How to improve

You want to improve as an official, or you’re just setting out on your pathway to becoming one.

In this section, you will find all the courses available to you to become a basketball official and progress through the stages. You will also find information on what to do if you want to improve your style and gain more experience.

We will also give you more information where to find a course and what to do next.

It is a well known fact officials are a fundamental reason why sport is the successful phenomenon it is. Without them, we would have no rules and there would be nothing to stop one team having 20 players, or playing with two balls...or on rollerskates! Here at Basketball England, we recognise how important officials are for the governance of our sport and so we try and provide you with the best qualifications and highest level of support we can to make sure you’re the best official you can be – officiating at whatever level of competition you wish to.

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Qualifications you can get...

Refereeing

Level 1
This is our award aimed at the pure beginner. This four hour course gives an insight into the basic mechanics of refereeing and the violations and fouls that need to be administered. A level 1 referee can officiate school games, youth local leagues and at recreational level. This qualification is aimed at people who want a better knowledge of the game, whether that be an under 16 player just starting out in the officiating world, a parent or a novice entering the world of basketball. This may also be delivered as a Young Official course, which includes both this qualification and the Table Official level 1 (link). It is an introduction to all elements of basketball officiating where you can gauge where you think your talents lie and you get two qualifications at the end of it! Download the assessment criteria from this page and get more information and how to register.

Level 2
This is our award aimed at the beginner; perhaps you have experience as a player or have attended a level 1 course. A level 2 referee is qualified to officiate local league, junior national league. Its 14 hours (not all in one go, don’t worry you are allowed breaks!) and it gives you the knowledge of all the rules in basketbaister.  Download the assessment criteria from this page and get more information and how to register.

Level 3
So you’ve got the basics, you’ve refereed some local league or maybe junior national league games, and you’re ready for more? Level 3 is for you. It is aimed at referees who want to progress to senior national league games. The 16 hour course gives you practical knowledge on game administration and refereeing in games of a higher standard. Download the assessment criteria from this page and get more information and how to register.

Level 4
If you’re interested in refereeing at the highest domestic level, then the level 4 qualification is for you. This is our most credible refereeing qualification and allows you to gain experience of high level senior national league games. The qualification is a season long, so it would require a medium term commitment. But we reckon if you’re interested in level 4 you’re already pretty serious about becoming the best referee you can. And this will get you there! Download the assessment criteria from this page and get more information and how to register.

Table official

Level 1
If you’re interested in a complete introduction to basketball, you’re a pure beginner and want to know more about a table official’s role, then level 1 is where you need to be. It’s 2 hours long, gives you an insight into the basic work of a timekeeper and scorer and will allow you to officiate at school games, youth local leagues and at recreational level. This may also be delivered as a Young Official course, which includes both this qualification and the Referee level 1. It is an introduction to all elements of basketball officiating where you can
gauge where you think your talents lie and you get two qualifications at the end of it! Download the assessment criteria from this page and get more information and how to register.

Level 2
So you took level 1 and realised table officiating is for you? Perfect, this is the place you need to be! Level 2 is aimed at you guys who wish to progress and are potentially interested in officiating senior national league games. The 4-hour course provides deeper knowledge of the roles of the timekeeper and scorer and if you’ve gained lots of experience along the way it may be once you have this qualification we can allocate you some senior national league games. Download the assessment criteria from this page and get more information and how to register.

Level 3
So you can’t get enough of the table officiating?! Good job we can provide a higher qualification then! This is for officials who already regularly operate in the senior national leagues, and are ready for the next stage. Once you have obtained this qualification you can be allocated professional games with the BBL. The 4 hour course expects candidates to show a very high level of practical performance, and we also test your theoretical knowledge. We also give you training on the role of the shot-clock operator. Download the assessment criteria from this page and get more information and how to register.

Licensing
Once you have qualified or you are looking completing your practical assessments game, before you do you are required to register and get a license. Information about this can be found on our Becoming and Official pages.

Regional Coordinators

Some areas of the country have Regional Coordinators who work with officials on a local level. If you’re looking for more experience, guidance or to share ideas in your area, please contact our HQ and request the details of your nearest Regional Coordinator.

Clinics
Basketball England delivers or supports loads of officiating clinics throughout the year. These are aimed to help improve your game experience, help you reach that next qualification you might be striving for and gain feedback on how you’re doing and where you can improve. Go to our clinics pages for more details.



Ian Pollard Development Fund
The Ian Pollard Development Fund (IPDF) was created in honour of the excellent British FIBA referee who was passionate about the development of referees from grass roots to international levels.

The aim of the fund is to help the development of referees throughout the UK, by giving part funding of any relevant activity, course of project that improves the skills, experience and/or technical knowledge of officiating. It’s designed to be used in conjunction with your own investment into becoming a better official.

If you think you can qualify for a grant of this kind, you should download the application form and send to the below address supported by a covering letter.

All applications will be considered by the committee and awards will be allocated in January, April and August of each year.
 
Please forward applications (download here) to:
 
Ian Pollard Development Fund
18 Champions Way
South Woodham Ferrers
Chelmsford, Essex
CM3 5NJ
 
IPDF Trustees - Mandy Pollard, Rob Hickman, Keith Williams, Neil Wilkinson & Dale Aitcheson