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙣 𝘽𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙧 who just finished his 4th season officiating and is currently a Division 2 Women’s Basketball in Colorado. Dillon has a certified professional appearance to him and showed a lot of command and composure throughout the game. We feel that he is well on his way to one day becoming a Division 1 official. In this episode, we broke down over 13 plays and here are some of the key takeaways and themes from our session: 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟭. Rotating in the Lead 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟮. Illegal Screen or Push through? 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟯. Go away Stay away 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟰. Rotate without Running 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟱. Composure is our norm 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟲. PC Foul or No-Call? 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟳. One hand at a time 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟴. Lock in Secondary Defenders 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟵. Cadence Whistle from Secondary 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟭𝟬. Layered plays need more patience 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟭𝟭. Don’t be in a rush to rotate 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟭𝟮. The Awkward and the Ugly 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 #𝟭𝟯. Always handle business first Episode 99 is available in to watch on YouTube here https://youtu.be/Kb7OhbMsfTA #servethegame
July 14, 2020
#98 CROWN REFS: All-Access
Crown Refs All: Access is a 3-part referee mini-series on YouTube, and an in depth look at the passion that we have at Crown Refs for giving back to the game and developing others. We hope you find value you in this episode which is designed to help you add new pieces to your tool belt. Thank you to all of the officials, players and coaches that were featured in this content. To watch click here https://youtu.be/FBtGfplo5Yc
July 06, 2020
#97 Dan Hughes | Seattle Storm Head Coach | 2018 WNBA Champion | 2-time WNBA Coach of Year
𝘿𝙖𝙣 𝙃𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙚𝙨, is the 3rd winningest coach in WNBA history and currently in his 3rd season coaching the 𝘚𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘮. Coach Hughes is a 2018 WNBA champion, 2-time WNBA coach of the year and a 2019 cancer survivor. In this episode, our goal was to bridge some of the communication gaps between 𝗰𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀 and 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀 and work towards finding a positive common ground as dual participants of the game. 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙨. 𝟭:𝟯𝟳 How to achieve success and longevity in your profession. 𝟯:𝟰𝟮 How do you identify and great official? 𝟴:𝟬𝟱 What do coaches like least about officials? 𝟵:𝟰𝟱 How to tell when an official is nervous, weak or easily intimidated. 𝟭𝟲:𝟬𝟱 How can officials be better communicators? 𝟮𝟬:𝟱𝟰 Complaining is counterproductive to winning. 𝟮𝟳:𝟱𝟮 A coach’s perspective on Technical Fouls. 𝟯𝟬:𝟭𝟴 How teams coach legal defense. 𝟯𝟮:𝟮𝟲 How can coaches become better communicators? 𝟯𝟲:𝟬𝟬 2-way respect. 𝟰𝟮:𝟭𝟱 Bridging the Gap. 📺To watch on YouTube ⬇️ https://youtu.be/1f_qIzqhUSo
June 26, 2020
#96 Basketball is Back | The first games since the quarantine | with Raphael Benetiz
𝘈𝘈𝘜 basketball is back in the state of Florida which means there are officials working again. In this episode, we hear from one of the front-liners who has already worked multiple tournaments in facilities packed with fans. We welcome in 𝘙𝘢𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘦𝘭 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘻 to give us some insights on what it was like getting back on the court post-quarantine. We talked about some new safety measures, his upcoming camp schedule, and the difficulties in transitioning from the 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘧𝘰𝘹 𝟺𝟶 to the electronic whistle. We wish you all a safe return back to the court, whenever your area or state allows. #𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗺𝗲
June 19, 2020
#95 Game Notes 005 with Al Battista | 44 years of officiating experience| Washington, DC
In this edition of 𝙂𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙉𝙤𝙩𝙚𝙨, we welcome back special guest 𝘈𝘭 𝘉𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢 as we analyze 5 plays from an 𝘕𝘊𝘈𝘈 and 𝘍𝘐𝘉𝘈 game. We hope you find value in the discussions and can add a few 𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗹𝘀 to your belt from this episode. Here are the play types we that we broke down: 1) 𝘎𝘰𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨/𝘉.𝘐. 2) 𝘊𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘩/𝘗𝘢𝘴𝘴 3) 𝘛𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘴 4) 𝘝𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺/𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦/𝘛𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭 5) 𝘗𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘮. Special Thanks to 𝘈𝘭 𝘉𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢 for his numerous contributions to the 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨 𝙋𝙤𝙙𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙩 and program. To watch those episode on YouTube clicks below. https://youtu.be/yCftV4vMMcU
June 17, 2020
#94 21 Questions to help you effectively break down film | with Al Battista
