Official's Manual Questions from 1992 to 2007

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1. The official should carry a spare whistle for emergency use.
1. True - 23g - 1995

2. When the lead official closes down toward the free-throw lane line, the center official should rotate to the trail position.
2. False - 31 - 2003

3. The lead official always administers throw-ins on the sideline if the designated spot is below the free throw line extended.
3. False - 49 & 50 - 2002

4. Before each extra period, the referee should instruct the timers, scorers, and captains' as to the correct overtime procedures.
4. True - 112 - 1995

5. If conditions warrant a conference, both coaches should be involved in the discussion.
5. True - 113 - 1995

6. Before putting the ball in play, the official with the ball should glance at the table to see if substitute has reported and is ready to enter
6. True - 116 - 1995,2006

7. On a throw-in following any timeout, intermission, or an unusual delay, the administering official shall sound the whistle to indicate play is about to begin.
7. True - 275 last sent - 2002,3

8. In certain situations, the lead official may administer throw-ins on the sideline.
8. False - 308 - 2006

9. A switch refers to a live-ball situation whereby the location of the ball keys a change in coverage for the officials.
9. False - 314b - 2006

10. During normal play, the trail official's position should normally be at the midpoint between the top of the key and the division line.
10. False - 314e - 2006

11. Location of the ball determines which side of the court is considered ball side.
11. True - 314g last sentence - 1995,2002

12. Strong side is determined by location of lead official.
12. True - 314H - 2002

13. Strong side is determined by the location of the ball.
13. False - 314h - 1995

14. Opposite-side refers to the side of the court opposite the scorer's and timer's table.
14. True - 314k - 1995

15. During a jump ball situation, U2 is responsible for signaling the clock to start when the ball is tapped.
15. False - 323 - 2003

16. On a jumpball, the U2 is responsible for the starting the clock.
16. False - 323 - 2002

17. On a jump ball, the U2 is responsible for the eight non-jumpers.
17. True - 323 - 1995

18. U2 has the primary responsibility for calling back a poor toss and signaling the clock to start when the ball is legally touched.
18. False - 323 - 2006

19. The administering official will sound the whistle to indicate play will resume after a timeout
19. True - 330 - 2002

20. On sideline throw-ins, it is recommended that the official bounce the ball to the player.
20. True - 333 - 2006

21. Player control fouls do not require the stop the clock signal; give the player control foul immediately.
21. False - 340a & c - 1995

22. The official shall hand or bounce the ball to the thrower for a throw-in in all situations.
22. False - 333 & 220 - 2005

23. After blowing the whistle to indicate a foul, the calling official should move near the fouling player, inform the player that he/she has fouled by stating the shirt color and number, and indicate the nature of the foul.
23. True - 340 - 2006

24. The official reporting a foul to the table will come to a complete stop before communicating
24. True - 341a - 1995

25. While a foul is reported, the free officials are responsible for retrieving the ball for the subsequent throw or free throws.
25. False - 342e - 1995

26. If the foul calling official is in a position opposite the scorer's table, and there is a free throw, there will be no switch.
26. False - 343 note - 1995

27. On all fouls, the calling official reports the foul to the scorers table and moves opposite the table, for a throw-in, or in position for a free throw.
27. False - 343a - 1995

28. On all fouls the calling official reports the foul and moves to the center position.
28. False - 343a - 1995

29. In general, the official who calls a foul remains table side.
29. True - 344 - 2006

30. After calling a technical or intentional foul, the calling official should administer the free throw.
30. False - 346a - 2006

31. It is no longer necessary to signal successful 2-point goal or free throws.
31. True -

32. The center official will administer the first throw by each thrower, if more than one thrower is involved.
32. False - 351 - 1995

33. Officials may relay time-outs.
33. False - 377 - 1995

34. Officials may not relay timeouts.
34. True - 377 - 2002

35. Time outs requested by the head coach should be reported to the table by forming the shape of a "C" with the hand.
35. True - 377 - 2006

36. During a 30-second time-out, the non-administering officials shall stand at the top of the arc.
36. True - 378 & Diagram 72 - 2006

37. The center official has primary responsibility for making the call on a last second shot.
37. False - 390 1st sentence - 1995,2006

38. The table-side (center or trail) official is primarily responsible for making the call on any last second shot unless given up by prior agreement.
38. False - 390 1st sentence - 1995

39. The lead official should not give the five-second closely guarded count.
39. False - diagram 30 - 2006

40. The areas of responsibility for a three-point try between the trail and center officials is equally divided.
40. False - diagram 30 - 2006

41. The center official has primary responsibility for officiating players in the post.
41. False - diagram 30 - 2006

42. There should never be two officials in the center position.
42. False - diagram 31 (see note & last sentence) - 1995

43. There should never be two officials in the trail position.
43. True - diagram 31 (see note & last sentence) - 1995

44. It is permissible to have two center officials for brief periods of time.
44. True - diagram 31 (see note & last sentence) - 2006

45. When the lead official closes down toward the free-throw lane line, the trail official should close down to the center position.
45. True - diagram 314f & 31 - 2003

46. After a jump ball is completed, the referee will always assume the center position.
46. False - diagram 44 - 2002

47. After a jump ball is completed, the referee will always assume the trail position.
47. True - diagram 44 & 45 - 1995,2006

