The Pedowtiz report relating to officiating in the NBA has been released in the wake of recent officiating issues in the NBA. Although it deals specifically with issues of misconduct regarding officiating and betting on games, there are some aspects of it that could prove quite useful for basketball leagues and officials in general, and possibly also for us in South Africa.
The section “NBA Officiating Program”, starting on page 41, gives a bit of insight into a professional programme.
The sixteen refereeing performance standards (included in the report on page 45) aimed at accuracy and consistency are also briefly described, and shown in the diagram below.
It’s fairly obvious that game officials carry a high level of responsibility, and as any coach would attest, the quality of the officials can drastically impact a game’s outcome. Therefore it is critically important for SA basketball that we develop quality officials along with quality players.
For those interested in the NBA investigation, here is the NBA’s media release following publicaion of the report.