❓Here are 21 questions that you can ask yourself as you are breaking down your next game. 🚩Use these markers as a template to help you better self-evaluate your performance. 🎨Hopefully, this can inspire you to add more questions to your own list but more importantly increase your content knowledge and awareness as a true observer into the art of officiating. 1️⃣Do you wear out the pause and rewind buttons? 2️⃣Are you always finding your clocks? 3️⃣How do you referee plays to the basket and at the rim? 4️⃣Are you patient enough in Lead or are you REACTING to incidental contact? 5️⃣Are you in a dependable position or are you disconnected from the play? 6️⃣Are you sideline oriented in Trial and Center or are you too far out onto the court? 7️⃣Do you overrun plays in the Trail or do you stay centered on the ball line? 8️⃣Do you referee to the top of your eyes or does your vision lack a vertical jump? 9️⃣Are your rotations effective or is your timing and awareness off? 1️⃣0️⃣Are you sequencing plays or do you struggle to recognize our order and timeline of rulings? 1️⃣1️⃣Do you fight to get open angles or are you too stagnant? 1️⃣2️⃣Do you walk into stacks or are you able to adjust to avoid them? 1️⃣3️⃣Do you throw strikes in your secondary? 1️⃣4️⃣Do you have good whistle timing? 1️⃣5️⃣Do you show effort and urgency? 1️⃣6️⃣Do you recognize which defenders can hurt you the most? 1️⃣7️⃣Do you crack and cave under pressure? 1️⃣8️⃣Do you work every possession hard? 1️⃣9️⃣Do you have a feel for every game you work? 2️⃣0️⃣When you miss a call do you go in a box? 2️⃣1️⃣Are you improving with each performance on film? To download THE GUIDE click here https://youtu.be/4_uI841xHd8
June 04, 2020
#93 Game Notes 004 with Marc Davis | 12 NBA Finals games | Chicago, IL
In this edition of Game Notes, we welcome in special guest and NBA referee Marc Davis. We broke down some plays from an NCAA game between Kansas vs Arizona State. We talked about a couple red flags for illegal screens and how slot side drives are the achilles heel of the 3 person system. He also touched on being in control of your angles and listed some criteria for block/charge plays in the lane. To watch this episode on YouTube click here https://youtu.be/VB4YYZjL9h4
June 03, 2020
#92 Marc Davis | Instruction through tension | 22-year NBA Official
In this episode, we bring you 22-year NBA vet Marc Davis. Marc has officiated 132 playoff games including 12 Finals games in his exceptional career. We speak about instruction through tension and identifying your emotions under pressure. We also learn about Marc’s journey through officiating and the importance of establishing a solid foundation of mentors to guide you along the way. He mentions a couple of items from red flag list and some play-calling guidelines to implement when we return from this basketball blackout. to watch this episode on YouTube click below https://youtu.be/EwTpG1t84l4
June 01, 2020
#91 Communication with Coaches | When is too much enough? | with Delvekio Rudd
Is it possible that sometimes we over-communicate with coaches and it gets us in trouble? When does the constant conversations become too much? How often do you engage in small-talk? All of these questions answered. To watch this episode click below. https://youtu.be/MLg3Lg03Cvo
April 30, 2020
#90 Game Notes 003 with Marshall Peone | 6th-year Official | Centralia, WA
In this edition of Game Notes we discuss perfecting the punch and how positioning impacts play-calling, We emphasized not reacting to contact and filtering it then deciding. One other interesting point that stood out was to not call a foul if you didn’t see the whole movie. The full episode is available on YouTube and Facebook in video format. Make sure you give it a look so you can see the plays that we are discussing. Thanks for listening. Click here to watch https://youtu.be/XZe7Djzs6E0
April 26, 2020
#89 Game Notes 002 with Matt Gonzales| 8th-year Official | Monstrose, CO
On this edition of Game Notes with Matt Gonzales, we discuss 14 different plays from a girl's varsity game that he had earlier this season. Some topics we focused on was having that consistent situational awareness and always refereeing like a crew chief. We also spoke about anticipating where the play is going to always see the space between the offensive player and defender. This episode is available to watch on YouTube. Click here https://youtu.be/5sdA5pnZcmA
April 21, 2020
#88 Crown Refs Presents “Game Notes” A YouTube series | Episode 001 | Jordan Kleinjan | Bismark, ND
We are excited to launch Game Notes as a visual podcast show on YouTube, Instagram & Facebook. On the show, we will post the plays from our discussions to provide you with the necessary visuals to fully comprehend and enjoy the conversations more. Each episode also features additional instructional content that is displayed throughout the show. We appreciate you listening to the podcast and we would LOVE if you watched it. This episode features Jordan Kleinjan from Bismark, ND. To watch click here https://youtu.be/2NggfqUU0-k
April 17, 2020
#87 Game Notes 000 | with Denise & Tyler McCabe | Husband & Wife Officials | Elko, NV
This is another edition of game notes which is one of the sections of our Individual Performance report that we turned into a podcasts series. This episode we had the absolute pleasure to work with an officiating couple. Denise and Tyler McCabe a husband and wife from Elko, NV. We spoke about reducing choppiness and developing a more fluid presentation and when to come out of primary for a crew saver. I really hope everybody and they're families are safe and doing ok right now. Stay optimistic. Have a great weekend. Enjoy.
April 11, 2020
#86 Game Notes -001 | with Kevin Baker | 7th-Year Official | Klamath Falls, OR
In this edition of Game Notes, we had the pleasure to work with Kevin Baker, a 7th-year official from Klamath Falls, Oregon. We focused on the importance of being in a dependable position to referee each play and the necessary adjustments we have make as the play develops. We also mentioned the difficulties officials have when transitioning back and forth from 2-to-3 person mechanics. (FYI We are in the process of transitioning “Game Notes” into a visual podcast show. Stay tuned...
April 08, 2020
#85 Game Notes -002 | with Suzanne Tiranno | 7th-Year Official| Amherst, MA
In this edition of game notes, I got the opportunity to work with Suzanne Tiranno, an NCAA D2 official from Massachusetts with a boatload of potential and a hunger to improve. We spoke about the unpopular, late-game take foul with no play on the ball, which is usually by rule an intentional foul (F1.) We touched on our natural hesitancy to upgrade this foul and also talked about treating your primary like your backyard. Suzanne also elaborated on the benefits of the IPR service and why it provides more contextual information then a camp could based on the one on one value it provides. We hope you enjoy this episode and be sure to hit us up with any questions or feedback.
