The book is a “call for commitment” by Officials to a Proper Performance while making consistent, accurate rulings. However, choosing a title that stated such seemed to take me about as long as writing it. I wanted a title that would instantly cause Basketball Officials to pick it up, thumb through it, and be so curious that they would not be able to put it down. I guess that’s the goal of all writers of books. My motivation for this book comes from the fact that I have absolute genuine concerns about The Game, and I have for a long time. My concern comes from my belief that officiating basketball is not as difficult as so many among us make it out to be.
Introduction: Why This Book?
Introduction: One More Thing
NFHS Mission Statement, Coaches’ Code of Conduct, Officials’ Code of Conduct
Chapter 1: Accept Your New Identity
Chapter 2: Guardians of the Game
Chapter 3: The Game is its Rules!
Chapter 4: Four Training Topics To Learn First
Chapter 5: The Role of High School Basketball Officials
Chapter 6: The Real Big League
Chapter 7: Attention State Associations/Leaders of Officials
Chapter 8: NFHS Officials’ Quarterly 2001 Article
Chapter 9: NFHS Officials’ Quarterly, 2004 Article
Chapter 10: Officials Are Not Game Managers!
Chapter 11: Substitutes for Rules Enforcement
Chapter 12: Signals Are the Language of The Game
Chapter 13: Philosophers In The Gym
Chapter 14: “No Calls” Are a Myth
Chapter 15: Basketball Officials Can’t Have Their Own “Strike Zone”
Chapter 16: Contact Is Also Rules-Based
Chapter 17: Stop Talking and Officiate
Chapter 18: "Enough with the Selling Already!"
Chapter 19: Always Consider Both Teams
Chapter 20: Every Game Has an Ending
Chapter 21: “Ticky-Tack” Fouls
Chapter 22: Don’t Forget to Learn the Last Rule
Chapter 23: Natural-Born Basketball Official
Chapter 24: The Rules of the Road
Chapter 25: For Better or Worse
Chapter 26: A Thorough Pregame Conference
Chapter 27: The Complete Package
Chapter 28: My Trip to Maine
Chapter 29: International Association of Approved Basketball Officials
Chapter 30: Five-Star Basketball Referee Development Program
Chapter 31: The Take away
Chapter 32: Final Commentary
Poem: Did I Help or Hurt Today, Lord
Study Guide: Beginnings and Endings