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The Crown Refs Podcast

By Paul Diasparra

The CROWN REFS Podcast is the audio experience for basketball officials. It features Joey Crawford, Roger Ayers, Dee Kantner, Maia Chaka, Lisa Mattingly, Tyler Ford, Penny Davis, Reggie Greenwood, Mark Wunderlich, Diana Depaul, Scott Foster, Marc Davis, Al Battista, Crystal Hogan, Bo Boroski and many more. Hosted by Paul Diasparra. #Servethegame
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#137 Live From: LEEWOOD | Sideline Discussions

The Crown Refs PodcastFeb 21, 2021

#323 In the Paint Ep. 3 | Feat. John McNeal | Unbiased Zebras
May 22, 202349:50
#322 In the Paint Ep. 2 | feat. John McNeal | Unbiased Zebra
May 18, 202301:02:47
#321 In the Paint Ep.1 | feat. John McNeal | Unbiased Zebras

#321 In the Paint Ep.1 | feat. John McNeal | Unbiased Zebras

Welcome to our new series, "In the Paint", where emerging official John McNeal explores the inner workings of how Crown Refs was built. John is a 9-year official and former active duty Marine who is looking to take his knowledge further by learning how to create content. John is a multi-sport official and currently works at Mississippi State University where he has a unique opportunity to attack the officials shortage within the intramural sports world. John shares his worries about not having a presence and Paul works to dig deeper on how to be more confident & optimistic. We talk about growing a community and what it takes to start and maintain digital content in the ever-growing social media world. This series is a great mix of brand building and referee knowledge. Enjoy and remember to serve the game. ❤️𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗮𝗿⁣ (Enter CROWN15)
May 15, 202357:07
#320 The Porsha & Pauly Pod | feat. Porsha Waddey | Chapter 3

#320 The Porsha & Pauly Pod | feat. Porsha Waddey | Chapter 3

Welcome back to the 3rd chapter of the Porsha & Pauly Pod! In this episode, we emphasize the importance of continuous self-improvement and mentorship for success. We discuss the value of analyzing game footage for better decision-making, understanding the intricacies of the game, and growing confidence as a play-caller. ⁣ ⁣ Key takeaways include the significance of patience in all parts of the game, knowing when to let plays continue, and recognizing when to step in to ensure fairness and player safety. We think this episode is another must-listen for aspiring referees and basketball enthusiasts, as it sheds light on the vital role officials play in the game and the dedication required to excel in this profession. We hope you enjoy!⁣ ⁣ ❤️𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗮𝗿⁣ (Enter CROWN15)
May 12, 202334:60
#319 The Mindful Journey | with Adam James | Division 1 Men’s Official | Naples, FL

#319 The Mindful Journey | with Adam James | Division 1 Men’s Official | Naples, FL

May 08, 202301:02:13
#318 The Wonderful Women of Officiating | feat. Kristyne Esparza | G-League & NCAA-M Official

#318 The Wonderful Women of Officiating | feat. Kristyne Esparza | G-League & NCAA-M Official

In this episode, we delve into the fascinating world of basketball officiating with our esteemed guest, Kristyne Esparza, a trailblazing referee with over a decade of experience. We unpack the intricacies of this demanding role, discussing the importance of maintaining objectivity, cultivating resilience in high-pressure situations, and mastering the art of effective communication. Kristyne shares her journey from coaching and playing to becoming a respected official in the G League, while also shedding light on the critical role of mentorship and her experience with the NBA Grassroots program. We think you are sure to be inspired by Kristyne's dedication to her craft and her relentless pursuit of excellence.⁣

Our conversation also explores the broader impact of Kristyne's career, touching upon her role as a trailblazer in the male-dominated NCAA-Men’s sports. We discuss the challenges she has faced and the rewards of breaking barriers, as well as the responsibility she feels to pave the way for future generations. Additionally, Kristyne shares valuable insights and takeaways from her personal journey, emphasizing the significance of perseverance, embracing opportunities, and maintaining a growth mindset. Whether you're a basketball enthusiast, an aspiring official, or simply looking for inspiration, this episode promises to captivate and enlighten with its powerful blend of personal anecdotes and practical advice. We hope you enjoy!⁣

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣

𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣

𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗮𝗿⁣
May 01, 202301:00:32
#317 How do you Recruit | Officially Human's 4th Annual Officiating Symposium | Brenda Hilton

#317 How do you Recruit | Officially Human's 4th Annual Officiating Symposium | Brenda Hilton

In this special episode of the Crown Refs Podcast, we delve into the critical issue of raising the standard of officiating across various sports, while exploring groundbreaking strategies for recruiting, training, and retaining top-tier sports officials. We welcomed an esteemed panel of guests: Jordan Cohen from Protect the Game, Joan Powell from PAVO, Christopher Loving from Save Our Sports, Sarah Woods from Big Game Officials, and Brian Barlow from Offside.⁣

Throughout this engaging conversation, our panelists examine the main challenges confronting sports officials and share valuable insights from their diverse fields of expertise. They stress the significance of encouraging diversity within officiating ranks and showcase various initiatives focused on recruiting and retaining high-quality officials. We continue to underscore the importance of mentorship, continuous training, and community support in creating a positive environment for sports officials to thrive. From capitalizing on the unique skill set of military veterans to promoting inclusive officiating opportunities in underrepresented communities, the panelists impart essential takeaways for anyone involved in sports officiating. Don't miss out on this enlightening and inspiring discussion, aimed at elevating the officiating game and guaranteeing the long-term sustainability of the sports we cherish.⁣