April 07, 2020
#84 Game Notes -003 | with Josh Boultbee | 10th-year Official | Lancaster, PA
In this edition of Game Notes, we sit down with Josh Boultbee, a 10th-year official from Lancaster, PA. We had a great conversation about getting better and staying sharp through this basketball blackout. We discussed not bringing emotion from a previous play into the current one, when a coach requests an early timeout and recognizing when plays present options. This episode is also available to watch on YouTube. Click link below https://youtu.be/ADl1pwKrQBQ
April 03, 2020
#83 Mark Wunderlich | 21-year NBA Official | 2008 & 2009 NBA Finals | VP of Referee Operations @NBA
Episode 83 features former 21-year NBA official Mark Wunderlich. Mark officiated 1200 regular-season games from 1990-2011 including 88 playoffs most notably the 2008 & 2009 NBA finals and the 2008 NBA all-star game. On this podcast, we focus on the importance of habits and mechanics, primary and secondary coverage responsibilities, some tips for watching film and the 2 most common mistakes officials make. Be sure to hit us up with any questions or feedback and we hope you can add a couple of things to your game. This episode is also available to watch on YouTube. Click link below. https://youtu.be/ue51vcDTo68
March 27, 2020
#82 Game Notes -004 | with Ryan Wietchy | 4th-year Official | Detroit, MI
Thanks for listening to the Crown Refs Podcast. We hope everyone and there families are safe and sound during this health crisis and time of uncertainty. This episode is from an IPR (Individual Performance Report) with an emerging 25-year old Official from the Motor City. We think your going to really enjoy these next 30 mins of consistent 🔥🔥. We spoke about eliminating the generic referee run, being ready to take advantage of step-up moments in the game and how to properly execute a late whistle when needed. All that and always much more on episode #82 outro beat by https://youtu.be/H1lk1wJ7pE0 🙏❤️ If you have time please let us know what you thought of this podcast. Crownrefs@gmail.com
March 17, 2020
#81 Game Notes -005 | with Pedro Rodrigues Jr. | 8th-year official | Fitchburg, MA
In this Game Notes podcast, we had the pleasure to work with Pedro Rodrigues Jr, from Fitchburg, MA. Pedro just finished his 8th-season as an official and he is looking to hit the camp scene hard this summer and get picked up in a collegiate conference. One of our main points of emphasis was the idea of being able to “take a punch” and have the type of “tough chin” to not bite on incidental contact. Another topic we discussed was the fact that Pedro is utilizing the IPR service as a lead up and a great way to get ready for camp season. We hope you enjoy and hit us up with any questions or comments. For more information on our Individual Performance Report email us firstname.lastname@example.org or click here https://link.medium.com/8BeNaJhGv4
March 09, 2020
#80 Game Notes -006 | with Brady Stiff | 13-year Official | Rolling Meadows, IL
In this IPR follow-up, we got a chance to work with Brady Stiff from Illinois. Brady began officiating back in college while attending Indiana University in the mid-2000s. Since then, he's continued to work hard at moving up the officiating ladder both on the girl's and boys' sides. In this podcast, we talk about slowing down everything from your processing time to your signaling and everything else in between. We discussed a layered play that featured an F1 & coaches warning and also touched on extending our coverage in a 2-person game. For more information on our Individual Performance Report email us email@example.com or click here https://link.medium.com/8BeNaJhGv4
March 06, 2020
#79 Game Notes -007 | with Jason Hays | 14-year Official | Washington, MO
Jason Hays, is an extremely dedicated basketball official from Washington, MO. He recently chose our IPR service as way to enhance his skill set and this is our follow-up conversation from his game. We discuss not over-rotating in the lead position, block/charge plays with a double whistle and avoiding cheap and ones. We hope you get a ton of value out of these game notes, as always feel free to reach out with any questions. For more information on our Individual Performance Report email us firstname.lastname@example.org or click here https://link.medium.com/8BeNaJhGv4
March 04, 2020
#78 Game Notes -008 | with Lance Fuller Jr. | 6-year Official | El Dorado, KS
Lance Fuller Jr, is a 6-year official from El dorado, Kansas. This is Lance’s IPR follow-up where we discuss being the authority for the game, increasing your pain tolerance, keeping things simple and much more. We hope you get a ton of value out of these game notes, as always feel free to reach out with any questions. For more information on our Individual Performance Report email us email@example.com or click here https://link.medium.com/8BeNaJhGv4
March 02, 2020
#77 Game Notes -009 | with Brian Hansen | Minneapolis , MN | 16-year official
Brian Hansen, is a 16-year official from Minneapolis, MN who is very passionate about improving at his craft. He recently chose the Crown Refs IPR service to accelerate his growth as an official. After Brian received his report he re-watched his film with the game notes section as a guide and then we conducted a follow-up call to further analyze the takeaways from his game. In this podcast, we discuss dead-ball officiating, being more patient in the lead, and how to impress a college assignor. We hope you get a ton of value out of these new episodes. As always feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback. #Serve the game For more information on our Individual Performance Report email us firstname.lastname@example.org
March 01, 2020
#76 Game Notes -010 |with Scott Hamby | Waco, Texas
Game notes are part of Crown Refs IPR service that's designed to provide officials with high-quality instructional feedback of their film. In this section we do a full game break down with time-stamped plays that are loaded with insightful comments and questions. Once the report is complete, we follow up with that official over the phone to have a discussion and further analyze the plays. This episode features Scott Hamby, a 6-year official from Waco, Texas. Hope you enjoy. For more information on our IPR service click here. https://link.medium.com/sN8q0Ue1l4 or email us email@example.com
February 29, 2020
#75 Game Notes -011 | Introducing CROWN REFS IPR | The film review service for basketball officials
Crown Refs is excited to launch our new film review service called the IPR. The Individual•Performance•Report provides basketball officials with high-quality instructional feedback on their game film. Send us a copy of your game and we’ll produce a comprehensive review of insights and tips to help you develop your skillset as an official. This audio is the follow-up call from IPR #3 featuring Jack O’brien. If you are interested in working with Crown Refs to enhance your officiating skills email us for more details. firstname.lastname@example.org or click here https://link.medium.com/K9apMO4Ee4 #servethegame
February 20, 2020
#74 Diana Depaul | NBA Referee Scout | Former 20-year Division 1 Official
Diana Depaul has been working as referee scout in the NBA for the past 2 years. She is a former 20-year Division 1 official who has also worked the NCAA tournament, the NBA’s D-League, and the World University Games. She joins us on the podcast to discuss her path to the NBA, the qualities of a great official, and creating your own pathway to achieve your goals.
