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Gopher State Officials Basketball Update - Sept. 30, 2022


MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! The annual Gopher State Basketball meeting will be held at the Brooklyn Park Activity Center (5600 85th Ave N, 55443) on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 6:00pm. More specific details will be sent out as the meeting approaches.


ARBITER - Gopher State Officials has switched from GotOfficials to Arbiter. Arbiter will be the method in which officials will indicate availability, accept/reject assignments, contact schools and partners, receive informational notices, etc. Gopher State Officials is part of the MN Officials Group (112731) along with St. Paul Capital City (SPCC), Suburban Officials, and other officials groups.


RETURNING OFFICIALS - Since Gopher State Officials is transitioning to Arbiter we need all returning officials to send an email to rickdeg@comcast.net indicating whether you plan on officiating basketball this year. If you have an existing Arbiter account, be sure to indicate the email address you are registered under. Once you have communicated to me that you plan on working basketball for Gopher State Officials this year, I will input you into the Arbiter system and you will receive a welcome email from Arbiter outlining the steps you need to take to complete the process. If you do not have an Arbiter account, indicate the email you want to use for Arbiter. DO NOT SET UP AN ARBITER ACCOUNT ON YOUR OWN. I will create an Arbiter account for you and you will then receive a welcome email.


NEW OFFICIALS - If you are new to Gopher State Officials you must complete the Basketball Officials Information Form (available on our website at www.gopherstateofficials.org). If you have an existing Arbiter account, be sure to indicate the email address you are registered under. Once you have communicated to me that you plan on working basketball for Gopher State Officials this year, I will input you into the Arbiter system and you will receive a welcome email from Arbiter outlining the steps you need to take to complete the process. If you do not have an Arbiter account, indicate the email you want to use for Arbiter. DO NOT SET UP AN ARBITER ACCOUNT ON YOUR OWN. I will create an Arbiter account for you and you will then receive a welcome email.


SCRIMMAGES - Gopher State Officials still has some basketball scrimmages that we need assistance covering. I expect more scrimmages openings as the season approaches.


Hopkins is hosting a Girls 12 team scrimmage on Saturday, November 19. There are 6 courts with 3 person crews. Time slots are 9:00 – 10:30am and 10:30am - 12 noon. Pay is $30 for the 90-minute slot.


St Michael is hosting a 10 team Girls Varsity/JV scrimmage on Saturday, November 26. There are 5 courts with 3 person crews. Time slots are 9:30am – 11:30am and 11:30am – 1:30pm. Pay is $40 per slot.


Wayzata is hosting a Girl’s Varsity/JV scrimmage on Saturday, November 26. More details to follow, but we will likely need up to 30 officials (who will be compensated)!!


Please consider signing up by emailing Rick DeGardner at rickdeg@comcast.net. This is a great opportunity for those officials who feel they are ready to work varsity level games to get observed and gain experience with 3 person mechanics.


ASSIGNING UPDATE - Schools are finalizing their basketball schedules. I hope to start assigning basketball games the week of October 17. Even though we have mandated schools schedule some games on non-Tuesdays/Fridays, we expect Tuesdays and Fridays are going to be extremely busy (especially January and February), so please keep as many of those dates open as possible. There are far fewer games in December than the other months.


SELF-ASSIGN - I will be placing several lower-level games on self-assign at some point (I’m still trying to figure the functionality of this Arbiter feature).


INFORMATION IS KING!! The more detailed information you provide me (ie. preferred partner(s), willingness to

travel, etc.) the better chance I have of preparing a schedule that fits your expectations. Please email any information that has changed since last year, or that I amay not be aware of.


MSHSL CERTIFIED? - Even if you only work lower level games, please consider getting varsity certified thru the Minnesota State High School League. Gopher State Officials is assigning many charter schools including Cristo Rey, Cambridge Christian, Liberty Classical, North Lakes, Kaleidoscope, and Groves Academy. The caliber of competition for many of these schools is B/JV levels, yet the official’s pay are varsity rates ($82 for single game). I can only assign officials to these games that are certified thru the MSHSL. If you have never been registered with the MSHSL, its only $15 for the first year, and $30 the second year. In addition to being eligible to work varsity games, you get a rule book and liability insurance. Give me a call if you want more information.


If you only want to work non-varsity contests, you are still required to get certified thru the MSHSL via Arbiter under the Central Hub view. Under the registration tab, there is a 2022-2023 School Year (Lower-Level ONLY) tab.


GOPHER WEBSITE - Our website continues to improve. Information will continue to be updated on our website as we approach the upcoming basketball season. Check it out at www.gopherstateofficials.org!


DUES - Dues this year are $100 if they are paid before November 1, 2022. After that they become $125. (except for new basketball officials to Gopher are exempt from the late fee). There are two methods of payment:


Online - Gopher State Officials is now offering officials the opportunity to pay their dues online at www.gopherstateofficials.org/pay-dues. Basketball dues are $100, plus a $3 processing fee


By check - Send your check for $100 (payable to Gopher State Officials) to:


Gopher State Officials Association

P.O. Box 24052

Minneapolis, MN 55424-9998

OFFICIALS SHORTAGE – The ongoing shortage of officials continues in all sports. Recruit a friend or family member to join us in this great avocation!!


QUESTIONS? – The best way to get hold of me with any questions is via email at rickdeg@comcast.net. I check for email messages several times each day. Check out our website (www.gopherstateofficials.org) to access pertinent information including upcoming meetings, pay rates, training resources, etc.


Rick DeGardner

504 Oak Creek Drive South

Vadnais Heights, MN 55127

Cell) 651-252-8197

E-mail) rickdeg@comcast.net


Gopher State Basketball Officials

Meetings and Training Videos


November 14, 2021 Gopher State Basketball Meeting



January 5, 2021 Gopher State Basketball Meeting



January 31, 2021

Training Session



Inbounds & Slapping the Backboard Play Clarifications

March 3, 2021 Training

March 14, 2021 Section Meeting

MSHSL Officials Training Videos - watch the most recent training video from the High School League below and subscribe.


Most Recent MSHSL Basketball Officiating Training Tape - 2021-22 Video #5


Officials Photos

Above and below: Gopher State officials Craig Laird (r) and Ricky Spencer (c) with Lamar Sullivan of MOA (l) before the 2021 AAAA boys state championship game at Target Center.