Thoughts from a whistle blower

Veteran hoops official shares insight on what it takes to wear the stripes


Longtime local basketball official Frank Vitt, right, looks on during a recent tournament game between Bellefontaine and Urbana. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

Frank Vitt has experienced the game of basketball from every angle.

The West Liberty resident played the sport in his younger days before coaching it for 10 years. For the last 25 basketball seasons, he has been in the middle of the action as a high school official.

Vitt has also officiated the college game for 22 years, working mostly contests at the NCAA Division III and NAIA levels.

In addition to his officiating duties, he continues to serve as the assignor of officials for the Central Buckeye Conference and Ohio Heritage Conference, as well as five small colleges and 19 junior high schools.

To help teach young officials, Vitt has operated an officials camp at Wittenberg University for 10 years.

He recently shared his views on the current state of officiating, touching on topics ranging from dealing with coaches and fans to what it takes to become a successful official.


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