February 06, 2020
#73 Verbal Judo | Alex Bromley | 8-year Detective and Verbal Judo instructor| part 2
Verbal Judo Institute has equipped over a million individuals with the necessary skills to redirect behavior and generate voluntary compliance. They believe in “Staying calm in the midst of conflict, deflecting verbal abuse, and offering empathy in the face of antagonism.” Alex Bromley is an 8-year law enforcement officer who partnered with the Verbal Judo Institute in 2018 and is now a National Instructor. He joins the podcast to share some of Verbal Judo’s tactical communication methods and how they can be applied for basketball officials. We know you will find a ton of value in this audio that can be directly implemented in your game. (Music produced by Riddick X-Motivate)
January 28, 2020
#72 Verbal Judo | Jerry B. Jenkins | New York Times Best-Selling Writer | part 1
The essence of Verbal Judo is best defined as a gentle yet powerful way of persuasion that helps us to avoid, resolve and manage resistance by using presence and words. Jerry B. Jenkins, has 21 New York Times best selling books and is the writer of Verbal Judo. He joins the Crown Refs Podcast to discuss how this communication system best applies to the craft of officiating. Time stamps. :35 what is verbal judo? 2:00 George j. Thompson 4:15 how to take crap with grace 5:37 what not to say 8:00 how to show empathy 9:00 absorbing criticism 9:30 criticism is an opportunity 11:08 generating and automatic response 12:31 ego 16:58 the best way to interupt 18:09 controlling the situation
January 22, 2020
#71 Officially Human 2.0 | with Brenda and Tim Hilton
Brenda and Tim Hilton have taken on the initiative of improving the treatment of all referees. Officially Human was founded to restore respect to, and positive treatment of, sports officials through increased education and communication to all stakeholders (administrators, coaches, and fans) while recruiting and retaining new officials at all levels. Their mission is to improve the culture of officiating. Some of their core values are to promote sportsmanship, fairness and to develop solution based ideas for the issues officials face today. Officiallyhuman.com
January 14, 2020
#70 Officially Human | with Brenda and Tim Hilton
Officially Human was founded to restore respect to, and positive treatment of, sports officials through increased education and communication to all stakeholders (administrators, coaches, and fans) while recruiting and retaining new officials at all levels. Their mission is to improve the culture of officiating. Some of their core values are to promote sportsmanship, fairness and to develop solution based ideas for the issues officials face today. Officiallyhuman.com
January 14, 2020
#69 Live from: House of Sports Vol. 4 ”Chain Reaction” with Nicole Robinson
Live From: House of Sports returns with volume 4 featuring Nicole Robinson. Thanks for listening to the audio experience for basketball officials. In this episode, Nicole explains how growing up the daughter of a referee helped spark her officiating career. Plus, we discuss signal preferences and some situations from our 3 games together. This was the first time Nicole and I had ever worked together. We hope you enjoy the episode. Here are 18 ways to help you run and #servethegame https://link.medium.com/zjN1C5AuZ2 click here to watch Crown Refs: All: Access episode #2 https://youtu.be/isqEGDrBa6k
January 05, 2020
#68 Best of 2019 compilation
Thank you for listening to the Crown Refs Podcast. We appreciate your continued support. We think you’re going to love this episode because it’s a mash-up of some of the best content of the year. #68 features Joey Crawford, Scott Foster, Al Battista, Stacey Thomas, Reggie Greenwood, Derrick Stafford, Ed T. Rush and Ronnie Nunn. On behalf of Crown Refs we wish you a happy and healthy new year.
December 30, 2019
#67 Stacey Thomas | 6-year WNBA career | 12-year official
Stacey Thomas had a legendary college career at Michigan and was selected 23rd overall in the 2000 WNBA draft. She went on to play 6 seasons in the league and won a championship in 2003 with the Detroit Shock. Since retiring from basketball, she's built a 12-year career as an official. She currently officiates at the division 2 level and her goal is set on reaching D1. To support his podcast click here. https://anchor.fm/crown-refs
December 25, 2019
#66 Al Battista | Sequencing & Guidelines
NBA scout Al Battista returns to the podcast to give us sequencing and guidelines. He broke down some play types ranging from jump shots, rebounds, push offs, blocked shots, clamps, flops, game management and much more. He also emphasized the fact that more officials need to stand up for themselves and respond to the disrespectful behavior that coaches often demonstrate. We hope you enjoy and hit us up on social with feedback. Have a great season!
December 11, 2019
#65 Christian Watson | 3-sport Division 1 official
Christian Watson, 31, is the Bo Jackson of referees. He currently works at the division one level in football, baseball and basketball. He is the youngest D1 crew chief in America and is the son of a former 2-sport official. We discuss what it took for him to ascend up the ladder, the skills that transfer over to any sport, his future goals and much more. #servethegame
December 05, 2019
#64 Turning your inner fear into outer strength | with Luís Ferreira
Luís Ferreira, is a 20-year old regional referee from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He’s been officiating since 2018 and reached out to me with a couple of game management questions. We spoke about running the game, when to give a warning vs technical foul, and turning fear into strength. Outro music: “Canaria” by CERTIBEATS.
December 02, 2019
#63 Bridging the gap between Coaches and Referees | featuring Benji Carter
In this podcast I sit down with a local high school coach to discuss ways to improve his communication with officials. We talked about technical fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct and ways that we can make the relationship better for officials and coaches. We want to bridge the gap between coaches, refs, players and fans to make the game we all love even better.
