Become an Official

If you want to officiate and be registered with Basketball England once you are qualified, you need to register and get a license. There are a couple of ways to do this depending on the level of matches you wish to officiate.

Getting started
You need to log into or create a membership account then follow the process of creating a registration form, adding the officiating products and paying for your licence.

Officiating in Local League, Junior National League, School, College or University Competitions
If you want to officiate in any competition below the Senior National League only then you need to log into or create a membership account then follow the process of creating a registration form, adding the officiating products and paying for your licence. The membership Officer will receive this payment and send you a license card in the post.

Officiating in the Senior National League
If you’re officiating the Senior National League, you need to get a specific licence for this and there are a few bits of criteria you must fit with to be able to do this. Basketball England will create a registration form for you which you will submit and pay for in your account. You should also send a photograph of yourself by email which can be placed on your license card that we send. If a registration form has not been created for you in your account please contact our Officials Participation and Development Officer.

Below are a list of licensing options.

Leagues under Senior National League

Adult Official (Referee or/and Table Official) £15.00 Register Now!
U18 Official (Referee or/and Table Offical)  £10.00 Register Now!

Senior National League

U18 Table Official £22.50 Register Now!
U18 Referee £35.00 Register Now!
Adult Table Official £27.50 Register Now!
Adult Referee £40.00 Register Now!

Senior National League Requirements - Referee

  • You must be a level 3 or above candidate (Experienced level 2 referees aspiring to complete a level 3 qualification that season could be considered)
  • You need to attend our National Officiating Conference so we can make sure you’re up to date with your fitness and rules. Download and practice the fitness test here
  • Once licensed you will be able to sign into your account and amend your own personal calendar and indicate which dates you are available to referee. Referees will be allocated to games three weeks in advanced.

Official Physical Fitness Test for Referees

 This is a multi-stage test which involves running without stopping for ten minutes on a 20 metre course. A pre-recorded audio prescribes the speed at which the candidate must run, which increases in stages as the test progresses. At every sound signal the candidate must touch the 20 metre line and return to the starting line in time for the next sound signal.

Please contact our Officials Participation and Development Officer if you wish to apply for an exemption from the fitness test.



Total Number of Laps



60 & above

41 & above



50 & above

40 & under



41 & above




40 & under




Referees officiating in the BBL are required to achieve 86 laps

Referee Appointments
Our nominations guru over here will then allocate your games for the season. If you need to get hold of him urgently regarding injury or availability you can get him on the below details.

In the meantime if you require any more information contact our Officials Participation and Development Officer.

For Junior National League, Local leagues, Schools and recreation, it is the teams that assign their own officials to their games or in some cases there is a local officials assignment officer that will complete this task for that league or completion. If you have no contact details for any local teams or competitions in your area then please get in contact with our Officials Participation and Development Officer.

Senior National League Requirements - Table Official

If you’re a table official wanting to take on Senior National League games we ask you to be level 2 qualified or above and hopefully you’ll have attended our conference. Teams and clubs themselves allocate the table officials for their games.

Minimum Table Official Requirements

Level 3 (no. of TO) Level 2 (no. of TO)
NBL Division 1 Men 3 0
NBL Division 2 Men 2


NBL Division 3 Men 1 2
NBL Division 4 Men 1 2
NBL Division 1 Women 2 1
NBL Division 2 Women 1 2

If you want to be able to both referee and table referee, as long as you register as a referee it will cover you to do both. What’s great about registering for Senior National League, is that it will cover you to referee at all levels below National League too. Even if you register as a Senior National League table official – you can referee at local level and recreationally.

All licenses listed above cover the official for all registered local leagues, university leagues, and both Senior and Junior National League matches.

For more information on membership for officiating local league only, go to our membership section

Improve as an official
We have a whole section of our site dedicated to Basketball England helping to make you a better official. For more information on further qualifications, support and experience go to our improve as an official part of the site.

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