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣

𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣

𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗮𝗿⁣
Apr 28, 202301:43:56
#316 The Crown Refs Spotlight | Janice Elgedawy | April 2023
Apr 13, 202305:47
#315 Rapid Responses 12 | Establishing Respect | w/Vinny Paolicelli
Apr 11, 202339:19
#314 Camp clips 13 | Why I joined Crown Refs

#314 Camp clips 13 | Why I joined Crown Refs

The 13th installment of our Camp Clips series, Crown Refs is always looking for more high character individuals like Brandon who love officiating and would appreciate being a part of a special community of referees. Our program was built to get stronger with each new member we add. Montrell talks about why he enjoys being a part of the Crown Refs Mentor Community and how the program has developed him as an official. Jake was an official that we worked with long before ⁣ ⁣ Crown Refs and we appreciate his continued support and engagement in our community. He continues to greatly devlop each year and we ar excited for his ascension up the industry ladder. Roger Ayers talks about what a dream come true it was to officiate the Final Four game between Duke & UNC. Then we are back to signal school for tips on adding an additional layer of information on new directional points. As well as covering the best way to change your partner out of bounds call and also the best way to ask for help on an out-of-bounds play. We've all experienced the feeling of moving too fast on the basketball court both mentally and physically. Rushing only leads to mistakes in all walks of life and that's why it's essential to try and master the skills of patience and poise. In such a wildly emotional game we have to be the emotionally mature ones who are capable of being the bigger person at ALL times. ⁣ ⁣ 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗮𝗿⁣
Apr 05, 202311:29
#313 Camp Clips 12 | Positive Self-Talk Only

#313 Camp Clips 12 | Positive Self-Talk Only

The 12th installment of our Camp Clips series, Paul describes what the origin of signal school and demonstrates all of the different signals in the workout. Paul provides a couple cues that will help add strength and polish such as - PUNCH THE SKY and Copy & Paste. How many of us have incorrectly called a 5-second violation because we succumbed to the pressure of everyone yelling for 5 seconds and anticipated the call? Practice your hand count with a visible timer to build that automatic muscle memory. One of the benefits of signal school is fine-tuning all of the things that you may not realize. We provide the 3-step technique when presenting the block signal and we discuss the subtle differences between on the spot vs at the table. Just like players who work on their left hand to expand their skill set, as officials we should have that same approach. I hope this conversation can help at least one person who's felt the same way that Taylor has and realize that our weaknesses have the opportunity to become our greatest strength. Remember to build yourself up with positive self-talk and eliminate the language that has insecurity in it. Thank you to tiktok for all your feedback as we appreciate you taking time out of your day to share your thoughts on our content and thanks to Montrell Cade for attending signal school and being kind enough to give his reaction about the routine. 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗮𝗿⁣
Apr 04, 202316:06
#312 Camp clips 11 | Chatting w/Darius Mcghee | Liberty U. Legend
Mar 30, 202312:27
#310 Talking with Taylor Vol. 2 | with Taylor Hamm
Mar 25, 202320:37
#309 The Happiness Project | with Mike Tucker
Mar 23, 202326:41
#308 Game Notes 039 | with Zach Villemaire | Maine/Arizona
Mar 22, 202301:16:31
#307 The Porsha and Pauly Pod |feat Porsha Waddey | Episode 2
Mar 21, 202342:54
#306 The Porsha & Pauly Pod | feat Porsha Waddey | Episode 1
Mar 19, 202343:02
#305 Finding your Groove | feat. Brian Wallace | Official since 2005 | Lynchburg, VA
Mar 17, 202357:51
#304 Rapid Responses 11 | The Whole Toolbox | Wisconsin Webinar

#304 Rapid Responses 11 | The Whole Toolbox | Wisconsin Webinar

In the 11th installment of Rapid Responses, we give you the whole toolbox of tips and best practices in this 2-hour webinar to help you become a high-level communicator with coaches. If you can start to implement and polish these tactics you will start to experience new powers on the court that you never had. The tools are all here...IT'S TIME TO GO EXECUTE.⁣

In this webinar, we deep dive into 20 mindset tips that each official needs to establish before entering the conversation. Some examples include changing up the subject matter, understanding how to re-apply the pressure, and utilizing the 3 voices. Then, we list 12 of the most common questions/comments that coaches say to officials and provide you with multiple options that will help you respond most effectively. We think this episode will be the one that leads you to your biggest breakthroughs in this department.⁣

Thank you to Brian Kenney and the Wisconsin River Officials Association for creating this webinar and to the 70 officials who attended. We hope you enjoy!
Feb 18, 202302:01:16
#303 RefMasters feat. James Williams & Kane Fitzgerald | NBA Finals Officials
Feb 03, 202301:20:45
#302 Best of 2022 Mix | 3 hours and 2 mins of our best content from the year
Jan 11, 202303:03:02
#301 Rapid Responses 10 | Your management and communication unlocks | A Patreon Original

#301 Rapid Responses 10 | Your management and communication unlocks | A Patreon Original

Welcome back to the 10th installment of Rapid Responses, our cutting edge series devoted to helping you become a tactical communicator under pressure. We teach you the skills to be able to respond professioinally to ANYTHING a coach will ever say to you. ⁣

In this episode, the main topicss include overcoming the fear in officiating and not being scared to firmly manage the coaches. We cover the concepts of offense vs defense, addressing proper communication guidelines over giving an explanation, and the power of changing the subject matter. ⁣

Not only is the podcast loaded with game-changing communication content we also included a written document titled "38 Power Principles to help you most effectivley manage the coach." The written content provides so many important macro themes to adapt and the podcast will give you the effective micro responses to immediately incorporate into your games.⁣

