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Forcus: Jump Ball — Part I
One bad toss can ruin your whole night
By Ray Cox
June 28th, 2013

A bad toss can make for a very long game. But even the cloudiest game can have a silver lining – if you learn from it.

In Part I, Ray Cox tells a woeful tale of a jump ball gone awry and the lessons he learned from it.

Several parts later, you'll know all there is to know about the toss. And to think: Back when the game started, they tossed the ball at center court after every basket.

Don't Give in to a Player's Frustration
By Jim Dixon
June 27th, 2013

Sometimes — no, always — we can learn from the adverse things that happen to us. How about dealing with player frustration? We're in the midst of the first round of the NBA play-offs. I want to go back to Game 4 of the Bucks vs. Sixers 2001 play-off series, when Glenn Robinson got himself tossed and had a few choice words about the combined officiating during the series. Let's see about this: "Can't figure out why he isn't getting any calls." Hm-m-m-m.
If You Can't Stand the Heat...
Working in the summer
By Juulie Downs
June 26th, 2013

Sweating, fatigue, and light-headedness are ways the body copes with high temperatures. Unfortunately, those symptoms can ruin an otherwise good job at a summer basketball game. Here's how to cope with warm, stuffy gyms this summer.

Now, I know it's not summer here in the Northwest. But my editor tells me it's already hit 100 down where he lives. It's not too soon, then, to think about the dog days coming up.

Wrong Team Throws in the Ball
Oops!
By Jim Dixon
June 25th, 2013

No. It won't happen to you this year, right? If an official makes the ball live in the hands of the wrong team for a throw-in:

  • Can it be corrected?
  • And if so, when?
  • Are NCAA rules the same?

Click the title to read the answer to each bullet.

Getting Ready for Another Off-Season Game
By Jim Dixon
June 24th, 2013

Jim writes: "Would you want me as your partner? You may get someone very similar. He or she may worry about things that have the potential for getting a crew into trouble. Yet, if they are like me, they may have some tendencies that can only be moderated if you really get ready for the game as you are supposed to."

Jim Dixon uses two examples to illustrate the point. He discusses "Taking the call or giving it up" and "Calling out of one's primary area." Understanding those two issues will get you closer to that "perfect" game we all are striving for.

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