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  • 1/25/2019

    Arguably, one of the most misunderstood high school basketball rules is the backcourt violation. One of the difficulties is there are a multitude of different backcourt violation scenarios. Another issue, while not rare, we don’t see backcourt violations as often as we do many other types of violations. The following are a few plays that were picked off You Tube. Just copy and paste the link into your browser. This was one of the best explanations of the new backcourt rule exception implemented this year. Great example of a violation with the offensive player touching the ball in frontcourt and then in backcourt. No violation. The player who batted the ball did not establish player control. All three points must be across the line. Both feet and the ball. No violation. No violation. Frontcourt status was never established.

    For some scintillating reading head over to the violations section of your rule and case books.

    Recruitment and retention

    No, the topic has nothing to do with the rules, but a few thoughts for your consideration.

    We work like crazy to get new officials in the door, but too often we let them get away in the first three years. Some statistics show as much as a 70% attrition rate in the first three years. Most associations have a mentor program which is great, but inexperienced officials need more.  It is incredibly beneficial for varsity officials to watch some of the sub-varsity game and give feedback, encouragement, and answer questions.  Sub-varsity officials: Listen! Do what is asked and no “yeah buts”.

    Steve Bulen


  • 12/7/2018

    Playoff and Final Site Allocations are now posted at /Groups/105990/Library/files/Basketball Officials Post-Season.pdf

  • 12/7/2018

    The OSAA, like most state associations, follow all the NFHS basketball rules as written. We do however have some mechanics that are unique to Oregon. The following is a list of those mechanics that we use in Oregon that you won’t find in the officials’ manual.


    • When using three person mechanics there are no switches on fouls when going from back court to front court on a non shooting foul. The NFHS mechanic was confusing and at times awkward.
    • When a ball goes out of bounds blow your whistle and point (palm open) the direction of the ball. It is not necessary to first stop the clock. Some folks still stop the clock and there is nothing wrong with that.
    • Team and player control fouls are called with a fist punch. Again, it isn’t necessary to stop the clock. Do your best to follow the mechanic, but if you stop the clock out of habit you won’t be admonished for it.
    • When using two person mechanics it is permissible to bounce the ball across the key to the in bounder in back court. We do not use this mechanic when working three person mechanics. It is certainly not mandatory and local associations can make their own decisions whether to use it or not. If you don’t like the mechanic don’t use it.


    Whether you like or dislike the mechanics as outlined it is what we have right now. If you have strong feelings one way or another speak with your basketball committee representative. The basketball committee is the first step in making any changes.



    Steve Bulen


  • 11/7/2018

    One of the NFHS points of emphasis this year is traveling. Many officials call traveling when a move “looks funny”. Because a move or play looks funny it doesn’t necessarily mean it should be called a travel. Traveling is outlined by rule 4-44 in the rule book. Not only is it important to read the definition of traveling, but itMore...

  • 8/2/2018

    The annual Basketball Rules Clinic for commissioners will be conducted on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9am in the OSAA Board Room at the OSAA Office in Wilsonville.

    Please note that a representative of your local association is required to attend the meeting in order for your officials to be eligible for State Championship assignments.

    Contact Kyle Stanfield at or Meridith Pyle at for more information.

  • 8/1/2018

    Each basketball official who registers through Arbiter will receive a packet with the following contents:


    Item Price
    NFHS Rules Book, Case Book $14.00
    NFHS Insurance $17.00
    OAOA Dues $20.00
    Criminal History Check $6.50
    OSAA Certification Patch $1.50
    Sport Specific Pre-Season Guide $2.00
    Leadership Officiating Guide $2.00
    Shipping/Handling Fee (all packets are mailed) $5.00
    TOTAL $68.00
  • 7/30/2018

    Steps to complete the concussion course:

    1. Click the right-most tab titled ELIGIBILITY in the black navigation bar near the top of the page.
    2. This brings up your Eligibility Center; under the Started section, click an eligibility to expand its listing.
    3. A list will appear showing the requirements for the selected eligibility; next to the "Understanding Concussions - What Officials Need to Know" item, click the View Clinic link.
    4. A pop-up dialog will appear; click the OK button to proceed.
    5. The training course will load in another window on a platform hosted by BrainShark. The course takes about 10 minutes to complete.
    6. Within BrainShark, the icon displayed in the upper-right indicates your completion status. This icon will appear red to let you know that you still have more course slides to complete. After you have completed the course, ensure that this icon appears green - noting that you have met all of the completion criteria.
    7. You will receive an email from confirming you’ve completed the OSAA concussion course with a PDF certificate attachment.
  • 7/29/2018

    Understanding Eligibility Levels

    A new function in Arbiter allows the OSAA to set levels of certification and require officials to complete specific tasks in order to attain the varying levels of certification.  This video explains how the new system works.


    Checking your Eligibility Level

    A screen capture showing officials every step needed to check their eligibility status


    Checking your OCEP Certification

    A screen capture showing officials every step needed to check their OCEP status


  • 10/24/2017

    When using three-person mechanics, officials will not switch on non-shooting fouls called in the backcourt. The calling official will move to the reporting area, report the foul and move back to his/her original position.

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