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Referees Earn Their Stripes in the Off Season at Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS

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Central North Basketball Officials Association referees Credits: Courtesy of Kevin St. Onge
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Central North Basketball Officials Association (CNBOA) recently concluded its summer training program at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for new and experienced basketball referees.
 
Dubbed “Advanced Officiating 3.0”, approximately a dozen officials attended the camp over three nights participating in classroom “chalk talk”, on-court, and live-game instruction. The officials ranged from one to 15+ years of experience. Teams from Scotch Plains, Woodbridge, Old Bridge, Plainfield and Benedictine Academy provided competitive, girls’ varsity-level game conditions for the officials to test and practice their skills.
 
The program was taught by CNBOA veteran instructors Mike Antuono, Bill Meyer, Steve Dunn and Kevin St.Onge. Instructors reviewed all aspects of refereeing basketball, from off-season conditioning to rules study and knowledge and on-court mechanics. Instructors challenged the referees to analyze every game they work and look for ways to improve.
 
 
The program also served as a small fundraiser with proceeds to be donated to the SPFHS girls basketball program and Officials versus Cancer.
 
CNBOA is an association of basketball officials serving greater Union County. Its members primarily referee youth and recreation leagues and some members are also active at the high school varsity and sub-varsity levels. For more information about Advanced Officiating 3.0 or CNBOA, or if you would like to become a certified basketball official, go to www.cnboa.org

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