FIBA Information for all Officials, and Summer 2018 CPD Opportunity

For all officials and the wider basketball community, we now have the latest version of interpretations from FIBA that came into force on 1 February 2018.

The aim of the interpretations document is to convert the principles and concepts of the official FIBA rule book into practical and specific situations as they might arise during a regular basketball game. The interpretations of the different situations can then be used to complement an initial detailed study of the rules themselves.

Areas such as control of the ball, time outs and substitutions, player injuries and injury breaks, travelling, dribbling and more are all explained in practical situations, with reference to the appropriate rules. Only some parts of the interpretations have received an update here, but it always good to be familiar with this document.

Basketball England's Delivery Manager Simon Unsworth said, "The updated interpretation came into place on 1 February and should be implemented with immediate effect. Please take time to digest the contents in preparation for any upcoming games that you have. The game has advanced a lot in the last 10 years and with that, so have the rules. The update to the interpretations bring clarity to some game situations that were previously potential grey areas when trying to apply a rule. Other changes are simply grammatical. Ultimately this makes an official's job much easier and provides a better understanding to everybody involved in the game."

For any official wishing to brush up on their knowledge or take a further interest, we have included a link to the interpretations document below as well as links to the current FIBA Rules and the FIBA Mechanics Manual.

Nationwide Officials Camp


Can Do Basketball, in association with Red Star Belgrade and supported by Basketball England, have finalised details on a referees camp in the summer of 2018.

The camp will run from July 30 to August 3 at Leeds Beckett University and has spaces for 24 referees. The camp staff are confirmed as Alan Richardson, Richard Stokes, David Turner, Roger Harrison and Lahdo Sharro.

For a list of prices as well as details of how to book onto the course, please press the button below.