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 2019-2020 Season

  1. INDIANAPOLIS — Five of the seven rules changes in high school basketball concern player equipment, including new uniform provisions that will be required in the 2024-25 season.

    All seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
    Basketball Rules Committee at its April 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    Effective with the 2024-25 season, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself.
    Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the
    contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult to see in many cases. The other two options
    in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect.

    A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms.
    Four other changes were approved in Rule 3 – Players, Substitutes and Equipment. A new rule, 3-5-8, provides
    recommendations for use of a mouthguard. Though not required, the committee noted that state associations may
    deem a tooth and mouth protector required equipment.

    A note was added to Rule 3-5-5 to permit folding or rolling the shorts at the natural waistband seam. The new
    language does state that the shorts have to be in compliance with Rule 3-4-5, which restricts uniform pants/skirts to
    one visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference.

    Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee, said this addition to Rule 3-5-5 modernizes the rule and allows players to adjust the shorts in a manner that serves no harm to the game or its integrity.

    The other equipment changes deal with headbands and hair-control devices in Rule 3-5-4. The maximum width of the headband was expanded from 2 inches to 3 inches to be consistent with the rules for volleyball and accommodate athletes who play both sports. In addition, in 3-5-4d, haircontrol devices are not required to meet color restrictions. Wynns noted that a hair-control device goes around the hair only, while a headband goes around the entire head.

    In another change, assistant coaches now will be able to go onto the court with the head coach in an effort to restore order when a fight breaks out among play “It can be difficult for officials to separate players involved in a fight on the court,” Wynns said. “This change will allow assistant coaches to enter the court with the head coach to assist officials in regaining control of the situation and restoring player safety.”

    The final change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee is a change in the signal when a held ball occurs. Now, when a held ball occurs, the covering official(s) shall stop the clock using Signal #2 (straight arm, open palm extended) while simultaneously sounding the whistle. “This change should help to alleviate conflicting calls by officials when a held ball occurs,” Wynns said. “We currently raise one arm to stop the clock for everything except the jump/held ball.”

    According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, basketball is the third-most popular sport for boys with 551,373 participants in 18,510 schools and the third-most popular sport for girls with 412,407 participants in 18,171 schools.​