𝟯𝟰 𝙋𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵 ⁣⁣

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣

𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣

𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗮𝗿⁣
Dec 22, 202201:08:23
#300 Mastering the Crafts | feat. Gene Steratore | Super Bowl & NCAA tournament Referee | CBS Rules

#300 Mastering the Crafts | feat. Gene Steratore | Super Bowl & NCAA tournament Referee | CBS Rules

Welcome to the 300th episode of the Crown Refs Podcast. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support as it’s been a driving force behind us being able to hit this small milestone.⁣ ⁣ Gene Steratore is a flat-out officiating legend who’s worked in the Super Bowl, and the NCAA tournament, and is currently the CBS Rules Analyst for the NFL & College Basketball. For an official to have this type of seasoning is rare and we are super honored to have Gene share his knowledge and experience with the Crown Refs Community.⁣ ⁣ In this episode, we discuss the early tutelage Gene had growing up in a family of officials and how it impacted his long career both on and off the court/field. We went in-depth into communication and game management as Gene shared and simulated numerous ways to effectively respond to the coach. ⁣ ⁣ We also covered the superpowers of empathy, kindness, and integrity and why every official should exemplify those traits.  ⁣ ⁣ We hope you enjoy this episode and learn a ton.
Dec 06, 202201:57:45
#299 Live From the Locker Room | Vol. 5 | feat. Ajay Gonnelli & Bhavin Parekh
Dec 02, 202209:13
#298 Building with Brett | Brett Coleman | Official since 2015
Nov 30, 202201:01:49
#297 Game Notes 037 | Alexandre Tornay | Valias, Switzerland
Nov 28, 202201:11:20
#296 Game Notes 036 | Carmela Garcia | Watch full Video on Patreon
Nov 17, 202201:09:19
#295 Signal School 6 | CR Mentor | Watch the video on Patreon
Nov 16, 202201:27:27
#294 Camp Clips 10 | Variety is the Spice of Life
Nov 12, 202215:07
#293 Camp Clips 9 | B.T.T. | Born to Teach
Nov 10, 202210:21
#292 Camp Clips 8 | An All-Inclusive Community for Officials | Join our Patreon community

#292 Camp Clips 8 | An All-Inclusive Community for Officials | Join our Patreon community

Officiating is a sisterhood & brotherhood that helps you form life-long relationships and leads to high-levels of self development and growth as a human being. Will Fried gives us some of the biggest things he's gained from becoming an official and how it has positively changed his life. Crown Refs is an all-inclusive community that supports one another to the fullest. ⁣ ⁣ We are so proud of the camaraderie and positive culture that we have in the group and each member we add continues to embody those values. Thanks for being part of our family Will! If you disagree then you're deploying judgement towards a person's appearance rather than judgement towards their performance. It's wildly acceptable for players and coaches to have tattoos, so why can't officials??⁣ ⁣ 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗮𝗿⁣
Nov 06, 202206:40
#291 Camp Clips 7 | Don’t Let the Game throw you off | Join our Community
Nov 05, 202208:56
#290 Being the BIGGER person is always right | CR Mentor | Join our Patreon Community
Oct 30, 202201:03:55
#289 Game Notes 022 | Nick Burton | Official since 2011 | Kansas City, MO
Oct 24, 202241:34
#288 The Anatomy of a Technical Foul | Justin Wallace | 4-year Official | Mt. Vernon, NY
Oct 24, 202226:51
#287 10 Mins w/Gary Vee | Digital Discovery Deep Dive | The Sasha Group
Oct 24, 202210:30
#285 The User Manual on Great Partnering | Badger Student Officials Association | Join us on Patreon
Oct 19, 202254:42
#283 Game Notes w/Luke Wera | Vancouver, BC | Join out Patreon Community
Oct 12, 202256:12
#282 Game Notes w/Branden Gibson | 6-year Official | Beacon, NY

#282 Game Notes w/Branden Gibson | 6-year Official | Beacon, NY

𝗚𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝟬𝟮𝟬 | 𝗕𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗚𝗶𝗯𝘀𝗼𝗻⁣

Branden Gibson, Beacon, NY, is a former division 2 basketball player at Dominican College who’s been official since 2016 on IAABO’s board 114. He’s currently working at the varsity/Juco level and is looking to be in a regular rotation in the various d2/d3 conferences in the area.⁣

On this episode of Game Notes, Branden had numerous interactions with the coach of Team A so we were able to dissect each conversation and make some adjustments to his approach, which created many communication and game management learning points for our dedicated audience of officials.⁣

One of our main themes when providing an explanation to a coach needs to as follows...before we can talk about the play we need to first assure the coach is communicating respectfully. If not, that becomes way more important than our explanation of the play. That is the leverage that allows us to shift the conversation from play-calling to sportsmanship.⁣

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣

𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣

𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗮𝗿⁣⁣
Oct 08, 202253:45
#281 It starts with Culture | feat. Jarell Christian | Maine Celtics GM | Join our community
Oct 05, 202201:05:48
#280 NFHS Points of Emphasis | Pre Game Card | Join our community on Patreon
Sep 30, 202201:14:57
#279 A Better Official | with Greg Austin | Voice in the Game Podcast Ep. 1

#279 A Better Official | with Greg Austin | Voice in the Game Podcast Ep. 1

Greg is the founder of creator for the YouTube channel A Better Official which creates content to help basketball officials get better and take control of their officiating career.⁣

He produces such notable series as 5 Play Friday, Basketball Rules Expert, and 5 Minutes on Officiating.⁣

Greg has been officiating high school and Collegiate basketball for over a decade in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.⁣

