Aug. 3, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference and its men's basketball officiating staff recently partnered with the Big West and Pac-10 conferences on a three-day joint summer officiating training session aimed at improving the overall consistency and quality of officials.
"This year was especially significant because in addition to the WCC and the Pac-10 we were also able to incorporate the officials from the Big West Conference," West Coast Conference Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating David Libbey said. "Bill McCabe (Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officials for the Big West and Pac-10) and myself feel it is very important that the officials that work across these conferences have similar training and mechanics."
The clinic, which was held July 23-25 in Pleasanton, Calif., featured 32-year veteran NBA official Ed Rush, who is currently the recruiting and development specialist for the NBA, WNBA and NBA D-League. Seventy officials attended the event, including a number of officials who work assignments for all three conferences.
"Every year I see more prepared officials and increased growth and buy in from the staff that is necessary to improve," Rush said. "A lot of this is motivated because the officials really want to get better."
The sessions covered topics such as mechanics, rules testing and play calling designed to improve accuracy in officiating. Attendees received instruction in response and communication skills based on a wide variety of scenarios that involved video replay and various hypothetical examples.
John Adams, the NCAA National Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating, lauded the training session as an evaluation measuring stick for the rest of the country."Because of the training methods used by this officiating group, officiating is likely to improve at a quicker pace on the west coast than in any other part of the country," Adams said.
About the West Coast Conference
The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 13 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's crew, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership - only two conferences have been together longer - and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.