NCAA's Top Ref Has Seen Enough

January 29, 2015
John Adams, the NCAA's National Officiating Coordinator recently sent out a memo to Division I basketball referees imploring them to enforce sportsmanship rules. After attending a number of games in person and watching many others on television, Adams grew frustrated at seeing game officials fail to penalize players and coaches for what he saw as blatant violations of Rule 10, Section 5 of the NCAA college basketball rulebook.

"...I have watched quite a few games in person and on TV, and I have had numerous discussions with the Regional Advisors, and the common theme in too many of the games we have observed is 'officials are reluctant to enforce Rule 10, Section 5," Adams wrote. "This section deals with Unsporting Technical Infractions committed by players, substitutes, and bench personnel, including head coaches.

"The section is well written, not ambiguous and clearly outlines what is unacceptable behavior," he added. "Section 5 clearly and unambiguously spells out the prescribed penalty(s) for violating this rule.

"In games I have attended, I have noticed minor unsporting indiscretions between opposing players, go unnoticed by officiating crews and invariably, these unnoticed acts later turn into much bigger problems," continued Adams. "Pay attention to the interactions of opposing players. Use preventative officiating to head off bigger problems BUT also have very low tolerance for players who violate Article 1, especially when it comes to taunting, baiting, using profanity or threatening gestures towards opponents. You should have a very low tolerance for players who use profanity towards officials or who "wave you off" after a call etc.

"These types of actions call for Technical fouls. Call them! Your coordinators and commissioners will support you."

You can read Adams complete memo, here.

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