“Accuracy is not debatable.”
This book is a “call for commitment” by Officials to a proper performance while making consistent, accurate rulings.
My motivation for this book comes from the fact that I have an absolute genuine concern 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.
“Much of what I was taught” during the first half of my career had no rules support, was vague, came with poor advice, and were even philosophical. Those clinicians and trainers who trained me were terrific individuals with a noble effort to teach me the “right way.” However, there sure seemed to be many “right ways.” Their training was also filled with too much about the “tricks of the trade” and not enough about “the trade.” I was never instructed to trust the rules.
Over the last four decades, we have become conditioned to accept less and less in the name of style, philosophy, and appearance. We must get all Officials committed to enforcing the rules, and they can’t do that if they don’t know them.
This book is “long overdue” because it is my attempt to let the basketball “world” hear the words of Peter Webb, my mentor and the most knowledgeable person on the planet on the topic of basketball officiating.
We know you’ll enjoy and benefit from reading this “officiating textbook.”