November 29, 2019
#62 Why do 70% of new officials quit after just 3 years? | with Trevor Houle | Referee magazine
On episode 62 of the Crown Refs Podcast, Trevor Houle joined me to talk about the need to recruit officials. We dive into recruitment techniques for officials under 30 years old and how to overcome obstacles that prevent people from joining the ranks/officials leaving the profession. Also discussed was retention of current officials and overcoming the statistic that 70% of all sports officials quit after 3 years (NASO 2019). Time stamps. 1:45 The shortage of officials 5:18 Abuse 13:58 an investment in yourself 15:15 The good, the bad & the ugly 20:10 Stay patient 26:50 We need to be humanized 30:50 Find a mentor (crown refs) 33:28 Study groups 35:00 Utilize technology 39:00 Comission vs Omission 40:40 Controlling fan and coach behavior 44:00 Change is coming 46:04 Empathy
November 25, 2019
#61 Ed T. Rush & Rob Rorke | Court Club Elite
Ed T. Rush officiated 33 NBA finals games and then went on to build a premier training platform for basketball officials to accelerate their growth. His former student, Rob Rorke was able to develop through the court club system to rise up and become an NCAA-M Division 1 official. In this podcast, we speak about the mistake recovery strategy, breathing techniques under duress and the mentorship program that court club provides. Time stamps. 1:50 strong foundations 5:31 mental game series 10:02 the value of COURT CLUB 14:00 JD Collins breathing tips 18:14 mistake recovery strategy 22:06 Tyler ford’s development 25:49 court club content 29:25 confidence conditioning statements 35:40 the passion to teach 46:00 your growth before mine
November 17, 2019
#60 #servethegame | A Crown Refs Bio
On Sunday, November 10th, 2019 I had the opportunity to present Crown Refs to my local IAABO Board 52. I spoke about my passion to make a lasting, positive impact on the officiating world and why they should listen to the podcast before and after games. If you have any questions throughout the year feel free to contact me. My phone number: 914-206-2397. Thanks -Paul Diasparra
November 11, 2019
#59 A letter to the floppers
In order to raise awareness surrounding the new flopping rule I decided to write a letter to the floppers. Hopefully, players and referees can enjoy this light-hearted piece together in the spirit of good fun. #dontflop
October 25, 2019
#58 Live from: House of Sports | Technical fouls, ejections and when a coach claims to be a referee
This podcast is a mashup of a couple of different nights at the house of sports. We spoke about a number of technical foul situations, an ejection and a coach who claimed to be a referee. Special thanks to Mike Evans and Anthony Calise. Here are the time stamps. 1:21 When a coach claims to be a refere 2:52 The perfect toss 5:52 Ending the game with a Tech 8:25 Be unaffected by negativity 8:50 Fumble dribble fumble 11:03 Grabbing an opponents jersey 13:35 The importance of refereeing with friends 14:20 That’s a foul 16:06 Your man is out of control 17:06 A state of the league address 19:15 Using your voice 21:21 HD signals
October 21, 2019
#57 The Reggie Greenwood school of thought | Start-Develop-Finish-Decide
Reggie Greenwood worked 19 straight big east tournaments from 1990-2009 and served as the supervisor of officials for the Ivy & Patriot leagues from 2009-2019. Take a look at the wide range of topics we spoke about here in the time stamps. 1:54 How supervisors select their staff 7:02 The old BIG EAST 10:32 Block/Charge plays 15:36 Bracing for impact 17:36 Legal guarding position 18:48 Primary or Secondary defender? 21:45 Work/Life balance 30:00 How to move up^ 32:16 Resetting your goals 37:16 Reggie’s camp 39:19 Coverage area 47:50 Post-Pause-Process 51:33 Start-Develop-Finish-Decide 57:32 Humble beginnings 1:03:17 2005 NCAA Final Four 1:07:51 Does the Coach have too much power?
October 14, 2019
#56 Ron Foxcroft | Inventor of FOX 40 | First Canadian Division 1 Official
Ron Foxcroft is arguably the most successful referee entrepreneurs of all time. He recently received Canada’s highest honor. The Order of Canada honors people whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations; and whose compassion unites our communities. Ron is the inventor of the Fox 40 Pealess Whistle. Which is now sold in 140 countries and is sanctioned by almost all major sports worldwide. He was named one of referee magazines 52 most influential persons in North American officiating history. Show notes. :27 Accomplishments 2:00 Fox 40 brand 5:58 The difference in sound 14:46 Humble beginnings 21:01 Gold Medal game 22:42 The first Canadian 40:42 Core skills 47:42 Ron's service to the NBA 52:00 Best advice 53:15 A family of officials 57:03 The impact of Crown Refs
October 05, 2019
#55 Live from: House of Sports Vol.2 ”Discussing signals, Verbal Judo and applying the Crown System”
In this episode of ”Live from the House of Sports” we deep dive into the art of Verbap Judo. I go into detail and give an example of how to apply this communication style into your game. We also discuss how to improve your ”push” and ”stay here” signals and even provide you with some pre and post game nutrition ideas. Thanks to Matt Deschaine. Outro music by Silky Prince. #servethegame crownrefs.com/shop
September 30, 2019
#54 Live from: House of Sports ”Eliminating excess, getting in reps and when players try to sell us”
The House of Sports, located in Ardsley, New York, is Westchester County’s premier basketball facility. There is a current crop of young and hungry officials that are striving to get to the next level. One way to accelerate your growth is to work a high frequency of games and talk about as many of those plays as you can, both during and after the game. This setting is a perfect platform to document those encounters. I'm going to be recording the conversations with my partners during time outs, halftime and pre and post game. This will give you that live feel and a chance to hear our instant reactions to recent plays in that game. Featuring Anthony Calise. TIMESTAMPS: 2:05 Block/charge no call. 3:17 Cheap and 1’s. 5:26 Walled up signal. 7:00 When players show courtesy. 8:10 Asking for help. 10:20 Illegal or Incidental? 12:00 Reducing excess signals. 14:30 When defenders try selling us. 19:00 Crown’s impact on the younger generation of refs. 23:00 Technical foul. 25:55 2 or 3? 27:39 Rule difference. Song by Rapsody ”You should know” off Laila’s Wisdom.
September 26, 2019
#53 Joey Crawford | 50 NBA Finals games (2nd half)
Here is the 2nd half of the Joey Crawford interview. (Track listing) :15 Ego is insecurity: 53 Get to the next 24. 2:00 Clock Awareness. 5:15 Double Whistles. 9:15 Our Percentages. 13:00 Favorite players. 17:49 Player/Ref relations. 22:06 Most Memarable Moments. 25:00 Favorite Launch 🚀. 27:00 The Infamous Block. 31:00 Red Flag List.
September 12, 2019
#52 Joey Crawford | 39-year NBA official (1st half)
The legendary Joey Crawford stops by The Crown Refs podcast to discuss his incredible 39-year career and so much more. Track Listing: 2:15 Humble beginnings. 8:05 Beneficial growing pains. 11:31 When film came along. 14:05 The fiery Ref. 16:10 Poise. 18:20 Serve the Game. 20:36 20 straight Finals. 22:45 Golden Era. 26:25 Just get the plays right. 29:09 Impact. 33:32 Longevity. 35:56 Difference makers. 37:54 College or Pro. 42:00 Responses. 45:00 A.I. 47:11 Issues with the crew. Be sure to check out the Crown Refs team store. Go to www.crownrefs.com/shop
September 12, 2019
#51 Jeff Goodman | Basketball Insider
In this episode, we bring you a different perspective from basketball insider Jeff Goodman. Jeff, is a former ESPN commentator who currently works for the upstart sports news brand STADIUM. We talked about his belief that referees need to become more humanized in the media, his favorite coaches to cover, his thoughts on assigning, Charles Barkley and much more including several one-liners worth rewinding. 1:00 Who’s the most influential sports commentator? 4:15. What it took to move up in his field. 8:15 His trip to Lithuania with the Ball’s. 9:45 Why is there so much negative energy towards officials? 12:00 His thoughts on assigning. 14:15. Controversial calls. 15:45 Informing the media of rule changes. 16:45. NBA players act like children. 17:46 Coaches don’t ever... 19:30 People don’t treat refs with respect. 21:54 Coaches prefer communication over accuracy. 22:00. neattucks.com. 24:50 Refs are regular dudes. 35:04 Most interesting coach to cover?
