102010 LEE PAVLOT
Lee Pavlot, rules interpreter for the Utica branch of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, teaches candidates during a class at Notre Dame High School in Utica.
When it comes to basketball, Lee Pavlot
knows the rules.
Pavlot, of Waterville, has more than 40 years of experience as an active member of the Utica-based International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board No. 51.
But Pavlot's expertise on the rules goes beyond officiating high school boys basketball games.
also runs clinics every fall for prospective basketball officials.
As the Utica Board's rules interpreter and trainer, Pavlot
has instructed potential candidates for the last 12 years.
The clinics take place in a classroom setting at Notre Dame High School
teaches weekly classes then a review session before candidates take the IAABO written exam Nov. 1.
"The test is on all the rules and what's in the rule book," Pavlot
"What I do is breakdown the rules and interpret them for the candidates."
The clinics run from the middle of September through October.
has seven candidates attending his
classes this fall.
is well-versed in the do's and don'ts on the court.
also is the New York State boys basketball rules interpreter.
Utica Board No. 51
has 108 members who are approved to work high school boys basketball games.
said approximately 20 Utica Board officials also ref college basketball.
There also are a few dual members who officiate boys and girls basketball.
All of Utica Board No.
51 members are men.
is hopeful that more women will get interested in becoming a ref for boys hoops.
"We don't have any women this year, but we had four or five take the class in the past," Pavlot
"We would welcome them for sure.
But I haven't had one (a female official) for over 10 years."
Once a candidate passes the written exam, they move on for more hands-on training with other board members.
"They get a class on mechanics, where to stand on the floor and things like that," Pavlot
"We put them on the floor and other members work with them."
One point of emphasis in recent years for officials is sportsmanship.
Refs must keep a tight rein on rough play and taunting during the course of the game.
"High school follows TV and the NBA and college ball," Pavlot
"It's a trickle-down effect.
Our job is to emphasize less roughness and clean up the game."
But being an official isn't for everyone, Pavlot acknowledged.
recalled a rare instance where a candidate passed the exam but decided against becoming a ref after he
got into live action on the floor.
"You have to have a thick skin, shrug off comments and go on and do your job," Pavlot
Lee Pavlot, of Waterville, is an expert on the rules of high school boys' basketball.
A 40-year member of the Utica-based IAABO Board No. 51
is the board's rules interpreter and trainer.
also is the state's rules interpreter.
A retired state trooper, Pavlot teaches the rules of the game to prospective basketball officials during fall clinics before they become probationary members of the Utica Board No. 51.
Here are Pavlot's
five tips to being a good official: