Fouls and Violations by Kevin Sparrock
10/21/2016 - Bench warmers


  This weeks High School Basketball IAABO Quiz
  1. A-1 is dribbling in the frontcourt and is closely guarded by B-1. As A-1 continues to dribble, B-1 and B-2 switch guarding assignments so that A-1 remains closely guarded. When the switch occurred, the official started a new count. Is the official correct?
  2. While the ball is in flight on a tap by A-1 toward his/her basket, the official inadvertently sounds the whistle. The tap is unsuccessful. The official puts the ball in play using the alternating possession procedure. Is the official correct?
  3. During a jump ball, A-1 taps the ball to A-2 who is airborne from the frontcourt. A-2 catches the ball and throws it to A-3 in the backcourt. The official rules a backcourt violation. Is the official correct?
  4. A-1 and B-1 begin to fight while the ball is dead. A-6 and A-7 enter the playing court. B-6 also enters the playing court and begins fighting with A-6. The official charges A-1, A-6, A-7, B-1 and B-6 with flagrant technical fouls, team A coach with two indirect technical fouls, team B’s coach with one indirect technical foul, team A with three team fouls, team B with two team fouls and awards team B two free throws plus a throw-in at the division line opposite the scorer’s table. Is the official correct?
  5. While team A has the ball out of bounds under the alternating possession procedure, the official rules a double personal foul. The official gives the ball back to team A and instructs the scorer to turn the arrow when the ball is touched inbounds. Is the official correct?

    1. No   4-12, 9-10-1a, 4-10
    2. Yes  4-12-6, 4-36-2c
    3. Yes  9-9-1, 4-42-5a
    4. Yes  10-6-8 & 9
    5. Yes  4-36-2b

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:25:00 +0000
How important is body language?
 For a referee body language is everything. How we are perceived and how do we perceive ourselves? I wanted to share this wonderful Ted Talk by Social psychologist Amy Cuddy.  "Power Posing"_standing in a posture of confidence,  even when you don't feel confident - can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Please click on the link below

Happy traveling.


Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:42:00 +0000
This weeks High School Basketball IAABO Quiz
This weeks Quiz. Lets see if you know your High School Basketball rules.

  1. During an interrupted dribble, the official inadvertently sounds the whistle. The official resumes play using the alternating possession procedure. Is the official correct?
  2. A1 jumps into the air and intercepts a pass. A1, while still in the air, throws the ball to the floor. A1 returns to the floor and catches the ball with both hands and starts a dribble. The official rules this legal play. Is the official correct?
  3. During a jump ball, the ball becomes live when the ball is legally touched. Is this correct?
  4. A1, who is in the frontcourt, has the ball batted away from him/her. While attempting to recover the ball, A1 bats the ball as it is rolling toward the division line. A2, who is in the backcourt near the division line, and with the ball still in frontcourt, bats it to A1. The official rules a backcourt violation. Is the official correct?
  5. Following a time-out A1, who is to attempt a one and one, delays outside the semi-circle. The official charges A1 with a technical foul. Is the official correct?

  1. No   4-12-2c, 4-36-2a
  2. No   4-15-1, 4-15-4a
  3. No   6-1-2a
  4. Yes  9-9-1
  5. No   4-38, 10-3-5c

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:28:00 +0000
This weeks High School Basketball IAABO Quiz
This weeks Quiz. Lets see if you know your High School Basketball rules.
  1. A1 is pushed by B1 while attempting a shot. The official calls a personal foul on B1 and awards A1 two shots with players in their lane positions. Is the official correct?
  2. A1 is fouled by B1. A1 subsequently pushes B1. The official calls a personal foul on B1 and a technical foul on A1. Is the official correct?
  3. B1 is called for an intentional foul on A1 who is in the act of shooting a successful 2 point attempt. The official lines the teams up for 2 free throws. Is the official correct?
  4. B1 has the ball and A2 and B2 foul each other at approximately the same time. The official calls a double personal fowl and awards the ball to Team A which has the possession arrow. Is the official correct?
  5. A1 is dribbling the ball in front court when A2 sets an illegal screen on B1. Team B is in the bonus. The official awards the ball to Team B at the spot nearest the foul. Is the official correct?

