Podcast Episodes


020 – Daring Greatly

The RoundBall Referee returns for the 2017-2018 season with a confession and a word of encouragement. Borrowing from the title of Brené Brown‘s book Daring Greatly I pick up on the theme of what it means for me and this podcast to dare greatly, and doing so for those of us in our basketball officiating. At the end of the show I preview the conversation I had with next week’s episode guest, Bryan Kersey (ACC supervisor of officials).


019 – NBA Official Mark Lindsay

Mark Lindsay has been an NBA Referee for the past ten seasons. He recently took over as  the new director of the Proactive Referee Officiating Camp. The camp is held each summer in Philadelphia, PA. This is a premier camp to help you get to the next level.

Mark came on to the show on May 23, 2017 to get the word out about the upcoming camp. But he also spent a lot of time discussing some very important aspects for improving your game as an official. Toward the end of the show he shared a great story of when he called a questionable foul on Golden State Warriors star, Draymond Green.


018 – Camps with Mike Eades and Roger Ayers

Go to CAMP!!! And don’t just take it from me. Mike Eades and Roger Ayers will tell you the same thing. Both of them have been selected to officiate the NCAA Division 1 Final Four in years past. Mike was selected most recently to work this year’s Final between Gonzaga and North Carolina. And together, Mike and Roger are putting on their own camp June 22-24, 2017 – The Referee’s Choice camp in Lynchburg, VA. (click LINK to see camp flyer)

Also, if you haven’t seen THIS ARTICLE by Teddy Greenstein in the Chicago Tribune, you’ll want to check it out. Mike is featured along with Gene Steratore.


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017 -Common or Intentional Foul? with Nuf Perez

When a team is purposely trying to foul as a strategy for winning, how do you distinguish between a common and an intentional foul? Long-time, veteran high school and college official, Nuf Perez, encountered this very question. He shares with us the end-of-game situation he and his crew recently had that became a first-time learning experience.


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016 – J.D. Collins NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating

J.D. Collins NCAA National Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officiating joins us to discuss this year’s six areas of emphasis related to “freedom of movement.” They are:

  • Hand checking/body bumping the ball-handler
  • Screening
  • Freedom of movement for cutters
  • Offense-initiated contact on legal defenders
  • Physical post play
  • Rebounding

For more information, check out these links:

USA Today (November 30, 2016) – College Basketball Rules Will Again Emphasize Reducing Physicality

USA Today (May 5, 2015) – J.D. Collins Named Coordinator of College Basketball Officiating

For another great podcast interview with J.D., check out:

37 the Podcast – S2 Ep 18: J.D. Collins – Leading from NCAA Officiating and Conflict






015 – The WhistleBlower by Bob Katz

What does it take to officiate basketball at the highest level? For the guys who get there, what’s it really like? Officiating insiders, like ourselves, ask these questions. When you sit down to watch a game on any sports network, you wonder: who’s working that night, how’d they get to that point, what’s demanded of them?

Bob Katz, who has written for Sports Illustrated, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times, has written a book about the very thing we’ve so passionately committed ourselves: refereeing the game of basketball. The WhistlBlower: Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College Basketball tells the story of officiating great, Ed Hightower.  It also tells our story, the one we live night-after-night, November through March.

Bob has generously given the officiating community the gift of this book. And he has given us his time to share a bit more about his experience in writing the book and spending time with basketball officials.

Click here to purchase The WhistleBlower

You can also check out an article Bob recently wrote for the Boston Globe titled: “Why Fans Should See Like Refs”.

Email me: bryan@theroundballreferee.com

Tweet me: @theroundballo



014 – The Little Things MATTER (Mechanics)

If you want to become a great referee, you must develop great mechanics.  Freddy from myvirtualofficialsassociation.com joins me to talk about some of the common mechanic-errors officials make. He has come up with some catchy phrases to help you keep these good-mechanic practices in mind as you’re refereeing a game.





