As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have decided that we will move to online delivery utilising the Zoom platform for the conference.
Following the success of the recent Officiating Webinars, we have broken the conference into weekday and weekend sessions. The first session will be on Wednesday 23 September and we have scheduled sessions until Wednesday 7 October.
While the content is aimed at those working in the NBL, we welcome officials who are operating outside of these leagues.
The agenda has been collated following a review of Hive Learning, Officiating Coach Reports and Self-Evaluations. We have worked with the British Basketball League's Officiating Supervisor in putting together a programme that accommodates the learning needs for all officials.
There is a nominal cost to this year's conference: £30 for referees, £20 for table officials. This helps secure top-class instructors to provide a high-level conference.
Each conference delegate will receive a one-time use discount code for 10% off officiating products on the Basketball England shop.
Long standing NBL, BBL & FIBA referee Dale Aitcheson taking part in last season's Individual Officiating Technique practical session.
"Moving to an online conference is a positive step to ensuring that we can update our officials and pass on vital learning before the season commences. The recent webinars have helped us realise that we can be more flexible with the timings of the sessions and have more reach with the officials that attend.
"We are excited that we are keeping the tradition of having a National Officiating Conference but are re-imagining the delivery during these unprecedented times.
"We have spoken closely to colleagues in the officiating community who have delivered virtual sessions during the pandemic. By doing so we have come to the conclusion that breaking up the sessions into different days and including weekday sessions is a better solution to reach optimum learning.
"This year we see huge changes in the way that table officials operate with the latest rule changes with FIBA. On top of this we are removing the divide between BE and FIBA mechanics by adopting the FIBA mechanics (which have changed for this year) for all games. This, coupled with the removal of the traditional scoresheet from Basketball England competitions, possibly makes this the most important updates for table officials in recent years."
NBL referees are being asked to video their own fitness tests. We are now accepting submissions. The guidance is available using the button below.
Like last year, we will use the testportal site for this year's rules test. You will be asked 25 of the 100 questions that are available below. The test will be active from Monday 14 September to Sunday 20 September.
NBL referees are expected to attend all pre-season sessions and successfully complete the rules test and fitness test to be eligible for nominations at their competency level. A resit is available for those that are unsuccessful at the rules test but will receive restricted appointments for the first three weeks of the season.
NBL table officials who wish to be considered for Basketball England's finals are expected to attend all table official sessions and pass the rules test.
Agenda is subject to change.