NATIONAL OFFICIATING CONFERENCE 2022.

We are pleased to announce the National Officiating Conference 2022 which will bring together the officiating family for the first time since September 2019.

The conference will take place at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September 2022.

NOC is aimed at the following groups: 

This year's NOC is taking place in person at the home of Basketball England after a break owing to the coronavirus pandemic. We hope that you will be able to join us in what we hope will be a very special event.

Above we have listed the target groups for our conference however we do welcome officials who are operating outside of these leagues. We will host one Regional Officiating Conference in each region.

Friday night will be the fitness test for referees, Saturday will be sessions for everybody (referees, table officials, statisticians, officiating coaches and tutors), with Sunday being for referees, officiating coaches and tutors only. On Saturday evening, there will be the conference dinner; the venue of which is still to be revealed!

The delegate fee to this year's NOC is £110 for referees, £70 for table officials and statisticians, which includes the conference dinner. There are no hotel options in the sign up form however we are in discussions with local hotels and hope to provide discount codes to assist you in booking any accommodation you require as soon as possible.

The delegate fee for this year's NOC is:

  • Referees - £110
  • Table Officials - £70
  • Statisticians - £70
  • Officiating Coaches & Tutors - FREE*

*If you should attend the conference as either a referee, table official or statistician, then you are required to pay the delegate fee as listed. 

The fee for the ROCs is £10 and details of these dates will be made available in the near future.

Use the button at the bottom of this webpage to sign up to the conference. The deadline for our early bird pricing is Friday 1 July!

Basketball England National Instructor Kate Unsworth delivers an Individual Officiating Technique session at NOC 2019.

Simon Unsworth, Delivery Manager - Officiating, said: 

"After so long, we are ecstatic that we can get everyone back in one room and meet face-to-face which we know a lot of officials have been hoping for. We have taken learnings from the previous two years to help make our conferences more accessible, but cannot wait to be able to deliver practical learning and to say hello to people we haven't seen in three years or so.

"Regional Conferences will also officially return in September of this year following the National Officiating Conference, so those officials who want to come and receive the latest information who aren't necessarily in our target audience have a more local opportunity available to them."

NBL Referee Criteria 2022/23

NBL referees are expected to run fitness tests at either NOC or a ROC. We are not accepting referees running their own fitness tests this year.

The fitness test is the multi-stage fitness test where you are required to run 20 metre shuttles at increasing speed following an audio track (which can be found here). If at any point during the fitness test you feel unwell, you must stop. We recommend that you practice the fitness test prior to attending.

Based on your age/gender you are required to achieve this number of laps:

Like previous years, we will use the testportal site for this year's rules test. You will be asked 25 questions from the bank of questions that will be made available on 15 July. The test will be active from Monday 15 August to Sunday 28 August. The test will be based on the current rules.

Group A & B referees are expected to attend NOC, with Groups C - E expected to attend a ROC (or NOC if they so choose) and successfully complete the rules test and fitness test to be eligible for games 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 Official and Statistician Criteria 2022/23

We encourage all table officials and statisticians who wish to officiate in the NBL to sign up NOC and take full advantage of the learning that is available.

Appointments to prestigious games will be prioritised for those that attended National Officiating Conference and passed the rules test.

Like previous years, we will use the testportal site for this year's rules test. You will be asked 25 questions from the bank of questions that will be made available on 15 July. The test will be active from Monday 15 August to Sunday 28 August. The test will be based on the current rules. A resit is available for those that are unsuccessful at the rules test.