Basketball England is striving to develop the quality and quantity of our officiating workforce and increase the number of female officials within our sport.


Players get quicker, stronger and more creative. Teams work harder, cover more distance and face more challenges, both on and off the court. As the game changes, the role of the official can never be underestimated.

The officiating pathway is open to all and provides the opportunity to obtain a variety of officiating roles within the game from actively overseeing the game as a referee to recording the score or keeping time as a table official.

Basketball England aims to provide affordable and attainable officials education to those interested in officiating basketball.

There are a number of ways to get involved with officiating to suit your skills and interests, from entry Level 1, through to highly experienced Level 4:

  • Referees – this is the on-court version of officiating, being physically active within the game and making decisions to enforce the rules of the game.
  • Table Officials – these are officials that are seated at a table and responsible for managing the game time and recording of scores, fouls and time-outs. They communicate with players, coaches and other officials throughout the full game.
  • Statisticians – also seated at a table, statisticians are responsible for keeping track of more detailed parts of the game, including scores, fouls, rebounds, turnovers, steals, blocks and much more.

Benefits include

  • Chance to develop personal skills and skills of others
  • Improves fitness
  • Gives something back to the local community
  • Opportunity to socialise and meet new people

For officiating opportunities and guidance please click HERE