Basketball Weekly 'Blast' for January 11


Please ensure your membership receives the information in these “Weekly Blasts” throughout the season in an effort to consistently address the issues observed during GHSA games.

  1. OFFICIAL SCORER – The host school must provide an official score for each game, and that individual is required to WEAR a black/white stripped official’s shirt.  If the host school does not have one, they should request one from the local association covering their regular season games. Go to the host school Game Manager and notify him/her that failure to comply will result in starting the game with a technical foul charged to the host school.  Repeat offenses of this rule will result in extended penalties to the guilty school for non-compliance of an NFHS/GHSA playing rule.
  2. COVID-19 RULES MODIFICATIONS FOR GAME OFFICIALS – Game officials MUST comply with the following:
  1. Game officials shall wear a face covering or a whistle covering during the games.
  2. Game officials shall wear a face covering when addressing a coach, player, or table personnel. If using only a whistle covering officials shall not stand closer than 6-feet when addressing anyone during the game.

NOTE: We are still receiving reports of non-compliance by contest officials. Subsequent reports of violations will results in fines to the local associations. This is what it should look like:


                         FACE COVERINGS                                                                 WHISTLE CAP

  1. The first order of business is to meet with the host school Game Manager, and discuss all the COVID-19 Rules Modifications to ensure the safest possible event for all participants.
  2. Due to COVID-19 games are being rescheduled and sometimes cancelled.  It is critical that you communicate with the school and your partners prior to arrival at the site to ensure the game has not been changed.
  1. EJECTIONS – Per GHSA By-Law 2.72 (a) an ejection cannot be reviewed nor reversed once it has been assessed and submitted on a Game Report.  Make sure an ejection is warranted, but if it is take care of it. Game Reports for ejections are to be submitted in the MIS system no later than 24-hours of the incident, and other incidents are to be submitted no later than 72-hours of the incident.
  2. TEAMWORK – Officials should NEVER sell-out their crew members by making statements to coaches like; “I wouldn’t have made that call, or that shouldn’t have been a technical foul”.  If you don’t support each other, who will? Keep in mind a simple principle “Silence can’t be misquoted or repeated”.
  3. REGION TOURNAMENTS – Local associations are responsible for scheduling region tournament game assignments. Keep in mind that some flexibility in scheduling is necessary this year due to COVID-19. The 2-game minimum is being waived if the local association can competently handle the assignments.  Please work with your regions to work out the scheduling of region tournament games.

Thank you for all you do for the GHSA and our member schools, but we must adhere to the COVID-19 modifications this season if we want to do all we can to ensure we complete the season.

Be safe out there.

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