013 – Joe DeRosa and Smitty Official’s Apparel

Joe DeRosa (Wikipedia) – former NBA official and current NCAA D1 official – joins us to talk about officiating apparel.  He’s very well known for being one of two officials to have worked both the NBA Finals and the NCAA Final Four.  But he’s also the man behind the “S” printed on the shirts we wear.  The “S” stands for Smitty Official’s Apparel.  In our conversation, Joe tells the story of how he got this business started and what it has become today.  He also talks about the different styles of pants and shirts he and his company are putting on the market.

If you’re looking to purchase new official’s apparel, Joe says that Smitty is being sold by a number of retailers throughout the country.  Currently, his two largest customers are Purchase Officials Supplies and Ump-Attire.


Thanks again for listening to The RoundBall Referee.  Be sure to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for upcoming episodes.




012 – Blow Your Whistle! w/ Ron Foxcroft and Fox40

Rarely do we officials think about the significance of that piece of plastic we have sticking out of our mouths during  a basketball game.  It’s just there – always there.  And if it’s not, we’re in big trouble.

We call it a whistle.  And if you think about it for a moment you quickly realize this is the one piece of equipment we can’t referee without.  You can ref a game with or without shoes.  Pants or shorts doesn’t really matter.  Striped shirt, grey shirt, collar or no collar.  But no whistle…good luck; see how that goes for you.

And, let’s be honest, not all whistles are created equally.  If you want to be a great basketball official, you definitely want to have a great whistle to work with.  Ron Foxcroft, founder of Fox 40 International Inc.  joins me on today’s show to talk about the whistle he created and why it’s so revolutionary for officials in all major sports.

In this episode Ron tells the story of how Fox40 came to be.  But I also highly recommend you check out the show: Million Dollar Genius (season 1, episode 1) on the History Channel.

Also, check out this list of Ron’s involvements, achievements and awards.  And this is only a part of the list…

  • Chairman, & C.E.O. – Fluke Transport and Warehousing.  “If it’s on time…it’s a Fluke”, is more than a slogan – it’s a guarantee.
  • Inventor of the Fox 40 Pealess Whistle which is now sold in 140 countries and is sanctioned by almost all major sports worldwide, including the NFL, CFL, NHL, NCAA, NBA, search & rescue and military professionals worldwide.
  • Named by Referee Magazine as one of the 52 most influential people in Sports Officiating history.
  • Fox 40 NCAA Whistle & Ron Foxcroft featured in the New York Times.
  • Officiated over 1,600 International basketball games in over 30 countries, including the 1976 MONTREAL OLYMPICS, GOLD MEDAL BASKETBALL GAME.
  • Officiated 4 NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the SWEET 16 Tournament in 1998.
  • NBA Evaluator & Observer of Officials 2003 – 2016. First Canadian ever employed by the Basketball Operations Department of the NBA.
  • 2010 – Only Canadian Named by NASO Top 30 Who Made a Difference in the World of Officiating.
  • 2015 – Private audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
  • 2016 – Named Recipient of the Gold Whistle Award by the National Association of Sports Officials
  • 2016 – Named to the MAAC Honor Roll, awarded by the Metro Athletic Atlantic Conference in partnership with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
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011 – 3 Person Mechanics with Jeff Spedoske

If you want to become a great official, listen to this episode, not once, not twice, but as many times as it takes to get this stuff right. So much of being a great basketball official is perfecting the details of your game. Positioning is all about details. If you get into the right spot, you’ll dramatically increase your chances of making the right call.

Lead – Center – Trail

That’s what it’s all about. Today’s guest is veteran official, Jeff Spedoske. He has worked for years on the high school, NCAA D2 and D3 levels. The past few years Jeff has been actively working as a D1 official.  And each summer he helps train and advise many officials as a clinician at summer camps.

As you listen to Jeff talk about positioning you might feel like you’re back at camp. By the time you’re done listening you’ll be ready to step out onto the court and put these tips, tools and suggestions into practice.  Get yourself ready to make the right call.