August 30, 2019
#50 Bo Borowski | NCAA Final Four Official and the Creator of RefQuest
Bo Boroski recently officiated the 2019 NCAA final four. He’s worked a total of 12 NCAA tournaments and is also the creator of REFQUEST, a tremendous video sharing and collaborative platform for officials. Here is what we discussed. 1:43. What is like to work a final four. 6:40 James Breeding’s last second call. 7:30 Origin story. 9:00 Memorable March Moments. 11:52 Selling calls. 14:20 Inspirations. 19:18 How coordinators make roster decisions. 27:40 REFQUEST. 43:00 Positive community culture. 48:00 The idea. 52:00. How REFQUEST has impacted his ref career. 56:43. Clock management tips.
August 26, 2019
#49 Scott Foster | 25-year NBA Official
We are honored to bring to you 25-year NBA Official Scott Foster. Scott has worked 18 NBA finals games, 176 playoff games and 1,413 regular season games. He gave us a lot of great information that you can immediately apply to your games including Scott Fosters 9 ways to SELF-TALK and 6 tips to improve your SIGNALS. Definitely pay attention to this podcast. Go check out the videos we posted from this podcast on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn or Twitter. (Track listing) 1:25 His journey from youth ref to the NBA. 8:21 The CBA days. 9:30 The transition from college to pro. 12:17 Mentors. 15:40 How to improve your signals. 20:00 When do we call out of our primary? 23:20 How he handled the scrutiny on twitter. 26:20 How to manage player behavior. 27:35 How he developed empathy for the coaches by becoming one. 29:15 9 ways to self-talk. 31:00 Chasing the game. 31:51. Hardest plays to ref. 33:30 How to develop a patient whistle. 36:20 Red flags. 38:04 Core strengths. 40:40 Work/Life balance. 41:55 Goals. (Bonus tracks) 44:18. Give coaches and players some credit. 45:32 How to respond to NBA superstars who constantly complain throughout the game. 46:52 ”Vintage” by OZSOUNDBEATS
August 16, 2019
#48 REACTION VS. response | A Camp Recap with SADE ALLEN
Sade Allen, is a driven 3rd-year official from Canton, GA. She recently attended her first college tryout and reached out to me through voice message with a couple of questions: What to do when a partner calls in our area? How to show that you’re engaged? How do we show chemistry as a crew? What technique can I use to slow myself down on the basketball court? Also, we deep dive into the crucial difference in mind set...are you a REACTOR or a responder? Thank you to Paul Melnyk of OZSOUNDBEATS for the beautiful outro. #servethegame
July 26, 2019
#47 Jeffrey Rutledge presents | Officiating Born
Jeffrey Rutledge, is the creator of officiating born on YouTube. His channel features over 850 videos that has surpassed 1.4 million views, with 1,269 subscribers. We believe he has the largest database of basketball referee plays on the internet. His site is organized in categories ranging from block/charge plays to illegal screens and everything in between. He has created a amazing platform for officials to analyze more plays for educational purposes.
July 08, 2019
#46 ”Unsporting Stories Vol. 1 | You can't ref”
This wildly entertaining podcast is a true story about a situation from a recent youth game. In this game, the fans were yelling insulting remarks at the officials. Your about to hear how the situation was handled. This podcast was scored by Josh Mirsky from MirkMusic.
June 17, 2019
#45 ”Derrick Stafford | 30-year NBA Official”
We are very blessed to welcome in a 2018 NBA finals referee Derrick Stafford. Derrick worked in the NBA for 30 seasons entering in 1988 and retiring in 2018. His resume includes: 13 NBA finals games, 180 playoff games and 1,727 regular season games. He also spent 7 seven years as a college official. We spoke about a lot of great subject matter including how he managed the egos of the NBA superstar players, his most challenging call as an official and he also discussed how Magic and Bird changes the game for everyone. I think you as a driven and determined basketball official will find a lot of value in this audio. #servethegame
June 11, 2019
#44 ”How to deal with AAU parents” with Sutton Simon
We recently had to eject a fan during a 4th grade AAU game for coming on the court and screaming at the officials. This is the story of how we handled the situation through the site director. We also discuss the rare disconcertion call and talk about Sutton Simon's Official Playlist video.
June 04, 2019
#43 ”The Player Postgame” with Spencer Smith
The Player Postgame, is an exciting new podcast series where we will interview players after their games. The purpose of the interview is to provide education to the players and answer any questions, comments or concerns that they might have. Crown Refs is working diligently to help change the basketball culture and improve on the lack of sportsmanship towards officials. We will do this by educating the players, coaches and fans on the rules, how we interpret plays, effective ways to communicate and much more. We will accomplish this one individual at a time. Spencer Smith is a former Division 2 player at Post University and a serial men's league standout. He reflects on his performance from the game rule has a couple questions about rules.
May 29, 2019
#42 “2 Coaches and a REF: A Roundtable Discussion”
The Hoop Heads Podcast covers a wide range of basketball topics relevant to coaches, players, and parents. In this episode, the goal was to provide both perspectives on the best way to optimize the working relationship between a Coach and a Referee.
May 20, 2019
#41 ”The Ronnie Nunn interview: Part 2
Ronnie Nunn, was 14-year NBA official. He was also the former Director of Officials for the NBA and hosted ”Making the Call” on NBA TV. He stops by to share his knowledge of the craft, to talk about his nba career as an official and director, to discuss the Nunn better refs camp and much more.
