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From Zero To Melee In Seconds


Michael Leavitt Blog I love taking the time to watch my fellow officials work games and witness firsthand how they deal with the situations that arise on the basketball court. It is always easier being a witness, rather than a participant. It is easy for me to watch them, second guess their actions, and then learn from their mishaps.

This post is called "From Zero To Melee In Seconds" because the game can be going along normally one moment and then all heck breaks loose the next.  In this video you will see the white team player come down, pass behind his back to the shooter spotted up in the low corner behind the three point line.  If this shooter had just made the shot, then there would be no blog entry. But he missed the shot...

Within moments, there is a rebound, a steal, a jump atop, a rollover, and ultimately a scissor hold throw down. All of this resulted in a jump ball call after a very delayed whistle. It is easy to second guess the actions of others... In fact, it is too easy. If we learn nothing else from this situation, learn that at the first dive contact... BLOW YOUR WHISTLE! Failure to do so leads to so much other needless emotions and retaliations.

Enjoy the video...

Melee YT


Make it a great game! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah


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