Quick Note from the owner...
"SoCo is committed to upholding the standard of sportsmanship before, during, and after basketball games. We understand the importance of keeping the integrity of the game alive for youth to enjoy for years to come.  We honor the referees of Southern Colorado for doing the job that few are cut out to do. Basketball is fun because of it's fast pace and unpredictable turn of events.  With this comes close calls, judgement decisions, and situations that are objective. Although SoCo and our refs work hard towards doing our best,  anyone who demands perfection has chosen the wrong game to follow. We live in a day and age where some have lost perspective of what youth sports are all about. Please remember that basketball was created to be a game, not a vehicle for people to take out the stresses of their lives. SoCo Basketball was started for everyone to enjoy the BEST sport ever, and for kids of the Pikes Peak region to stay active.  Have fun, stay focused."  Dan Hugill - SoCo Co-Owner

Official Communication Procedure 

  1. Coaches and Parents should never try to talk to an official before or after a contest on a game day. This the most intense and emotional time for all parties involved and is not the time or the place for a meeting about specific issues with your team or game. Please respect the officials and the need for them to be focused on the task at hand.

    Mistakes will be made on every aspect of the game from athletes to coaches to referees. Let’s provide a good example for our youth. Together we will make this the best learning experience for all. It is in our nature as coaches to want every call for our athletes. But, from a referee’s perspective every call they make someone will be upset. Treat them with respect and be the bigger person; it will make dealing with an issue much smoother.

    Coaches and Parents will not confront referees after a game has been completed

    • Coaches, it is your job to control your parents.
    • Coaches, only the head coach is allowed to speak with a referee during the game.
    • Parents, please set a good example for your children. Being negative towards referees before, during, or after a contest is unnecessary.

    To file an official complaint about the officiating these steps must be followed:

    1. Wait the mandatory 24-hour “cool down” period.

    2. Go to socobball.com and fill out and “Official Complaint Form”. All information must be filled in. The only complaints that we will consider will be from the Designated Team Rep or Head Coach. NO PARENT COMPLAINTS WILL BE REVIEWED.

    3. If the call was a 50-50 call (charge/block, 3 vs.2, etc.) we will not review the call. Judgement calls are a part of the sport.

    4. Think to yourself, did I escalate the situation in any way?

    5. Send form to [email protected] and Dave Thomas will begin reviewing complaints starting after the 24-hour wait period.


    6. After complaints are reviewed and we have communicated with our head of officials, SOCO will make contact with the appropriate parties on whether or not action will be taken.

    7. All decisions made by SOCO are final.

    Official Complaint Form

NFHS Rule Changes 2017-2018 Season

  1. 1-13-2: The coaching box shall be outlined outside the side of the court on which the scorer's and timer's table and team benches are located. The area shall be bounded by a line drawn 28 feet from the end line towards the Division line. At this point a line drawn from the sideline toward the team bench becomes the end of the coaching box going towards the end line.
    Note: State Associations may alter the length and placement of the 28 foot (maximum)coaching box.
    Effective Immediately. Tape may be used to extend the 14-foot line to 28 feet.
    Rationale: The restriction of the coaching box penalizes the level of communication between coach and player. Allowing a coach freedom to move within the new box between the 28’ mark and the end line provides a coach more access to coach his/her players.

    2-9-1: When a foul occurs, an official shall signal the timer to stop the clock. The official shall verbally inform the offender, then with finger(s) of two hands, indicate to the scorer the number of the offender and the number of free throws.
    Rationale: To minimize foul reporting errors, that occur between the officials and the scorekeepers when the information gets lost in the translation. Two handed reporting is easier for the scorekeepers to see and comprehend in addition to being less confusing.
    3-4-1d: There are no color/design restrictions in the area of the team jersey from the imaginary line at the base of the neckline to the top of the shoulder and in the corresponding area on the back of the jersey. There are restrictions on what identifying names may be placed in this area (see Article 3-4-4).
    Rationale: Provide guidance on the forthcoming restrictions for this area of the jersey.
    3-4-4: Identifying name(s) shall adhere to the following:
    a. If used, lettering with school name, school’s nickname, school logo, player’s nameand /or abbreviation of the official school name shall be placed horizontally on the jersey.
    b. The panel in the shoulder area of the jersey on the back may be used for placing an identifying name as well.
    Rationale: Provide guidance to persons purchasing uniforms in determining what wording should go onto the jersey.
    4-48 NEW: Warning for Coach/Team Conduct
    A warning to a coach/team for misconduct is an administrative procedure by an official, which is recorded in the scorebook by the scorer and reported to the Head Coach:
    Art. 1 . . . For conduct, such as that described in rule 10-5-1a,b,d,e,f; 10-5-2; 10-5-4 the official shall warn the head coach unless the offense is judged to be major, in which case a technical foul shall be assessed. Note: A warning is not required prior to calling a technical foul.
    Art. 2 . . . For the first violation of rule 10-6-1, the official shall warn the head coach unless the offense is judged to be major, in which case a technical foul shall be assessed. Note: A warning is not required prior to calling a technical foul.
    Rationale: Stopping play and making sure that the bench and the coach know that an official warning has been given, sends a clear message to everyone in the gym and impacts the behavior of the coach, and in some cases the behavior of the opposing coach. This change in behavior creates a better atmosphere and many times avoids the need to administer a technical foul.