Officiating: The Other Athletes


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The Royce King Sports G.O.A.T. League was crafted by IHSAA Boys Tournament Official and NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Official, Royce King. King, who first began his officiating career back in 2013, has had a passion for the game since his childhood and continues to be a part of the game long after his playing days. “Because the game of basketball is so popular and continues to expand at every level, its natural that the sports’ personnel will do the same. Just as athletes grow and develop looking to advance to that next level, so too are basketball officials,” says King. “However, it is critical that with an increased demand that the output of officials not only increases, but quality is maintained. At almost any basketball event, you’re sure to find fans, parents, and even players complaining about a bad call from the refs. Officials everywhere, especially basketball officials are most important and are absolutely necessary in order to carry out organized basketball competitions; yet they are the most ridiculed when it comes to the sport.”

“If the game is ever to continue to be played at the best level and maintain a standard of excellence, we have to grow and develop every aspect of the game. That means taking care of the officials. By providing training and development, and ensuring adequate compensation, the standard and value of the official and his/her duties will increase resulting in the elevation of the game.”

“To protect and grow the game of basketball we believe that the implementation of a training program for officials beginning at the youth level will not only develop the next generations of officials, but create new career opportunities for young people before unseen.” King goes on to say, “By appealing to youth and young adults, we give students another option to playing, coaching, or being a sports administrator. As officials, you become keepers of the game; a hybrid athlete who has complete knowledge and authority of the game helping maintain the safety of players and spectators, as well as managing the flow of the game.”


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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.”