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Eastern North Carolina Athletic Officials Association

2019 Rocky Mount BB/SB Youth Rules
 (posted 4/5/19)
Baseball: PeeWee Rules | LL Minor Rules | LL Major Rules
Softball: 8U Rules | 12U Rules

ENCAOA Announces Basketball Clinics --- Article  (posted 8/23/17)

High School Volleyball Jamboree - Official's Schedule  (REV: 8/9/17)
Wayne Christian Jambaoree | Scrimmages & Jamborees

2017 ENC State Babe Ruth Softball Double Elimination Tournament  (posted 6/23/17)
8U Schedule | 10U Schedule | 12U Schedule | 16U Schedule

2017 ENC State Babe Ruth Softball Tournament Pool Play Brackets  (posted 6/22/17)
6U Schedule | 8U Schedule | 10U Schedule (REV) | 12U Schedule | 16U Schedule (REV)

2017 7U State Rookie Tournament Schedules  (posted 6/22/17)
Single Elimination Schedule | Pool Play Game Schedule

ENCAOA Updates  (posted 5/31/17)

Volleyball Test Date:
July 24 - August 8, 2017

ENCAOA State & Local Volleyball Clinics --- State & Local Clinics  (REVISED 6/5/17)

2016 High School Volleyball Protocol --- NCHSAA Pre-Game Protocol  (posted 8/16/16)

Center Fundamentals

I have taken summary notes from the Referee Magazine Pre-Season guide regarding action items from the Center refereeing position:

The game has evolved over time. Players are bigger, faster and stronger now. Offenses have also evolved to reflect the change in player's abilities. Teams now drive the ball with more regularity. More scoring plays happen in the modern game, and the game has opened up the court with greater spacing - now it has become a perimeter oriented game. The games that result in a 20-18 final score are mostly long gone. Understanding those changes means you understand that a third official, the center, makes officiating the game slightly less complicated.

The center official makes life easier for the whole crew. There are some fundamental areas to focus on in the center position to make life easier for the crew. The greatest strength of the center is the ability to focus on the off-ball activity. The by-product of having a third official is that crew has two officials ball side.

The center makes the crew's contest easier by staying in position and monitoring weak-side rebounding activity. There no longer is a temptation to immediately bail out and start moving toward the other end of the court on a try. In a crew of three, the trail official is able to get back there. With the trail down on the other end already set to accept the play coming into the frontcourt, the center can stay and help on backcourt-pressure situations. When there are four or more players in the backcourt, the center should stay for a moment or two to determine if there will be pressure or not. Stay and read the defense.

As the play develops and the transition of players occurs down court, the center should work to stay ahead of the middle pack of players. If it is clear there will be no pressure, try to set up in the home-base position, free-throw line extended, as quickly as possible. By getting ahead of the pack the center official can get setup at home base and be ready to accept the plays coming into the center's primary. Getting setup in a relatively still position is better than trying to rule accurately while on the move.

From the home-base position, the center's movement is a step or two either way to adjust to the movement of the players in his or her primary. It is important to maintain open looks on the plays as they are developing. There no longer becomes a need, like there was in two-person crews, to guess on a play because you could not get the angle needed to see the whole play. In three-person crews, the center official can get the angle to look between much easier.

In most cases the lead dictates when a rotation occurs. When the lead does initiate a rotation, there is no need for the center to leave any engaged match-up. There is no rush to rotate to the trail position. The official must now realize that he or she is no longer the center official, but with the lead's rotation, is in the trail position-with responsibility for the endline on the other end of the court.

Leaving a perfect position/look (seeing between opponents) just because the lead came across the lane puts the crew at a disadvantage. When the players move and the covering official no longer has the perfect position/look, the official can now move up to the trail position to officiate the rest of the possession. Officials are more often correct when they see the play start, develop, and finish.

The center also provides a huge advantage on curl plays. A play that curls away from any official should tell that official to stay away. "Curl away, stay away." There are many plays that curl towards the center official. Learn to recognize when there is potential for a play to curl toward you and make sure you are ready to monitor and rule accurately on those curl plays.

High-ball screens are becoming more common in our game. The center, who has no activity in his or her PCA, can widen the field of vision and provide some coverage in his or her secondary area. Screens set by players coming through the center's PCA can easily be monitored by the center official from start to finish. Recognize the high-ball screen and adjust to be able to provide additional coverage on the play.

Be fundamentally solid from the center position…good things will happen for the entire crew!

Keep working to meet our motto...Strive for Perfection, accept Excellence!