May 15, 2019
#40 ”Ronnie Nunn: 19-year NBA officiating career and former NBA director of officials” part 1
Ronnie Nunn, was 14-year NBA official. He was also the former Director of Officials for the NBA and hosted ”Making the Call” on NBA TV. He stops by to share his knowledge of the craft, to talk about his nba career as an official and director, to discuss the Nunn better refs camp and much more.
May 15, 2019
#39 Al Battista | NBA officials scout discusses grassroots and what he's looking for in acandidate.
The CROWN REFS Podcast is honored to welcome NBA officials, eastern regional Scout, Al Battista. Al has one of the most intelligent referee minds in the world and is constantly sharing his knowledge with other officials. In this podcast, we discuss the grassroots program and what he's looking for in a candidate.
May 07, 2019
#38 “Implementing camp feedback and reducing bad habits because someone’s always watching”
It’s critical that we are implementing the feedback we get from camp and applying immediately into our games. We recommend working as many games as you can but be aware of reducing bad habits because someone is always watching. Mike Evans also joins the pod to discuss some plays. This podcast is sponsored by NEATTUCKS. Go to www.neattucks.com and enter CROWNREFS at checkout to receive 20% off your next order.
May 05, 2019
#37 ”Stopping the clock, 50/50 plays and embracing the mistakes ” featuring Emery John Frazier.
In this podcast, we discuss the importance of stopping the clock, the difficulty of 50/50 plays and embracing the mistakes. This is a conference call featuring 2nd-year official Emery John Frazier. Sponsored by Neat Tucks, for a 20% discount enter CROWNREFS at checkout .
April 30, 2019
#36 ”Morning Mixtape 4” A podcast scored by Josh Mirsky
In the 4th installment of the Morning Mixtape series, Coach D interviews Mr. Pink about his recent men's league championship game and the crew discuss some plays that occurred. All the music and sounds that appear on this podcast was produced by JOSH MIRSKY of the band MIRK. https://www.youtube.com/user/MIRKVIDEO www.mirkmusic.com
April 20, 2019
#35 ”Justin Bailey presents” REFSCORNER.COM
In this podcast we hear from the creator and owner of REFSCORNER, Justin Bailey about his career, his brand and his mission to make a difference. Enter CROWNREFS at checkout to receive 10% off your next order from REFSCORNER.COM. A portion of the proceeds to the Cancer research institute and the Lupus research alliance.
April 16, 2019
#34 ”Camp Season” part 3. 8 tips for camp.
Here are 8 tips for camp explained in this podcast: 1) Know when to be quiet. 2) Don’t worry. 3) Take advantage of moment. 4) Introduce yourself. 5) Have fun. 6) Don't try to be perfect. 7) Bring healthy food. 8)Find the film. Have a great camp season and be sure to let me know how you think you performed.
April 08, 2019
#33 ”Camp Season” Part 2
What is the biggest reason that stops prospects from getting hired? How many camps is recommended for a first year official? How do I find camps? Do I need to know college rules for the tryout? How do I find the balance between getting enough information from the clinician and not being clingy?
April 03, 2019
#32 ”Camp Season”
How does a HS ref prepare for a college camp? How do you deal with multiple clinicians telling you conflicting information? Should you be at a D1 tryout if your a D2 or D3 ref? How do you stand out without sticking out? Lanyard or not?
April 03, 2019
#31 “Morning Mixtape vol. 3”
The morning mixtape series is a mashup of the best clips recorded during the week from Coach D and Mr. Pink. Music is then added to heighten the mood and improve the overall audio experience. Enjoy!
March 28, 2019
#30 Game Notes: Matt Pink
In this game notes, we observe Matt Pink referee an 8th grade AAU game. Matt has come a long way in a short amount of time and continues to make positive strides as an official. I am looking forward to seeing his progression over time.
March 26, 2019
#29 ”Neat Tucks” with Mike Horrey
This CROWN REFS Podcast is sponsored by Neat Tucks, the best way to keep your shirt or uniform tucked. Special guest Mike Horrey tells us about his monumental meeting with Shark Tank star Daymond John, how he created the product and why you need to wear NEATTUCKS on the court.
March 21, 2019
#28 “Studio Sounds: The Game”
SERVING the Game. OBSERVE the game, its rules, it’s mechanics, it’s fundamentals, it’s history, it’s beauty, it’s ugliness, it’s purpose. It can one day lead you to observe all of the above within ourself. Know yourself in order to know the game. Discover the importance of empathy, humility, experience. As officials we are the stewards of integrity. It’s about the game, our partners, then ourselves. This game is choreographed by the basketball gods; know your role and play your position; allowing the players and coaches and fans to experience otherworldly competition. Be a disciple of the basketball gods and practice discipline. We must adopt a businesslike approach to helping the game mean something. Let’s be impeccable communicators, not only with players, coaches and peers, but with ourselves. Be your toughest, most honest critique during our deep assessment of self. Operate under the 5P’s: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance What we give to the game we will exponentially get back in return. This game was here long before us and will live on forever as long as we do our part to nurture it in this present moment. No play is more important than the play that’s happening now and no game is more important than the one we are now serving. When we serve the game the game becomes self-serving.
March 18, 2019
#27 ”Pink friday”
Mr. Pink returns to action to tell us about his 7-game Saturday. He is also discussing the fiery behavior of some none participants as well as how to improve your on the court etiquette.
March 13, 2019
#26 “Serve the Game”
CROWN REFS is excited to present to you the exclusive “Serve the Game” Fox40 custom whistle. I would be honored if you wore this whistle while will you work on your craft and serve the game. Available in CMG or Classic. If your interested, please reach out to me through social media and I will ship it to you for $10 plus free shipping. Thanks for supporting this movement!
March 10, 2019
#25 ”One on One: Brandon West”
Brandon West, a loyal Crown Refs supporter, is a first-year official from Worcester, MA. Recently, we connected on Instagram and he expressed his interest in coming to observe a game of mine. So in February 2019, Brandon drove 2 hours to Connecticut to watch the game and hang with the crew afterward. I'm excited to work with young officials who have a passion and desire to improve.
March 07, 2019
#24 ”Postgame Sessions” with Joe Flick and Dave Masino.
This postgame session features Joe Flick, Dave Masino and Brandon West, a first-year official who drove 2 hours to come observe the game. The topics include: missing travels, marginal contact and a difficult cheerleader. Enjoy the laughs.
