intent of the program is to bridge the gap of growing as an official and to
help clarify unusual situations that might be experienced in game
important for selected officials to be actively involved in the evaluation,
training and overall improvement of the officials under your guidance. Your
dedication in this “giving back “approach will ensure that will ensure
Tacoma Basketball Board has a strong future and very successful officials.
some basic guidelines:
All mentors will have at least 2 officials on the JV list assigned to
You are required to touch bases at least twice during the regular season
with your assignee(s) either by telephone, email or texting or any other
computer mechanism available.
You are their first person in the chain to contact ask about unusual
If there is an official that requests you personally as their mentor
that is acceptable.
Mentor and JV official should also:
Determine two (2) specific
areas to improve on and then follow up later in the season to determine
Allow the uncertified
official to work at least one game together at some point during the
The mentor should observe
at least one game to offer feedback. Sometimes it is not convenient for
the senior official to observe the game physically and this feedback can
come from another senior official that was present for that particular
Attend a game together to
talk about unusual situations and officiating techniques.
Identify in writing the
officiating strengths of the JV official. This can be done by using the
TBB evaluation form.
Utilize video whenever
appropriate to show examples of proper mechanics and floor coverage.
At the end of the season,
the JV official and the Mentor should develop a written PIP (Personal
Improvement Plan) and submit it to The TBB. This PIP will provide a
basis of improvement in the off season for the JV official.
The following items should underline the
entire interaction between the mentor and the JV official.
1. The mentor should be asked either verbally or electronically to accept
this responsibility rather than just be appointed. This responsibility must
be something the mentor wants to do and will be committed to.
While mentoring, the
mentor should observe the appropriate teaching/learning techniques and
officiating leadership behaviors:
Be the appropriate role
model and maintain the “keeper of the game” image.
Set the appropriate tone
and example in both word and deed and be a worthy officiating example.
Provide feedback as soon
as possible, not just at the end of the season.
supportive, and facilitating.
Set realistic goals, with
timelines, and level of performance desired.
Set high personal
standards of excellence, ethics, and sportsmanship in a manner becoming
a professional person.
Encourage the observance
of both the spirit and letter of the rules and ethical conduct on all
occasions to establish character development expectations.
Be committed to improving
the sportsmanship and behavior of all participants to enhance the
athletic and educational experience.
Guidelines for Mentors to use for Evaluation and Improvement:
Uniform and personal appearance
Floor mechanics and proper positioning
Jump ball toss to begin game
Rule Knowledge (according to NFHS standards)
Rule application (according to NFHS standards)
Emphasizing and improving cohesiveness
Maintain control of the game
Pre-game conference with coaches and captains
Interactions with coaches
Handling of unsporting conduct, ejection, and technical foul situations
Continually helping with growth and knowledge of the game.
These are basic areas for all mentors to have and use as a guide. The intent
is to have a more qualified pool of officials and to become a stronger
board. With your help and support we can achieve this undertaking. Thank you
for your support.