Mark Dreibelbis
Associate Commissioner AIC/CIC | NCHSAA

Basketball Officials & Regional Supervisors


NOTE: The NCHSAA Regional format (Rounds 4 and 5) has changed. No longer will the 4th round games be played Tuesday through Friday. All 4th round games will be played on Tuesday, March 1 at the host site of the higher seed. 5th round games will be played under the same "Super Saturday" format at neutral sites as before. Assignments for these rounds will be made through the Regional Supervisors…the NCHSAA office will decide the neutral association assignments per contest and the Regional Supervisors will assign the crew(s) for their assigned games.

REMINDER: Below is the information from the State Rules Clinics on uniform violations to be reported to the NCHSAA office

Head coach is responsible for legality of equipment:
• RULE for North Carolina
• Teams not in compliance
• Administrative technical foul assessed to head coach
• 2 free-throws for opponent
• Ball at division line for opponent
• Team foul assessed to offending team
• Player cannot participate until illegal equipment issue is corrected
• Email Mark Dreibelbis at mark@nchsaa.org
• Note offending team
• Note uniform adornment violation(s)
• Note the # of free throws attempted and # of free throws made

DRAWSTRINGS (Not part of the uniform violation pilot program):
• Shorts must be worn as intended by the manufacturers
• Drawstrings cannot be exposed
• Will be treated same as shirttail…one warning to correct
• Second offense - player will be relegated to bench
• To be legal, may turn waistband down but drawstrings must be internal, not external and exposed

Let's get ready for a great season!

Mark Dreibelbis
Associate Commissioner, AIC/CIC | Supervisor of Officials | Director of Student Services
North Carolina High School Athletic Association (www.nchsaa.org)

2015-2016 ENCAOA Basketball (UPDATED 11/16//15)
Scrimmage/Jamboree Schedule For Officials

2015 ENCAOA Basketball --- List of Basketball Jamborees & Scrimmages  (posted 11/5//15)

ENCAOA 2015-2016 Basketball Season
Please review all pages of each presentation.

Slide Show Clinic #1  (posted 9/22//15)

Slide Show Clinic #2  (posted 9/29//15)

2015-16 NCHSAA Volleyball Interpretations - PLEASE READ  (posted 8/14//15)
Volleyball Interpretations

High School Volleyball Videos  (posted 7/30/15)
Click each link to view the YouTube video
Scoresheet Instructions | Signals for Referees | Line Judge Training

ENCAOA Annnounces Volleyball & State Clinics  (posted 5/1/15)

Rocky Mount Parks & Recreation Adult Co-Rec. & Church League Rules  (posted 5/1/15)
Adult Co-Rec. Rules | Adult Softball Rules

2015 Rocky Mount Parks & Rec Rules  (posted 4/15/15)
Little League Rules | Midget League Rules

Only REAL rule change concerns pitching. We are NOT following the LL pitch count rule.... Instead we are limiting pitchers to 2 innings per game (unless game goes into extra innings)..... The only rule change that your guys really need to be need to be aware of is we WILL ALLOW a pitcher to return to the mound after leaving (IE The ace could pitch to the top of a lineup in the 1st and come in and face the top again in the 4th, etc). Last year we did not allow a pitcher to return to the mound. Other than that, rules are fairly typical.


Attention: Mickey/ENCAOA  (posted 4/23/15)

I have spoken to our booking agent this morning to make sure we all stay on the same page.

  1. We have requested that coaches not be allowed to sit outside of the dugouts in the field of play (You can sit in the dugout door). It appears that this has been loosely enforced from time to time. We appreciate your help and cooperation in keeping everyone safe.
  2. In Little League, there should not be any head first sliding. If it occurs, the player should be called out unless he is diving back to a previously occupied base. For many years, we did not have a rule that disallowed head first sliding. We apologize if there has been any confusion about this rule as a result. In the future, a player performing a head first slide will be called out.

Thanks so much much for all that you do to make Rocky Mount Baseball GREAT!!!!

Lynn M. Driver, Athletic Supervisor

ENCAOA Volleyball Referee's Training Videos  (posted 8/11/14)
Officiating High School Volleyball - Doing It Right
Officiating High School Volleyball - Overlap & Alignment

The Most Misunderstood Rules In Basketball  (posted 2/17/14)

Baseball & Softball Rule Interpretations from NCHSAA  (posted 2/21/13)

ATTN Baseball & Softball Umpires --- THE WAY I WANT IT DONE  (posted 2/4/13)

Volleyball Rules (2009) and Alignment:  (posted 7/11/12)

Volleyball Alignment

Rule 1 | Rule 2 | Rule 3 | Rule 4 | Rule 5 | Rule 6 | Rule 7 |  Rule 8 | Rule 9 | Rule 10 | Rule 11 | Rule 12

Umpires:  (posted 4/11/12)

Each year we run into situations regarding suspended games. There are provisions specific in the NCHSAA Handbook regarding suspended games, and NFHS rule code(s) also comes into play. I wanted to give you the following summary(s) to help you when you get into weather-related situations.