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣⁣

𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲⁣⁣

𝗕𝘂𝘆 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺⁣⁣

Sep 27, 202255:34
#278 Pre-Gaming with Natasha Camy | CR Mentor | Full episode on Patreon
Sep 19, 202209:12
#277 Ref Tok Live | Episode 1 | Follow us on Tik Tok @crownrefs

#277 Ref Tok Live | Episode 1 | Follow us on Tik Tok @crownrefs

Are you following us on Tik Tok yet? Did you know every new video we produce gets posted to Tik Tok first before it hits any other social platform? If you’re a fan of our stuff and aren’t yet on Tik Tok, do yourself a favor and head on over there @crownrefs
Sep 12, 202240:41
#275 Camp Clips 6 | From Camper 2 Clinician
Sep 05, 202210:34
#274 Chopping it up with Corey Powell | 3-year official & NCAA Division 3 Player
Aug 29, 202217:46
#273 Powered by Positivity | Big Game Officials Camp

#273 Powered by Positivity | Big Game Officials Camp

This episode is all about mindset, perspective, and the importance of finding your true inner happiness. This was a recent presentation for Sara Woods and the great people from the Big Game Officials Camp in St. Louis. ⁣ ⁣ We covered 4 key traits that can lead to happiness on and off the court: Perspective, Positivity, Passion & Patience. ⁣ ⁣ •Having a healthy perspective that is grounded in gratitude will give you the emotional stability to purely appreciate every day as the blessing that it is. ⁣ ⁣ •Leading with Positivity and optimism as your centerpiece is a winning formula for success. Having an unwavering positive attitude is a superpower that can lead to so many other wonderful things in your life. ⁣ ⁣ •If you are passionate about something, that can be the fuel and the driving force that propels you to get to the next level. Passion produces effort. Consistent effort produces results. ⁣ ⁣ •Maybe the most important and difficult trait is patience. It’s no coincidence that learning patience takes a very long time. However, patience prevents pain, and frustration, and can lead to higher levels of peace and happiness. ⁣ ⁣ We know this episode will be an UNLOCK and will help at least 1 person. We hope this person is YOU!
Aug 22, 202218:04
#272 Crown Refs FIBA | Jośe Carrion | 3-time Olympic Official

#272 Crown Refs FIBA | Jośe Carrion | 3-time Olympic Official

Jośe Carrion is a Puerto Rican legend who's officiated in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional league for the past 32 years, including the 2022 Finals. During his amazing career as a referee, he's worked in 3 Olympic games including 2004, 2008, and 2012, and has also been an NCAA-M Division 1 official since 2002. All these accomplishments for a man who's never even played a sport but has been a lifelong learner & student of the game.⁣ ⁣ In this densely packed episode, Jośe shares his love for teaching and why every official can learn by instructing others. We also cover bouncing back from failures, most memorable moments from the Olympic games, and tools he's learned from other great officials. Other topics include the 4 principles of 3-person, last 2’ mentality, becoming a better listener, & following the hierchary of the game.⁣ ⁣ 𝙇𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡 𝙚𝙥𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙙𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙋𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙤𝙣⁣ 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
Aug 15, 202201:12:34
#271 Questions & Answers with Ashley Smith | and the CR Mentor Group

#271 Questions & Answers with Ashley Smith | and the CR Mentor Group

In this episode, we hammer home the proper way to respond when coaches criticize our partners calls, how to work with partner's who don't love it like us, and our thoughts on calling late fouls based on if the ball goes in or not. We also looked at a block/charge play and tried to decipher if the defender was bracing for impact and absorbing the contact or lost their LGP. ⁣

Here are some other takeaways from this episode:⁣

𝗝𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗚 says “𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵”⁣

𝗦𝗮𝗹 𝗦 says “𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘨𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰, 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦, 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦.”⁣

𝗝𝗲𝗻 𝗖 says “𝘎𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘪𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘢𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦, 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯”⁣
Aug 08, 202201:00:27
#270 Conversating with Coach Aldiero | NJ Skills Trainer & Coach

#270 Conversating with Coach Aldiero | NJ Skills Trainer & Coach

Nick Aldiero is a Professional Skills Coach based out of Brick Twp NJ. He is the owner of Nick Aldiero Basketball LLC which focuses on helping players improve their individual skills & confidence in a group setting. Coach Aldiero trains in different gyms along the Jersey Shore. He runs clinics, camps, 3 on 3 leagues & has a year round program as well for the dedicated player.⁣ ⁣ On this episode we talk about the advantages that former players have when they become an official, how coaches can loose credibility with officials, and the mindset we should have going into a "big game."  We also talk about the many benefits and transferrable skills that becoming an official brings and all of the life lessons you can learn from it.  We hope you enjoy!
Aug 01, 202201:02:04
#269 Camp Clips Ep. 5 | Evolving with Crown Refs

#269 Camp Clips Ep. 5 | Evolving with Crown Refs

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙥𝙞𝙘𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘾𝙖𝙢𝙥 𝘾𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙀𝙥𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙙𝙚 𝟱 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙙𝙚: ⁣

𝟷) 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘍𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘍𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬⁣
𝟸) 𝘛𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘺 𝘗𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘴 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘍𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬⁣
𝟹) 𝘑𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘞𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘍𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬⁣
𝟺) 𝘓𝘪𝘢𝘮 𝘏𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘯 𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘍𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬⁣
𝟻) 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘔𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘴⁣
𝟼) 𝘈 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺-𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦⁣

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Jul 28, 202210:59
#268 Camp Clips Ep. 4 | Crown Refs Camp Scholarship

#268 Camp Clips Ep. 4 | Crown Refs Camp Scholarship

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙥𝙞𝙘𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘾𝙖𝙢𝙥 𝘾𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙀𝙥𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙙𝙚 𝟰 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙙𝙚: ⁣

