Officiating: Embrace the process


Set on a path to minister, lead, and guide others, Royce W. King, Sr., has emerged as one of the next in line, as a role model and inspiration to those around him. A man of many talents, his latest endeavor has not only been rewarding, but eye opening as the rising official shared his perspective on what it means to dawn the black and white stripes.


King’s smile reflects ‘Embrace the process’ in Officials lifeCourtesy photo/MAJIICSHOTS

A long time lover of the game itself, King has been in and around basketball since his days as a youth. From playing, coaching, managing multiple fantasy leagues to podcasting his own fantasy sports show, and now officiating, Royce has experienced the game from just about every aspect. “I have always found joy in the game. To go out and work the game, to manage the game – takes courage,” King said. As a fearless individual, when it comes to officiating King is right at home in having the confidence to make those calls in the game.

“Nobody’s perfect, but you’ve gotta have the courage to make the call at that time, and then execute. Blow your whistle.”

“Aside from the game itself, the best part of officiating is your crew,” King said. “Your peers, your fellow officials, those are the people who you go to war with. They got your back.” Before each game crews typically hold a pregame conference to establish communication and primary areas of coverage. King likes to prepare himself by relaxing and visualization. “I typically like to arrive 90 minutes before game time and just relax, see the plays before getting ready to go.”


Players and Officials wrap up their pregame conference before tip-off in the Lafayette Jefferson Boys Basketball Sectional Tournament. Courtesy photo/ISC Sports Network

An NCAA Women’s Basketball Official, and newly selected Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Boys Tournament Official, Royce has steadily progressed in the world of officiating. He first began refereeing at the youth level back in 2013, before deciding to commit to officiating full-time. “Initially I wasn’t sure this was for me, but now it’s second nature. I’m happy to have arrived at my destiny and just play my part; be the best that I can be at it and help grow the game while helping kids fulfill their dreams and goals.”

Royce spent his rookie year as an official under the mentorship of Wayne Hobson, a veteran official who helped carry him and show him the ropes.

“Wayne took the time out to get to know me, talk the game, and just help me relax on the floor and remember that this is a game I’ve played before,” King said. “I had a good foundation starting out with guys like Wayne, my high school assignor Chris Shields, and Laschelle Hatcher who worked with me on my mechanics and showed me how to run 3-man.”

Now finishing up his fifth season, Royce has had a year full of excitement. “I call it my rise in five as a young official,” King chuckled. “This has been a personal best year in terms of the number of college conferences that I’ve worked,” he said. “I also received my first tournament selection as an IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament official, which is a huge milestone.” Alongside fellow crew members Shawn Harmon and Andrew Bowes, King officiated in the Lafayette Jefferson Sectional 7 Tournament in Indiana’s Class 4A.


Courtesy photo/ISC Sports Network

“I’m really thankful to have achieved such an accomplishment, and I’m grateful for my mentors and college assignors who saw my potential.”

With the regular season winding down, Royce likes to take time out to plan for his off-season and the next upcoming season. “I like to share my plans and schedule with my assignor because they are my partners when it comes to my development.” Peer feedback is also important when it comes to improvement.

King’s advice to up and coming officials looking to get their mind in game:

“If this [officiating] is what you want, go hard at it,” King said. “Do it with consistency and invest in your improvement.” King recommends registering as an official and attending camps to improve development. Officiating camps such as Patty Broderick’s Americas Best Officiating Camp, and Randy Fox’s All Collegiate Officiating Camp, are a great way to grow your network and elevate your game. “Once I made the investment to register with the NCAA I was able to access a variety of next level materials that played a huge role in my growth from year one to year two,” King stated. Royce has plans of attending Sally Bell’s Big Picture Officiating Camp this off-season as well as returning to Fox’s All Collegiate Officiating Camp

“Keep striving to get to the highest level that you can obtain. Embrace the process because everyone has a level that is theirs and when you arrive you’ll know.”




Round 2: 2018 IHSAA Lafayette Jeff. Boys Basketball Sectional Tournament


Lafayette, Ind., — Six teams began, now only four remain as the 2018 Class 4A Sectional 7 heats up at Lafayette Jeff. After the Kokomo Wildcats and host Jefferson Bronchos squared off in the opening round of the 2018 IHSAA Lafayette Jefferson Basketball Tournament, it was Lafayette Jeff who came out on top, 50-39.

Jeff vs Kokomo

Lafayette Jefferson (white) vs. Kokomo Wildcats (red) in the opening round of IHSAA’s Sectional 7. Courtesy photo/Paul Neidig

Results – Tues., Feb. 27
G1: Lafayette Jefferson 50, Kokomo 39
G2: Zionsville 52,  Logansport 43

With the win, Jefferson advances to play defending sectional champions: the McCutcheon Mavericks, in Game 1 on Friday, March 2. The Zionsville Eagles will also advance after holding off Logansport for the 52-43 win. The Eagles take on the Harrison Raiders in Game 2 on Friday.