NCHSAA Handbook Regulation
SUSPENDED GAMES: North Carolina has adopted the suspended game rule, mandatory in all regular season and state playoff games. "A game called for any reason, where a winner cannot be determined will be treated as a suspended game. If the game is to be completed it will be continued from the point of suspension, with the lineup and batting order of each team the same as the lineup and batting order at the moment of suspension, subject to the rules of the game. If more than 4 1/2 innings have been played and a winner can be determined, the game is over (including playoff games)." After 5 innings, if the visiting team scores a tying or go ahead run in their top half of the inning and the home team does not have an opportunity to bat or complete its time at bat, the game is treated as a suspended game. If a game is called prior to the completion of a full inning after the fifth inning, the game becomes a suspended game in the following situation: the visiting team has scored one or more runs to tie the score or to take the lead, and the home team has not tied the score or retaken the lead. PLAY - The sixth inning begins with score H-6, V-5. Visitors score two runs in their half of the inning. Game is called because of rain with (a) two outs in the bottom of the sixth and the score H-6, V-7; or (b) following the completion of the home team's turn at bat with the score H-6, V-7. RULING: In (a) the game is suspended and resumed on the next possible date at the point of interruption. In (b) the game is official, with the final score H-6, V-7. A suspended game does not count against the weekly limitations in the week in which it is completed.

There is NFHS rule provision that comes into play when the home team scores tying or go-ahead runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and the game is not completed (game stopped due to weather before 3rd out is recorded in the bottom of the 6th)

BASEBALL - Rule 4-2-3

"If the game is called when the teams have not had an equal number of completed turns at bat, the score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last completed inning; except that if the home team in its half of the incomplete inning, scores a run (or runs) which equals or exceeds the opponent's score, the final score shall be as recorded when the game is called."

SOFTBALL -Rule 4-2-2b
"If play has gone beyond five full innings and is called when the teams have not had an equal number of completed turns at bat, the score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last completed inning; unless the home team, in its half of the incomplete inning, scores a run (or runs) which equals or exceeds the opponent's score, in which case, the final score shall be as recorded when the game is called."

I hope this information will be of service if you encounter these types of situations during your games.

Mark Dreibelbis (Supervisor of Officials)

Greene County Baseball & Softball Rules  (posted 4/9/12)

Tri-County Baseball Rules  (posted 4/9/12)

2012 Farmville 8U Rookie Rules | 2012 Farmville 10U & 12U Rules  (posted 4/3/12)

Concussion Law:   (posted 7/12/11)

Booking Agents and Officials

The last two (2) years the NFHS has been clear in its emphasis on concussion management.  The NFHS Rules Power Points have all highlighted this, and the SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR MANAGEMENT OF CONCUSSION is included as an appendix in all rule books.  There is a new North Carolina state law that mandates how athletes are to be treated by appropriate athletic training and licensed medical personnel.  I am giving you this information as a re-emphasis on the seriousness regarding concussions and our responsibilities as officials.  Coaches are also being reminded regarding the guidelines of return-to-play procedures they must follow before allowing the athlete to return to the contest.

As an official, if you observe or sense an athlete may be compromised, you are to guide/indicate (to) the athlete and the head coach to remove the athlete from the contest for them to “take a look” at the athlete.  At that time, your responsibility for the athlete is complete.  You are not a trained medical person who is responsible for diagnosing concussions.  But, we do want you to be aware of the symptoms which may indicate an athlete has sustained a concussion (defined as a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function). 

The symptoms as listed by the NFHS Rules are as follows:
Difficultly concentrating
Easily confused
Slowed thought process
Difficulty with memory
Lack of energy, tiredness
Dizziness, poor balance
Blurred vision
Sensitive to light and sounds
Mood changes—irritable, anxious, or tearful
Appears dazed or stunned
Confused about assignment
Forgets plays
Unsure of game, score or opponent
Moves clumsily
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness
Shows behavior or personality changes

Let’s remember that the care and safety of our participants is always our number one guideline.  The fact that a new state statute has been enacted indicates the public scrutiny regarding concussions and brain injury.  I am giving you this information as we prepare for our upcoming seasons.  I thank you in advance for your attention to this issue.

Mark Dreibelbis (Supervisor of Officials)