1) 𝘔𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘌𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 ⁣
𝟸) 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘴 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘵𝘰 𝘙𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘊𝘢𝘮𝘱 ⁣
𝟹) 𝘔𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘌𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘑𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘓𝘦𝘸𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝟺) 𝘏𝘦𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴 ⁣
𝟻) 𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵⁣
𝟼) 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘪𝘬 𝘛𝘰𝘬 𝘙𝘦𝘧⁣
𝟽) 𝘉𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺⁣
𝟾) 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘱 𝘏𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘦𝘴⁣
𝟿) 𝘕𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘶𝘯!⁣

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Jul 27, 202208:42
#267 Camp Clips Ep. 3 | Educating the Players
Jul 26, 202211:58
#266 Camp Clips Ep. 2 | Discovering Crown Refs

#266 Camp Clips Ep. 2 | Discovering Crown Refs

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙥𝙞𝙘𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘾𝙖𝙢𝙥 𝘾𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙀𝙥𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙙𝙚 𝟮 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙙𝙚: ⁣

1) 𝘍𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨⁣
𝟸) 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘦𝘵 𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴⁣
𝟹) 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘭⁣
𝟺) 𝘍𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴 ⁣
𝟻) 𝘋𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘴⁣
𝟼) 𝘙𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴⁣
𝟽) 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘴 𝘗𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘴⁣
𝟾) 𝘑𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘓𝘦𝘸𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘙𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘊𝘢𝘮𝘱 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘴 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳⁣

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Jul 24, 202207:43
#265 Camp Clips Ep. 1 | Roger Ayers Camp Speech
Jul 17, 202206:18
#264 Talking with Taylor | Taylor Hamm and the CR Mentor Community

#264 Talking with Taylor | Taylor Hamm and the CR Mentor Community

As we switch the format up, we got a chance to hear questions and topics curated by new CR member Taylor Ham. We spoke about having the adaptability to work any type of game but staying consistent with a universal approach no matter the level. Other topics include: End of quarter procedures, Throw-Ins, Responding to unsporting behavior from Coaches/players in atypical situations.⁣

Here are some of the episode takeaways from our teammates on the call:⁣

𝗟𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗮 says "A takeaway I had was to not be afraid as a young official to incorporate the proper mechanics, rotations, rules in an environment where my partners may be too comfortable or relaxed"⁣

𝗟𝘂𝗸𝗲 says "You are a product of your habits"⁣
Alan says "Don't deviate from proper mechanics and rule enforcement based on the level of play"⁣

𝗦𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗼 says "Understanding the many different situations and how to adjudicate each correctly"⁣

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗲 says “Knowing the mechanics to make a ruling on last second shots, Communicating with our partners with help information that we are 100% sure about”
Jul 14, 202259:28
#179 The Wonderful Women of Officiating | Ep. 6 | Dee Kantner

#179 The Wonderful Women of Officiating | Ep. 6 | Dee Kantner

Dee Kantner is one of the greatest basketball officials of all time on any level. Some of her amazing accomplishments include 25 NCAA Final Fours and 14 National title games.⁣

She just completed her 33rd season at the Division 1 level while showing no signs of slowing down by working the 2022 NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis, MN.⁣

To go along with her legendary college career, Dee and Violet Palmer also held the distinction of being the first female officials to work in a men’s professional sports league.⁣

Dee spent 5 years officiating in the NBA from 1997-2002 and also worked as the WNBA Supervisor of Officials. In 2002, she made her return to the NCAA Women’s game and hasn't looked back since. She's continued to #servethegame and pay it forward by sharing her knowledge and helping to develop and inspire a generation of basketball officials.⁣

In this episode, we discuss how to avoid bad partnering, not letting your ego get in the way, and Dee breaks down the O.I.L. strategy as an effective way to process situations more clearly.⁣

We also discuss several more topics like why coaches are not your friends, how to recover from disappointment, things to stop saying about coaches, and the correlation between over-selling and incorrect calls.⁣
Jul 10, 202201:36:54
#263 Game Notes 035 | Jose Quintero | Bogota, CO

#263 Game Notes 035 | Jose Quintero | Bogota, CO

In the 35th installment of Game Notes, we break down Jose's game from Bogota, CO. Jose has been refereeing since 2013 and has the ultimate goal to one day become an international FIBA referee. Even though this is a FIBA rules game, we discuss universal plays that can be interpreted for any level of officiating. We hope you enjoy!
Jul 03, 202201:19:08
#261 Refs Need Love 2 | Tik Tok Live w/David Gerson
Jun 27, 202239:01
#260 The Growth of our Group | CR Mentor | And one podcast

#260 The Growth of our Group | CR Mentor | And one podcast

CR MENTOR is in the 42nd straight week of our program and many officials in the community are experiencing developmental growth spurts due to the rapid activity of the group. ⁣ ⁣ In this episode, we discuss the diversity of our team and how we are meeting the educational needs of each official. Thank you to Brian Kenney & Kent Miehe and the Wisconsin River Officials Association for hosting this session.⁣ ⁣ Join our community⁣
Jun 19, 202257:19
#258 Tales from the Hardwood | Andrew Marotta | Author, Principal, Retired Division 1 Official

#258 Tales from the Hardwood | Andrew Marotta | Author, Principal, Retired Division 1 Official

