NBA Officiating News, Rulebook and Referee Operations

Feb 8, 2017 4:03 PM ET

Latest referee news & links:

Referee Assignments
 Daily Referee Game Assignments

 Referees in Replay Center for 2015-16 will help determine certain replay outcomes
• NBA to share 'last two minutes' officiating reports 

L2M Reports will be available: | Media Central

• 2016-17 NBA Guide 
• 2016-17 NBA Register
• 2016-17 NBA Case Book (PDF)

• NBA Replay Center Overview: 2015-16 
• 2015-16 Rule Book (PDF) 
• 2015-16 NBA Case Book (PDF) 
• 2015-16 Officials Media Guide (PDF)

Rule Changes
History of all rule changes thru 2016-17 (PDF)

• NBA anti-flopping rules (PDF) 
• Official Referee Hand Signals Illustrated 
• Video NBA Video Rulebook website 

2015-16 Points of Emphasis
• POE Memo Index 
• 2015-16-Points of Emphasis (PDF) 
• Memo #1: Respect for the Game (PDF) 
• Memo #2: 2015-16-Referee Operations: Screens (PDF) 
• Memo #2: NBA Explanatory Criteria for Screens (PDF)

2014-15 Points Of Emphasis
• Illegal screens (PDF) 
• Continuation on plays to the basket and jumping into a defender (PDF) 
• Respect for the game and referee interaction initiatives (PDF) 
• Instant replay triggers and reviewable matters (PDF) 
• Defenders fighting over screens and dangerous plays (PDF) 
• Clear path to the basket fouls (PDF) 
• Defensive goaltending and offensive basket interference (PDF) 
• Performance update and travel calls (PDF)
• What does it take to be an NBA Referee? 
Click here to learn more about becoming a basketball referee in the NBA D-League or NBA.

NBA Misunderstood Rules
• Foul in the act of shooting (PDF) 
• Defensive three seconds (PDF) 
• Goaltending and basket interference (PDF) 
• Delay of game (PDF) 

• Degree of contact (PDF) 
• Clear path to the basket (PDF) 
• Foul in the act of shooting (PDF) 
• Hand checking and automatic fouls (PDF) 

Fouls Part 2: 
• Illegal screens (PDF) 
• Block / Charge (PDF) 
• Flagrant fouls (PDF) 
• Away-from-the-play (PDF) 

Fouls Part 3: 
• Block / Charge (PDF) 
• Illegal screens / picks (PDF) 
• Flagrant fouls (PDF) 

Fouls Part 4: 
• Contact with the arm / hand of a shooter (PDF) 

Referee Operations Executive Bios
Mike Bantom | Don Vaden | Joe Borgia | Steven M. Angel

NBA Key Dates
• National Basketball Association Key Dates

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