  1. Yes 4-19-1; 10-3-7
  2. Yes 4-19-1; 10-3-7
  3. No 4-19-3; 9-11-4
  4. No 4-19-6; 4-36
  5. Yes 12-2-2; 7-5-4a

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:51:00 +0000

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 03:51:00 +0000

New Art

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 03:51:00 +0000
Quote of the Week:
"Flowers only bloom when they are ready.  People are the same way.  You cannot rush or force them open just because you think it's time.  Be patient."

~ Timber H. ~

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:28:00 +0000
A New Season. A New Process.
Yes, a new basketball season is upon us. So I have a new drawing process.  Thanks to the IPad Pro and the Apple Pencil I've rebooted the Fouls and Violations Webcomic. I just had to.  And it was time. Look for new updates and a fresh design.

Please view my Youtube video of the drawing process.

Happy Traveling.

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:08:00 +0000
Some Daily Art

Here’s some daily art. Jeff Smith, who works in the WNBA, celebrated a birthday this weekend. As a gift, his family commissioned me to come up with a caricature. Enjoy.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:45:00 +0000
Quote of the Day:
"Your goals deserve commitment, show it respect."

Ronnie Nijmeh

Thu, 26 May 2011 21:09:00 +0000
Being Wrong
Being wrong isn't fatal, it's merely something we'd prefer to avoid. We have the privilege of being wrong. Not being wrong on purpose, of course, but wrong as a cost on the way to being right.
Seth Godin

Sat, 21 May 2011 13:37:00 +0000
Quote of the Day
"Relationships improve when the person being listened to feels understood, empathically listened to, and not judged."

Carl Rogers

Wed, 11 May 2011 01:33:00 +0000

“Cheater!” That’s what a fan called me after I called a blocking foul. I didn’t know the coaches, the players, or the fans. I never met the player’s parents or their cousins. The tournament was in the Bronx. I’m a kid from Brooklyn. The only connection I had to anyone at the game was with the guy who ran the tournament. That conversation lasted 30 seconds on the phone a week prior to the game. So you see, there was NO connection to anyone affiliated with the game. But at 5:50 of the first quarter at a 4th grade kids game …I was a “Cheater.”

Tue, 10 May 2011 02:21:00 +0000
Quote of the Day:
“You can't applaud a referee.”
Alex Ferguson
Manager, Manchester United Football

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 04:49:00 +0000

Flat front pants are back in style. They’ve actually been in style for a few years but I’ve been in denial. I like/ love pleated pants. Don’t get me wrong; I have flat front dress pants, suit pants and khaki’s. For a night out on the town: Flat Front Pants. For working in an office: Flat Front Plants. For Refereeing Basketball: PLEATED PANTS.

When my basketball journey began in 1998, we where wearing flat front pants. These pants where made with a fire swallowing polyester fabric. You’d catch fire if you stood to close to a radiator. Flat front pants where tight, uncomfortable and left scars. They almost made me give up refereeing basketball.

‘Men shouldn’t wear pleated pants’.

I hear fashion experts say that on talk shows and reality shows. Then you get friends, girlfriends and wives repeating this. I wish they would stop. I think folks are imagining the days of Doctor J and Magic Johnson, with those tight booty shorts. Referees need comfort. All you need is one overweight referee to trump the Magic Johnson visual.

I pray that flat front pants for basketball referee don’t make a come back. That would be a fruitless nightmare.

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:19:00 +0000
Referee Lanyard

A fellow referee told me my lanyard was illegal. I wear a fox 40 lanyard with a cool clasp. The lanyard is a little thicker than usual and a heavier weight. The only difference is that it has multiple Fox 40 logo’s on it. The High School and NCAA rule book specify that players can not wear multiple logo’s on there uniform, but not referees. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.

Folks don’t care. Now if I mess up a block/charge call, the coach will say, “He’s horrible! He can’t get a block /charge call correct. His fat behind can’t get down the court. He’s blind and.....Oh yea, that’s an illegal lanyard. It has multiple logo’s. He’s in violation.” LOL

Hey Fox 40, please make a lanyard without multiple logo’s.

Sat, 16 Apr 2011 19:58:00 +0000
This is your Life.

Thanks to my friend Douglas Hines at Freshmaker Design for sharing this photo. I appreciate the inspiration.
Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:56:00 +0000
How to steal like an artist
I wanted to share this inspiring link. To all of my creative folks, check it out. I have to thank for the link. Enjoy.