Andrew Marotta whips up a perfect blend of leadership, sports, and storytelling in the 4th book of his Surviving & Thriving series which also features The Partnership, The School Leader, & The Principal. The author does a masterful job of blending his passions through twenty years of experience in these areas.  You will laugh, cry and have your emotions moved through the powerful, true stories within the book.⁣ ⁣ In this gripping episode, Mr. Marotta reminisces about his memorable first game at Madison Square Garden, the warm greetings he received from the Notre Dame staff, and how he implemented some Fighting Irish culture at his school. Andrew also discusses being the leader everyone wants to work and he delivers a passionate rant about always believing in yourself.⁣ ⁣ Join our private community ⁣⁣
Jun 12, 202201:14:47
#256 “Camp Chronicles” the Movie | A story about camp life | Roger Ayers & more

#256 “Camp Chronicles” the Movie | A story about camp life | Roger Ayers & more

This camp movie takes place at Liberty University, for the 2021 Referee’s Choice Camp, hosted by Final Four Official Roger Ayers. This film documents our camp experience from watching game tape at the hotel, our conversations on the ride to the facility, and interactions with officials before, during, and after the games. ⁣ ⁣ 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗺:⁣ ⁣ 𝘙𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘙𝘺𝘢𝘯 𝘊𝘦𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴𝘬𝘪, 𝘒𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘭 𝘋𝘰𝘤𝘬, 𝘑𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘞𝘦𝘪𝘴𝘻, 𝘋𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘋𝘳𝘢𝘬𝘦, 𝘛𝘢𝘺𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘣𝘰𝘪𝘴, 𝘙𝘺𝘢𝘯 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘯, 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘺 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘯, 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘔𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘺, 𝘔𝘺𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘉𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘔𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘙𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘭, 𝘚𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘵 𝘎𝘦𝘦𝘳, & 𝘈𝘭 𝘉𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢⁣ ⁣ 🎥 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗲⁣⁣ ⁣ 𝗧𝗼 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 ⁣
Jun 05, 202201:04:52
#255 Game Notes 034 | Ashley Smith | Official since 2019 | Mission, TX
Jun 01, 202252:15
#254 LIVE FROM: House of Sports | Vol. 5 | Lindell Walcott | Keeyah Hicks

#254 LIVE FROM: House of Sports | Vol. 5 | Lindell Walcott | Keeyah Hicks

This audio experience is the return of our LIVE FROM series at the House of Sports, featuring instant on-court reactions from the officials. In this episode, we reinforce the importance of great partnering and having our teammate's backs in uncomfortable situations. We share some straight tactics on how to manage a coach when they are shouting at our partners, discuss one of the many reasons why young officials get discouraged, and even have a conversation with a high school lcoach on why coaches should have ZERO power in ratings and assignments. Special thanks to Lindell Walcott & Keeyah Hicks for their contributions to this podcast. Join our community
May 20, 202224:47
#253 Rapid Responses 8 | feat. Coach Sheldon | [Full Episode available on PATREON]

#253 Rapid Responses 8 | feat. Coach Sheldon | [Full Episode available on PATREON]

This episode is the 8th installment of our Rapid Response series, which is designed to help arm your tool belt with ready and effective responses for ANYTHING a coach throws at you. In this session, we hit on some powerful themes like:⁣

𝟭. It's more important to establish respectful communication guidelines than it is to provide a good explanation about a play.⁣

𝟮. Hence, be sure to prioritize the most important topics during your conversations (ex. if they're screaming about a block/charge play, we need to address the scream before the block/charge)⁣

𝟯. The Power of Complimenting the coach when they are speaking respectful is a great way to stroke their ego while indirectly setting professional expectations⁣

𝟰. The Power of Complimenting your partner over a call while you're near the coach's bench is a way of showing unity while providing assurance and reinforcement that the call was correct⁣

𝟱. Officials need to get out of their comfort zone and realize that if the coach is yelling at any member of the CREW, then they are yelling at YOU. ⁣

𝟲. Many officials will not address the coach unless they are speaking directly to them. Being a great partner can be uncomfortable sometimes but having your teammates back through thick and thin is always the right thing to do.⁣

𝟳. It's imperative that the table side official act as a de-escalator if the coach is shouting across the court. Many times, the closest official to the bench can play a pivotal role in properly managing the coach's behavior⁣

We touch on all of these topics and much more on during this 100-minute communication session. We hope you grow from this!⁣
May 13, 202201:13:10
#252 A Competitive Journey Amongst Teammates in Stripes | Ian Sacks
May 09, 202231:35
#250 Welcome to CR Mentor | w/Miles McKenney

#250 Welcome to CR Mentor | w/Miles McKenney

This episode gives more insights on the inner workings of our mentor group and community for officials.  This call features new member & 8-year official Miles Mckenney, from Idaho. ⁣ ⁣ We cover the importance bringing in positive people, who are great partners, and high-character individuals that embody the Crown Refs values and beliefs.  ⁣ ⁣ This episode also explains the Patreon & Discord platforms and details our officiating curriculum, weekly schedule, and more.
Apr 25, 202222:39
#248 Game Notes 032 | John Skomra | Buffalo, NY | Official Since 2018
Apr 14, 202201:33:18
#247 The CR Vlog 02 | Helping in Hoboken | with Mike Evans

#247 The CR Vlog 02 | Helping in Hoboken | with Mike Evans

This vlog was recorded in New Jersey in January 2022 as Mike Evans and I went to observe & work with some officials from the Hoboken, NJ area.⁣ ⁣ 𝘕𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘉𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘵 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘴 is a league and rec program organized by Andrew Impastato who also assigns officials to work their various leagues. After seeing some of my Tik Tok content, Andrew decided he wanted me to come down to Hoboken to help train his officials and give them feedback during and after their games.  This video documents over 120 minutes of our interactions with the 4 officials (𝘌𝘳𝘪𝘤 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯 𝘓𝘺𝘯𝘤𝘩, 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 𝘎𝘪𝘣𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘑𝘳, 𝘒𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘺 𝘛𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘭𝘦𝘨) covering everything from positioning, mechanics, play-calling, and more. Some of our teaching themes included mirroring the ball in the lead, position adjusting during rebounding coverage, and how believability leads to more trust.⁣ ⁣ Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this Vlog as we had a terrific group of officials who had a lot of interesting conversations that we think you will grow from. Thank you for being a part of our community! Full video available exclusively on 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
Apr 07, 202202:07:48
#246 Game Notes 031 | Fabio Cardoso | Pittsfield, MA | Official since 2018

