It’s official: Three referees for hoops
BY JOBY FAWCETT
The Lackawanna Interscholastic Athletic Association voted to move that three officials will be mandatory at all high school boys and girls basketball games beginning with the 2013-14 season.
Agreed upon by a 14-10 vote, the ruling will be in place for two years and will include exhibition games. The vote came in response to issues this season brought to the attention of the governing body that included concerns by coaches, athletic directors, administrators and officials over increased physical play.
In years past, two-person officiating crews were used in many games.
“We sat down as a body and we had a really positive dialogue,” LIAA President Jim Tallarico said. “We met the local chapter of officials and as a body have to look at ways to help them and come up with ways for the entire process to be better.
“It will be a work in progress.”
There will be an assigner of officials for all games and a meeting will be set up by the local chapter of officials as three-person crews will immediately begin training on the procedures.
The LIAA also agreed on a budget for someone to be appointed who will help with observation and evaluation of game officials. He is scheduled to be on site for 40 games.
Last season, there were instances of rough play brought to the attention of the LIAA, Tallarico said.
“I think by agreeing to this change that we can begin to move forward in achieving consistency,” Tallarico said. “That was the biggest concern of coaches, athletic directors, administrators and officials.
“I really think this is a positive step in the right direction as we begin to move forward.”