March 04, 2019
#23 ”Postgame Sessions” with Ernest Hamilton and Mark Casamassa
This postgame session features Ernest Hamilton and Mark Casamassa. Ernest, is a Division 1 official from Baton Rogue, LA and Mark is someone who keeps improving every single time I see him work. The crew discuss an assistant coaches outburst, a restricted arc play and another solid one-liner for a coach.
February 28, 2019
#22 ”Game Notes: Anthony Calise”
For this podcast, we sit and observe Anthony Calise work a local high school playoff game. These clips you're about to hear are the audio notes from the game on February 15th, 2019. After each clip, I deep dive into more detail about the play and also suggest some mechanic tips to implement.
February 25, 2019
#21 “Pre-game quick hitter”
The Crown Refs pre-game card is located on our Instagram feed or available upon request in pdf form. We have two options: A NCAA specific pre-game or an all-inclusive option that can be applied across any level. Take it and make it your own. This pregame features Joe Flick and Dave Masino.
February 22, 2019
#20 “Postgame Sessions” with Mike Evans and Ray Downs.
In this postgame, the crew discuss some of the criteria we look for when issuing a double technical foul. We also spoke about a play you rarely see-basket interference on a free throw...and as always, more analysis on coach interactions.
February 19, 2019
#19 “The Crown Come Up”
In this podcast we break down and list all the different platforms that Crown Refs is currently on and where you can locate the information. Coach D and Mr. Pink speak about the mental approach to the game and always having a balanced perspective.
February 17, 2019
#18 ”Postgame Sessions” with Jimmy Nolan and Rob Bates.
This postgame features Jimmy Nolan and Rob Bates. These are 2 young and hungry officials that aspire become better and move up. The crew discuss 3 different potential F1/intentional foul situations in the game. A couple different interactions with the coach were also highlighted.
February 15, 2019
#17 ”Postgame Sessions” with Joe Flick and John Kelly
This postgame session features Joe Flick and John Kelly, two of Long Islands finest officials. The crew has an in depth postgame discussion about a technical foul to the coach, how they handled a dead ball contact technical foul and the concept of proximity not always being primary.
February 13, 2019
#16 “The Pregame” featuring Joe Flick and John Kelly
In this pregame meeting the crew discuss the personalities of each team and what to expect in the game. There is no situation that we can’t get through, as long as we do it together as a team.
February 11, 2019
#15 ”Playing Offense”
In this podcast, we recap a technical foul that was given to a Coach in a recent game. Also, we emphasize the concept of ”playing offense” when communicating with Coaches. That means to run the game. We control the terms of the dialogue. Do not let the Coach dictate your working relationship. That's our responsibility.
February 07, 2019
#14 ”Postgame Sessions” with Darren Moran and Dave Masino.
This Postgame Session features Darren Moran, a 12-year Division 1 official and Dave Masino, a guy on the verge of becoming Division 1 official. In the main discussion, the crew talks about a play where the assistant coach threw a marker on the court to stop the game clock. There were 7 seconds left in the game.
February 06, 2019
#13 ”Postgame Sessions” with Mike Evans and Jon Wong.
In this postgame, the crew discuss one of the most difficult rulings-Is the defender in the arc a Primary or Secondary defender? Also, they recap waiving off the potential game tying 3PT shot at the end of regulation. Finally, they discuss what to do when a Coach uses the F word during a conversation.
February 03, 2019
#12 “morning mixtape vol. 2”
In this morning mixtape the topics include: How to carefully phrase your words. A pass off the leg or a kicked ball? And Mr. Pink doing a record 14 games in one day. WOW! #Servethegame
February 01, 2019
#11 ”morning mixtape vol. 1”
During this morning mixtape the topics include: using your voice to avoid messy plays, how to handle unsporting behavior by the players and Coach D lists the ingredients for the Crown Refs SuperShake.
January 31, 2019
#10 ”The Crown Referee Rant”
This podcast is a collaboration between Crown Refs and Referee Rant. We sit down with Ralph the Ref and discuss the history of Crown Refs, The Basketball Shop and Ralph tells us what it's like being a 10-sport referee. This interview was recorded at Crown Basketball. The birthplace of Crown Refs.
January 29, 2019
#9 ”Body before ball or ball before body?”
In this podcast, Coach D breaks down the ball before body vs body before ball concept and gives a play calling tip on block shot plays.
January 25, 2019
#8 ”What it takes to be GREAT”
In this podcast, Coach D and Mr. Pink talk about what it takes to be a great official. They list some of the core skill sets that a required to separate yourself from the pack and Coach D tells his film story on how he pays friends to come film his games.
January 20, 2019
#7 CROWN Presents...
In this podcast Coach D presents Crown Refs content to Iaabo board 52. The purpose of the presentation was to inform and educate the board members on where to find the content and how it can help them improve as an official. Your feedback is always welcomed.
January 14, 2019
#6 Welcome to ResponseVille
In this podcast Mr. Pink and Coach D deep dive into one of the most challenging parts of officiating-The Coaches. The boys list and discuss some effective responses that you can you use in your games when communicating with the coaches. If you pick up only 1 thing than you’ve already won.
January 12, 2019
#5-“In love with the game”
In this podcast, Mr. Pink drops another Pinkism, the boys talk about the Crown Refs Spotlight and discuss a rule difference between HS and college. They finish the episode with a case book discussion. Enjoy on the way to your games or wherever you listen.
January 04, 2019
#4 “Santa Clause is coming to CROWN”
With the magical feeling of the holiday season in full effect, Coach D and Mr. Pink discuss how to add more patience to your game and the the idea of not reacting but always having a response. The Crown Refs Spotlight is a monthly segment that features some of the extremely talented officials from the Crown family. January’s edition will debut on New Year’s Day 2019...
December 21, 2018
#3 “Blow the whistle”
In maybe the strongest podcast yet, Coach D and Mr. Pink discuss the concept of pain tolerance and how we as officials blow the whistle too much each game. Also, they describe the what the term “foul threshold” means on a scale of 1-10 and speak on the act of “Selling Calls”. Remember, if you’re 1000% percent when you blow the whistle then there is nothing to SELL.
December 19, 2018