Class 4A Sectional 7 (Lafayette Jefferson) Schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 27
G1: Kokomo vs. Lafayette Jeferson (6:00 PM EST)
G2: Zionsville vs. Logansport

Friday, Mar. 2
G3: McCutcheon vs. Lafayette Jefferson (6:00 PM EST)
G4: Harrison (West Lafayette) vs. Zionsville (7:30 PM EST)

Saturday, Mar. 3
Championship: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4 (7:30 PM EST)

Location: Marion L. Crawley Athletic Center, 1801 South 18th Street, Lafayette, IN 47905

Shawn Harmon, Andrew Bowes, and Royce King will be your crew of officials for Friday’s game between the Harrison Raiders and Zionsville Eagles.

Harrison enters Friday’s semi-finals with an overall record of 14-8. Guided by Head Coach Mike Rinehart, the Raiders won their last match-up of the regular season against Hamilton Heights, 89-76 where six players finished in double-digit scoring. Led by their seniors Benito Munoz (18pts), Austin Dunwoody (17pts), Calvin Walters (13pts), Bobby Dearing (12pts), and Alex Bauer (11pts) Harrison posted a 33-point quarter in the third over the Huskies. The Raiders look to bring their effort and energy to Friday’s battle against Zionsville.

The Eagles who came out of Tuesday’s opening round over Logansport, defeated the Berries in overtime for the 52-43 victory. Isaiah Thompson led Zionsville with 16 points and senior Mark Stemme added 14, including going 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Zionsville enters Friday’s match-up with a 20-3 overall record. The Eagles are led by Head Coach Shaun Busick.

Be sure to follow the IHSAA for more information and updates on the tournament.

View Friday’s action here.



2018 IHSAA Lafayette Jefferson Boys Basketball Sectional Tournament Kicks-Off, Tuesday


Lafayette, Ind., — In Indiana we don’t just play basketball, we grow basketball here. At any and every level, ball is life and finally, the time has come to crown a champion. With the regular season all wrapped-up, it’s time for post season play in the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

Four hundred and three (403) teams will compete in the 108th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament, presented by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever. 

Sectionals are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 27, and run through Saturday, March 3, with regionals set for March 10 and semi-states on March 17. The four championship games that make up the state finals will be played on Saturday, March 24, in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Lafayette Jefferson High School will host the 2018 IHSAA Class 4A Sectional 7 Tournament. Competing teams in this sectional include: Lafayette Jefferson Bronchos, Logansport Berries, McCutcheon Mavericks, Kokomo Wildkats, Harrison Raiders, and Zionsville Eagles.


Tuesday, Feb. 27
G1: Kokomo vs. Lafayette Jeferson (6:00 PM EST)
G2: Zionsville vs. Logansport

Friday, Mar. 2
G3: McCutcheon vs. Winner of G1 (6:00 PM EST)
G4: Harrison (West Lafayette) vs. Winner of G2

Saturday, Mar. 3
Championship: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4 (7:30 PM EST)

Location: Marion L. Crawley Athletic Center, 1801 South 18th Street, Lafayette, IN 47905

LJ gym

The Marion L. Crawley Athletic Center, Home of the Lafayette Jefferson Bronchos. Courtesy photo/@JeffAthletics 

Kokomo (12-11) and host Lafayette Jeff (16-7) will get the ball rolling in Game 1 of Sectional 7 with a 6:00 PM (EST) tip-off on the Bronchos’ home floor.

Shawn Harmon, Andrew Bowes, and Royce King have been tabbed as the officiating crew for Tuesday’s opening game, as well as Friday’s game (G4) between the Harrison Raiders and the victor of the Zionsville vs. Logansport game.

Guided by Head Coach Bob Wonnell, the Kokomo Wildkats played their final game of the regular season on Feb. 20 at Fishers. In a hard fought battle that saw 13 lead changes and nine ties, Fishers came out on top, 58-53. Seniors Anthony Barnard and Trajan Deckard led Kokomo in scoring with 19 and 17 points, respectively.

The Lafayette Jefferson Bronchos and Head Coach Scott Radeker, closed out the regular season strong when they defeated nonconference opponent Western High School by a score of 56-44. Sophomore Avery Beaver and senior Marell Jordan led the Bronchos in the scoring column with 20 and 18 points, respectively. Senior Nathan Thomas grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Be sure to follow the IHSAA for more information and updates on the tournament.

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