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 broke down into a pre-assessment phase and an assessment phase. To be considered for the Level 4 Award, you must meet the pre requisites and requirements below.
8 January 2021 to 1 May 2022*
Pre-assessment phase: 8 January 2021 to 15 September 2021
Assessment phase: 16 September 2021 to 1 May 2022*
*Please note that the date may extend if the course continues to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The cost to enroll onto the course (pre-assessment phase) is £75, with a further £150 to be charged if you are accepted as a candidate in September 2021 (assessment phase).
You must have been a Group B referee for at least two years, and have refereed at least 15 NBL Division One games in that period
Attended National Officiating Conference in the current season, and passed both the rules and fitness test*
Performing well at the appropriate level and this has been reflected in your game reports from Referee Coaches for games completed in the current season
Have the capacity to reflect on performance, analyse and provide electronic visual feedback
In your application you must:
Submit the names and contact details of two references who would support your application by providing a supporting statement or reference, and:
Have achieved the FIBA Referee qualification and have officiated with you in the past 12 months in NBL competition, or
Are an approved Referee Coach for the current season
Detail the experience you have gained, including attendance at training and development events such as the National Officiating Conference, and other continued professional development officiating event(s) inside or outside of the UK, which demonstrates you as being a strong candidate for the award
Demonstrate good spoken and written English
*Fitness test requirements are 86 laps for males, and 66 laps for females
Should you be accepted on to the Level 4 pre-assessment phase, you will be required to fulfil your games as normal. Referee Coaches will be assigned to a number of your games and provide feedback, which will be part of the decision to accept you onto the assessment programme.
Events that will be utilised to see your performance during the Level 4 pre-assessment phase are:
EABL, ABL, WEABL & Schools Finals - TBC
BUCS Finals – TBC
Senior Playoff Finals – TBC
Junior Final Four – TBC
Howell Shield Elite Referee Clinic or Future Stars Tournament – August 2021 TBC
Attendance at the Howell Shield Elite Referee Clinic or Future Stats Tournament is mandatory to complete the Level 4 pre-assessment phase if the events do take place. The cost of this clinic is not covered by the Level 4 course cost and would need to be covered by the candidate.
In order to progress to the Level 4 assessment phase, you are required to attend the National Officiating Conference 2021 and pass the rules and fitness test.
Upon invitation to the Level 4 phase, you will be allocated an experienced, trained and highly qualified personal Referee Coach. They will support you and your learning progress throughout the course. This will include feedback on game performance, rules & interpretations, and other general support. You may be appointed to work alongside each other at individual games or in tournaments. You will also be observed by a Referee Coach at games and in tournaments.
Events that will be utilised to see your performance during the Level 4 assessment phase are:
Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament – December 2021 TBC
Senior Cup Finals – February 2022 TBC
BUCS Finals – March 2022 TBC
Senior Playoff Finals – April 2022 TBC
Alongside practical game assessments, during the assessment phase of the course, there will be a written exam that you are required to pass the course.
Upon invitation to the Level 4 assessment phase, you will receive a detailed timeline of all meetings including 1:1s with your Referee Coach and meetings with the whole Level 4 programme.
At the end of the assessment period, the Delivery Manager will communicate with your Referee Coach, and anyone else deemed necessary and make one of the following recommendations:
Award you the Level 4 qualification and inform the BBL Officials Supervisor of this
Extend your assessment period
Not competent, able to reapply when the course next opens
Should you wish to appeal this recommendation, you may do this within 10 business days of notification stating your reason(s). Your appeal will be reviewed by the Delivery Manager with any of the program lead(s).