48. A player control foul committed just inside the top of the free-throw semicircle in the frontcourt requires that the throw-in be administered at the endline.
48. True - diagram 46 - 2001

49. All throw-ins from the end line in a team's frontcourt, the administering official shall place thrower between himself and the nearest sideline.
49. False - diagram 47 & 48 1st sentence - 1995,2002

50. End line throw-ins in a team's backcourt, the administering official shall place himself between the thrower and the sideline he is responsible for.
50. True - diagram 47 & 48 1st sentence - 1995

51. The lead official never administers throw-in on the sideline.
51. True - diagram 47 thru 54 - 1995

52. In the backcourt, the trail official shall administer all throw-ins except those on the center official's side of the court.
52. False - diagram 49 & 50 - 1995

53. On all sideline throw-ins in the backcourt going to the frontcourt, the trail official shall be positioned between the thrower and the far endline.
53. False - diagram 50 - 2003

54. On all sideline throw-ins in the backcourt going to the frontcourt, the trail official shall be between the ball and the far endline.
54. False - diagram 50 1st sentence after diagram - 2003

55. On all sideline throw-ins in backcourt going to frontcourt, the trail official shall be between the ball and near endline.
55. True - diagram 50 1st sentence after diagram - 1995

56. Front court throw-ins from the endline require the lead official to be positioned between the thrower and the near sideline.
56. False - diagram 52 1st sentence - 1995

57. The position of the officials during a time-out is the same whether the time-out is a 60 or 30-second time-out.
57. False - diagram 72 (page 83) - 1995

58. A visible count is not used for all 3-second lane violations.
58. True - page 14 J timing counts # 1 - 2003

59. A visible count is used for 3 seconds in lane situations.
59. False - page 14 J timing counts # 1 - 2002

60. When a technical foul is also charged indirectly to the head coach, it counts only as one team foul.
60. True - Technical foul summary true - 2004

61. The calling official always remains table side after reporting the foul to the scorer's table.
61. False - Paragraph 3.4.2E5a & Diagram 3.34 - 2007

62. U2 has the primary responsibility for signaling the clock to start and calling back a poor toss.
62. False - Paragraph 3.2.1C2 & 3 - 2007

63. The Referee or designated tosser will always initially become the trail official following a jump ball.
63. True - Paragraph 3.2.1B7 - 2007

64. The trail official's area of primary coverage includes the free throw semi-circle.
64. True - Diagram 3.18 - 2007

65. When a player with the ball starts a drive to the basket from an official's primary area, that official has the player and the ball all the way to the basket.
65. True - Paragraph 3.3.2C1 - 2007

66. On a throw-in in the frontcourt, the trail official is responsible for the division line.
66. True - Paragraph 3.3.2D3 - 2007

67. The lead official always keys the rotation.
67. False - Paragraph 3.3.3A2 - 2007

68. For switching after a foul, the table side official replaces the calling official.
68. True - Paragraph 3.4.2E2b &3b - 2007

69. For both, the 60-second timeouts and intermission between quarters (not halftime), officials shall position themselves on the blocks facing the bench area.
69. True - Paragraph 3.4.3C2 & 3.4.4B- 2007

70. Both the center and the trail official should signal for a successful three-point goal.
70. True - Paragraph 3.3.4B5 - 2007

71. Each official's primary coverage area is determined by the location of the ball.
71. True - Paragraph 3.0.8 - 2007

72. The lead official should not rotate until all three officials are in the frontcourt.
72. True - Paragraph 3.3.5D4 - 2007

73. On a throw-in, the administering official should make eye contact with their partners before bouncing the ball to the thrower.
73. True - Paragraph 3.2.2A5 - 2007

74. The Lead official may be on either side of the thrower for an end line throw-in in the backcourt.
74. False - 2007

75. If a trap occurs nears the division line on the Center Official's side of the court, the Lead Official should initiate a rotation.
75. True - Paragraph 3.3.3A3 & 7 - 2007

76. During transition passing on a fast break, the Center Official should normally stay with the passer and the new Lead Official should take the ball.
76. True - Paragraph 3.3.5D3 - 2007

77. The only time a switch should not take place is when there is a foul in the backcourt going to the frontcourt with no free throws.
77. False - Paragraph 3.4.2E5 - 2007

78. The Lead Official calls a foul and is about ready to administer the throw-in when he is requested to come to the table to clarify the individual who fouled. The official may place the ball on the throw-in spot when reporting to the table.
78. False - Paragraph 3.4.3C3 - 2007

79. Generally, the official who has primary coverage at the time of the double whistle should take control of the call.
79. True - Paragraph 3.3.2A7 - 2007

80. U1 issues a warning to the Team B head coach for excessive complaining. U1 should inform the other two officials at the first opportunity that a warning was issued.
80. True - Paragraph 3.5.3B5 - 2007

81. The official who calls an intentional foul becomes the Trail Official for the free throws.
81. True - Paragraph 3.4.2 - 2007

82. All three officials have responsibility to ensure that players are aligned in their proper lane spaces during a free throw.
82. True - Paragraph 3.2.3E2 - 2007

83. When administering a throw-in on the end line and remaining in the front court, it is recommended that the official hand the ball to the player.
83. False - Paragraph 3.2.2A8 - 2007


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