#246 Game Notes 031 | Fabio Cardoso | Pittsfield, MA | Official since 2018

This episode is the return of 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴, our longest-running series featuring 3-year official Fabio Cardoso and the CR Mentor group. This session is densely packed with officiating content to help you improve your overall game. ⁣

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝗲𝘀: ⁣
•𝘈𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘫𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭⁣
•𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘵𝘺𝘱𝘦⁣
•𝘜𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘏𝘚 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯⁣
•𝘋𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘵⁣
•𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴⁣
•𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯'𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦'𝘴 𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘵 ⁣
•𝘐𝘧 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘺𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶⁣

We hope you enjoy!⁣

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺⁣
Mar 31, 202201:14:31
#245 Good People Make Great Refs | Ernest Hamilton | Official since 2010| Baton Rouge/Long Island
Mar 22, 202201:15:50
#244 Rapid Responses 7 | Crown Refs Mentor

#244 Rapid Responses 7 | Crown Refs Mentor

𝙍𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝟳 | C.J. Arms | Will Fried | Carmela Garcia | Adreanna Broussard | Jason Morris | Easton Copenhaver | Fabio Cardoso | Hunter Beshears | Mike Evans | Donald Griffin | John Skomra⁣ ⁣ This episode is the 7th installment of Rapid Responses, as we break down different strategies, approaches, and effective responses for coaches. During this session, we cover how to stop listening to their in-game feedback & opinions while still maintaining our professionalism. ⁣ ⁣ We also discuss how to become more approachable and why we need to stop caring what coaches think of us and live with the results. We think this audio could offer you some breakthroughs that you can immediately apply onto the court.⁣ ⁣ 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆⁣
Mar 03, 202201:52:02
#241 Agent Zero | Gilbert Arenas | 3-time NBA All-Star | The No Chill Podcast

#241 Agent Zero | Gilbert Arenas | 3-time NBA All-Star | The No Chill Podcast

Gilbert Arenas was a prolific offensive player during his 12-year NBA career playing for a total of 4 teams. He was the 2003 NBA’s most improved player and averaged over 20 ppg and 5 assists including over 29 ppg in 2006.

He joins the CR podcast to talk about some common things that players dislike about officials and what's eating at him about NBA referees. Our topics include trash-talking, respect for the game, what he appreciates about officials, and what the NBA players thought of the Tim Donaghy scandal.

This was a very entertaining and insightful discussion between a player and a ref as we tried to iron out some of our differences and find a common ground. Special thanks to Gilbert for his contributions to our program.
Feb 17, 202201:37:41
#240 Born To Do It | Lathan The Kid Umpire | Kristin & Josh Williams

#240 Born To Do It | Lathan The Kid Umpire | Kristin & Josh Williams

Lathan Williams is a 7-year old. 3-sport official in training and viral sensation having amassed over 300,000 fans is a short span. The videos of him officiating basketball, football, and baseball have garnered millions of views on TikTok as he's the internets most popular official and a fan favorite to those who get to watch him perform live. He's joined by his parents to talk about what how he blew up and what he loves about the refs.
Feb 01, 202229:18
#239 Bridging the Gap w/Coach Nique | Use the Game Podcast | CR Mentor group

#239 Bridging the Gap w/Coach Nique | Use the Game Podcast | CR Mentor group

The Use The Game Podcast is geared towards individuals who have used Athletics to push them forward in their careers. We will interview former and current pros, successful student athletes and contributors to their individual sports. ⁣ ⁣ In this episode I join Coach Nique to help bridge the communication gap between officials and coaches for the betterment of the game. We discuss common misconceptions about officials, the best ways coaches can communicate their questions, and provide clarity on illegal screens & block/charge plays.⁣ ⁣ 𝘌𝘱𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝟸𝟹𝟻-𝟸𝟹𝟾 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘰𝘯. 𝘾𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙤𝙣.𝙘𝙤𝙢/𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙨
Jan 27, 202258:23
#234 The Best of 2021 | Maia Chaka | Tyler Ford | Dee Kantner | Roger Ayers | Natasha Camy | Lisa Mattingly | Bill Spooner | J.B. Caldwell

#234 The Best of 2021 | Maia Chaka | Tyler Ford | Dee Kantner | Roger Ayers | Natasha Camy | Lisa Mattingly | Bill Spooner | J.B. Caldwell

Welcome to the Best of 2021 compilation. This episode includes over 3 hours of our best moments from this past year featuring Maia Chaka, Dee Kantner, Natasha Camy, Lisa Mattingly, Roger Ayers, J.B. Caldwell, Tyler Ford, Bill Spooner, and the whole Crown Refs community of officials. We hope you enjoy it and thank you so much for your appreciation & support.⁣ ⁣ 𝗧𝗼 𝗷𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀 ⁣ 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻.𝗰𝗼𝗺/𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗿𝗲𝗳𝘀
Jan 01, 202203:13:50
#233 Film Night 3 | Chiene Jones | Jorelle Pitter | Donald Griffin | Pedro Rodrigues

#233 Film Night 3 | Chiene Jones | Jorelle Pitter | Donald Griffin | Pedro Rodrigues