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 22:24:00 +0000
The process of redesigning and developing the site is near completion.

New Features:
  1. The 'Random Strip' button. You no longer have to go into the archive to start somewhere in the middle. Hit 'Random Strip' and you get to jump somewhere,... anywhere in the middle.
  2. I had a few request to purchase prints of my strip. This is how its done: Locate the strip you want. Take not of the date. Select 'More Original art and Prints'. This puts you into my archive. Select the strip and you will be prompted to purchase the art through paypal. Purchase and wait. Hopefully not to long. Give me 7-10 days.
  3. Now you can comment directly on my blog post. Please be courteous, this is a family strip. That means no cussing or lewd comments. If you have to ask if its OK to say something, it probably isn't.

I'm excited. I hope you are. Thanks for your patience.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:30:00 +0000
"Old-school Sunday-paper goodness"

I love creating the webcomic Fouls and Violations. I never put a lot of thought on how people saw my work. This was a project I’ve always dreamed of doing.

I want to thank the 3AM Comic for the review of my webcomic, Fouls and Violations. Even if it was a bad review I probably would be excited that someone took the time to look at my work. Thanks for your blessings. I truly appreciate the love

Please check out this link: 3AM Comic

Or go to 3AM Comics post on April 9, 2010.

Safe travels.

Just in Case you missed the posting.....Read below.

Not a comic, don’t read

APRIL 9, 2010
by teax2

I don’t like not posting comics. But I don’t like going too long without ANY post at all either, and technically you’re going to get comics in this post, just not from ME. Here are a couple I’ve found to be pretty cool, by other people, who manage to update more than I do. A LOT more.

Ever wondered what it’s like to ref amateur basketball? I haven’t either. But while Kevin Sparrock’s art is old-school Sunday-paper goodness, the humor is anything but used-up.

Just read this from the beginning. TRUST ME. Of particular hilariousness to people who have collected all seven emeralds and fifty rings in Casino Night Zone Act 2 and beat the electric sphere boss in 7.5 seconds.

Anyway, I’m at work on a script and its art will likely appear here in the next couple of weeks. Script Frenzy is so great. But getting feedback on your ideas is even better.

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 16:36:00 +0000

On February 24, 2010, I ran a series of strips about the subject halitosis. What inspired my thoughts was my inability to get teams out of the timeout huddles. There where things that really annoyed coaches. Like blowing your whistle, which in some leagues you’re not supposed to do. Or speaking loud or shouting to get there attention. This is also annoying and totally work against you.

So one day, I decided to have onion soup for lunch and skip the breath mints before the game. When a team didn’t leave the huddle, I spoke very calmly, “First horn.” Two players spun their heads around and said, “What the f&%#@.” Incredibly each player would back further away from me the more I encroached on their huddle.

I had another discovery that game. Coaches avoided long conversations with me. I think they where afraid to tell me, ‘You stink’. In fear that I would give them a technical foul.

What a thrill, a game with little to no conversation with coaches. I’m not sure it would work every game, but for forty minutes, life was grand.

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 19:32:00 +0000
Jack Plunkett

Long time women's college basketball referee Jack Plunkett passed away this season of a heart attack. Jack Plunkett, 56, is survived by his wife, Sue, and five children. The family lives in Jenkintown, PA.

Fellow division 1 official Warren Harding said, “Most people can’t name all the referees that worked the last three Final Fours. That’s because the greatest impact you make in life are not in your accomplishments but in how you help others around you.”

I met Jack Plunkett this summer. He was one of the instructors teaching about mechanics and positioning. He critiqued my performance once. He didn’t say much. He said enough. I never got an opportunity to speak with him again. What has been more profound to me is how after his death he has been able to impact so many. In a short period of time, I learned how wonderful a person Jack Plunkett was. Jack Plunkett, you should know that your peers have spoken so impeccably about your influence in there lives. You are loved and the referee community misses you.

Sat, 06 Mar 2010 01:04:00 +0000
Opinions are like Butt holes
Opinions are like Butt holes.
Everyone has one.
I’m always amazed how a referee/ observer/ fan can say that one referee is ‘Great’. And another referee/ observer/ fan can say that same official is ‘Horrible’. I always wonder where people base their opinions. I’ve worked with plenty of officials who were labeled great and I walked away saying, “This greatness should be relabeled loser”. On the flip side I’ve encountered someone labeled, “horrible” and I wondered if this idea of horrible could be bottled and preserved.

