For a game of basketball to take place there needs to be either two or three referees. These referees are on the court and are responsible of stopping the game by blowing their whistle when there is rules infringment. Referees make decisions such as deeming when a player has committed a foul or a violation, when a basket has been scored and much more. Referees work together with the table officials and the statisticians to ensure the fairness and accuracy of the game.
You need to be fit to referee, but it is also a great way to keep fit, make new friends and be involved in the sport you love!
Aimed at complete beginners who want a better knowledge of the game: whether an under-16 player just starting out in the officiating world; a parent; or a novice looking to get into the sport. This online course gives an insight into the basic mechanics of refereeing, violations and fouls.
Aimed at beginners who have experience as a player or have attended the Level 1 course. This course gives an in-depth experience of the general rules of the game and provides you with the teaching so that you can referee games in your local area on a weekly basis.
Aimed at those who want to referee at the highest domestic level. The course is a season and a half long and allows you to gain experience of high-level senior National League games. It is broken down into a pre-assessment phase and an assessment phase. To be considered for the Level 4 Award you must have attended the National Officiating Conference in the current season.