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Posted Feb 4, 2014 1:22 PM

Latest Officiating News & Links

2013-14 Rule Book (PDF)
2013-14 NBA Case Book (PDF)
2013-14 Officials Media Guide (PDF)
2013-14 NBA Guide (PDF)
2013-14 NBA Register (PDF)

• Rule Changes: 2013-14 (PDF) | 2012-13 | 2011-12 | 2010-11 | 2009-10 | 08-09 | 07-08
NBA anti-flopping rules (PDF)
Official Referee Hand Signals Illustrated
Video NBA Video Rulebook website

NBAOfficials.com

What does it take to be an NBA Referee? Click here to learn more
about becoming a basketball referee in the NBA D-League or NBA.

NBA Misunderstood Rules

Defensive three seconds (PDF)
Goaltending and basket interference (PDF)
Delay of game (PDF)

Fouls:
Degree of contact (PDF)
Clear path to the basket (PDF)
Foul in the act of shooting (PDF)
Hand checking and automatic fouls (PDF)

Fouls Part 2:
Illegal screens (PDF)
Block / Charge (PDF)
Flagrant fouls (PDF)
Away-from-the-play (PDF)

Fouls Part 3:
Block / Charge (PDF)
Illegal screens / picks (PDF)
Flagrant fouls (PDF)

Fouls Part 4:
Contact with the arm / hand of a shooter (PDF)

Ask Donnie

Have a question about NBA refereeing or a playing rule interpretation? Send your questions to Donnie Vaden (askdonnie@nba.com), the NBA's VP of Referee Operations and Director of Officials. If your question is selected, we'll post it on NBA.com with Donnie's answer. Questions that are not in regards to NBA playing rules or a generic question about NBA Officiating will not be considered. Questions such as those concerning specific calls in games, the game or playoff schedule, player statistics, will not be considered.

Jan. 15, 2014: Ask Donnie Q&A
Oct. 24, 2013: Ask Donnie Q&A

Referee Assignments

Daily Referee Game Assignments

Referee Operations Executive Bios

Mike Bantom | Don Vaden | Joe Borgia | Steven M. Angel

2013-14 Key Dates

National Basketball Association Key Dates

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