The impression you get from working with a referee is totally different from the impression an observer gets from watching someone from the stands. I guess it all depends on your pet peeve. I had a referee who didn’t like working with me because I called in there subs. I had an official hate me because I had a double whistle on a foul. I had a referee label me horrible because I didn’t stand in the proper timeout position. I wonder if these peeves had anything to do with basketball.

I also have this delusional thought that I know what is important and what makes a good referee. I care if a referee has my back. Don’t sell me out to dry to a supervisor. Tell the whole truth. I messed up one play with two seconds remaining in the game and you messed up five plays. I don’t care if you blow in my primary, just be right. Oh yea, be a good person first. See I told you...delusional.

See there’s someone out there who has worked with me and used the words horrible and terrible. The truth is, they’re probably right. That day I probably did something that was there referee pet peeve. Chances are, I likely had a bad game. Or, I had my gas face on. That never goes over well with my partners. I wonder if they were right. Am I horrible? Who’s opinion should you listen to? Should I really care?

This season I had a horrible game. I remember beating myself up about my poor selection of calls and my patience. My fifteen year old daughter who was in attendance turned to me as i kicked myself and said, “Dad, for what its worth, I think you did a great job. I thought it was pretty cool.” Sometimes my daughter can drive me nuts, but her Butt hole opinion is the only one that matters to me.

Safe traveling.

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 18:53:00 +0000

 J-WARE is underwear created by textile experts from the University of Tokyo. One of the astronauts of the Space Shuttle has the pleasure of sporting this odor–free garment. This underwear is designed to kill bacteria, absorb water, insulate the body and dry quickly. It’s also flame-resistant and anti–static proof.  Not to mention it’s comfortable and stylish. (yea right)

This underwear is designed to be worn for an entire week.

After reading this I know that three quarters of the men on the planet are cheering and ALL woman of the world are screaming.  Unless my water at my home mysteriously shuts off, a nuclear disaster, or Nostradamus’ end of the world prediction comes true, I can’t think of any reason to wear the same underwear two days in a row. Let alone a week.  

Unfortunately, there’s some referees out there in love with this product and its not even in stores yet. 

“I can referee three games with the same underwear! Watch out!”  

I know, I know, I hate that visual. 

When I first read about this astronaut, I felt sorry for him. Then I saw his picture before he got on the space shuttle. He had this huge smile from ear to ear. He’s either real happy or can’t wait to get on the space shuttle so he can scratch. In my eyes he’ll forever be known as the “Underwear Dude.” If someone sees him in the airport, people won’t say, “There’s the Space Shuttle Astronaut.”  They’ll say, “That’s the Underwear Dude.” At the mall, “That’s the Underwear Dude.” At the local bodega, “That’s the Underwear Dude.”


Thu, 26 Mar 2009 03:16:00 +0000
Please don't throw him

I refereed a ton of sixth and seventh grade boys' game when I first started. Back then you could work at least four games a day. Basketball junkie was an understatement. These where the games where the parents would scream, stomp and sometimes curse you out. The coaches where just as bad. 

I recall a game where this coach kept giving me crazy beef on every play.  I drew my line in the sand and he crossed it. 

What did he win?

A technical foul and a possible trip to snow covered streets of northern New Jersey.

Of course the coach wouldn’t stop complaining after the first technical.  Just before I decided to send him on his fun filled vacation, one of the kids walked up to me and said, “Please don’t throw him out.  That’s my Dad, he doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

This might have been the only time I could physically feel my jaw drop and eye lids widen. 

This was one of the moments in life where you realize the kids are smarter than the parents. They were content running up and down the court. They were playing on a team. Had a tee shirt with a number on the front.  The referees made it feel official. For these kids, this was their NBA. They were living out there Jordan, Magic and Bird fantasies on the court. These days its Lebron, Kobe, and Wade.They where living the life. I was just blessed to be apart of it.

By the way, I had to get a parent from the bleachers to finish the game after I tossed the coach out the gym. 

Tue, 03 Mar 2009 13:27:00 +0000

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