In our 3rd film session with Crown Refs Mentor, we break down one of my recent games from the 21-22 season. We discuss how and when to use our 3 different voices-Command presence, normal, diffusing. ⁣

We also speak about why we talk ourselves out of upgrading fouls and why we shouldn't ignore unsportsmanlike conduct just because our partner does. Some other plays we look at involve pass/crash criteria and a monster time and distance play from Carmela Garcia.⁣

𝙏𝙤 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙖 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨⁣
Dec 19, 202101:31:25
#232 Re-Applying the Pressure | with Bill Spooner | Crown Refs Mentor

#232 Re-Applying the Pressure | with Bill Spooner | Crown Refs Mentor

This audio is an exclusive interview with former 32-year NBA official Bill Spooner. Bill has worked over 1500 regular-season games and 100 NBA playoff games in his amazing tenure. ⁣

In this episode, we spoke about having mental toughness and list specific ways that officials can re-apply the pressure back on the coaches and players. This is a concept that is foreign to most referees but is something we are leaning heavily into at Crown Refs. We thank Bill for displaying the type of grit that more officials need to embody.⁣

Other topics include Kobe’s 81 performance, why we shouldn't sell, what to do when your partner calls a technical foul and the bond that he shares with his son Drew through officiating.⁣

𝗧𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘀⁣
Dec 15, 202159:52
#231 Rapid Responses 5 | A Renewed Focus on Respect | CR MENTOR

#231 Rapid Responses 5 | A Renewed Focus on Respect | CR MENTOR

This episode features the 5th session of our rapid response training with the Mentor group. We lead by covering a new memo from the NCAA regarding sportsmanship, bench decorum, calling the rules as written, and a renewed sense of respect for the game. ⁣

We found this information to be a foundational tool on how we should manage the game and it also provided some new language for us to integrate into our responses to coaches and players. ⁣

We also heard different members of the group share recent scenarios involving coaches, how they handled it and what they can do better. We hope this audio helps you add a few things to your belt.⁣

𝗧𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻⁣
Dec 03, 202101:44:54
#230 Signal School Live | Session 2 | Stay Here, Wave off, hit to head, chucking

#230 Signal School Live | Session 2 | Stay Here, Wave off, hit to head, chucking

This episode features the second installment of Signal School-Live with the Crown Refs Mentor group. In this session, we practice 4 different signals to improve our form and presentation during our games including the “stay here” signal, the wave off, hit to the head and chucking. ⁣

We recommend utilizing the stay here signal as a highly effective way to communicate that it's a non-shooting foul in the frontcourt (post, rebounding, cutting fouls).⁣

Thank you to all of the officials who participated in this session as it takes a high level of confidence and humility.⁣

𝙏𝙤 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙖 𝙋𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙍𝙚𝙛𝙨
Dec 01, 202101:31:44
#229 7 Qualities of a Great Official | The Real Coach D 3

#229 7 Qualities of a Great Official | The Real Coach D 3

The Real Coach D, Phil Diasparra, is back for his 3rd installment as he gives us 7 Qualities of a Great Official. We hope you enjoy!

Integrity – great officials are the guardians of honesty in athletics. He must maintain a complete absence of bias. An official holds the position in the world of sports not unlike a judge in a court of law. If you aspire to be a great official you never put yourself in a position where your integrity could be questioned. The integrity of the game must always be upheld.⁣

Hustle- Officiating is a game of angles and positioning, officiating hustle describes movement and court position. There is no connection to speed and meaningless motion. Every great official moves efficiently to be in the right place at the right time. It’s the only way to see the entire play and make the correct call.⁣

Judgment- Great judgment is a byproduct of effort and experience. It goes beyond the rule book and includes an almost instinctive ability to apply the critical principle of advantage/disadvantage. This is at the heart of officiating that no team or player gets an unfair advantage or is placed at an unfair disadvantage.⁣

Communication-90% of officiating is being a people person, know how to deal with people. Listening is important that’s why we have two ears and one mouth, listen twice as much as we speak.⁣
Communication means “can you deal with people?” Can you deal with coaches, players during a game? Communication can be accomplished in many ways and in most cases, the situation will dictate your appropriate response. Sometimes a simple response to the question, a one-word answer, or a look can communicate what is needed at a particular time. Saying the right thing to the right person at the right time can help one avoid potential problems in a game. Communication is also the knowledge of when it’s best not to say anything.⁣

Consistency- Young officials have more difficulty with consistency than any other quality, mainly because they lack the experience to realize when their decisions are inconsistent. Everyone has some difficulty in this regard, but the great officials are unrelenting in their judgment. They see and call a game better than their colleagues. The key is to make the same call on the same kind of play whether it’s the first minute of the game or the score is tied with one minute left to play. If they believe an official is consistent, coaches and players will adjust accordingly. Inconsistent decisions on similar plays trigger negative behavior and poor sportsmanship among players and invite criticism from coaches. If you try and fail it’s a mistake, if you repeat the mistake it’s a decision.⁣

Confidence- There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Regardless of the situation, personalities involved, pressures from the crowd, or possible repercussions, great officials place fairness above all other concerns. They act confidently and according to the dictates of that value. You should hold yourself to a Higher than normal ethical standard. Be a legacy leader.⁣

Common Sense - I’ve saved this one for last. Of the qualities listed, common sense is the most important. That which is fair and right must take precedence throughout each game. Common sense ensures that fairness, understanding, and the best interests of the game are foremost in the mind of a great official. If you truly understand the spirit and intent of the rules, common sense will guide you well.⁣
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Nov 27, 202106:41
#228 Run The Game | w/ J.B. Caldwell

#228 Run The Game