With the National League and cup competitions well underway, we would like to share with you some key pieces of information to assist you in your role as an official.
2017/18 Changes to the Official Rules of Basketball
Summary of rules
Art. 7.1 - Duties of the Coach. For Basketball England competitions teams are required to present their team list at least 20 minutes before the scheduled tip time and not the 40 minutes indicated in the new rules.
Art 4.4 - Basketball England will not be enforcing this rule in the case of compression sleeves – players can wear any colour of sleeves and socks they do not have to be the same colour as other players in their team.
Art. 36.3.3 and Art. 37.2.3 - A report is not required in the case where a player is ejected for game disqualification. 2 x player technical foul.
The attached ‘Scoresheet Related Changes’ document shows up to date procedures for the score when completing a scoresheet including time stamp at the end of a game.
Protest Procedures – After the scoresheet has been time stamped, a team captain ftom the team wishing to protest the game should immediate informs the crew chief after the final buzzer of their intention to do so. The team then has 15 minutes in which to make a final decision as to whether they will follow through with the protest or not. If this does not happen then the officials can sign the book to formally end the game.
We now have additional material to assist officials understanding of the new rules
The summary document is available by clicking HERE.
Basketball England new rules presentation HERE
Unsportsmanlike foul video presentation HERE
Travelling rule video presentation HERE
Basketball England, Travelling Video Examples HERE
Revised Scoresheet Manual and Mechanics Manual for Table Officials HERE
Licence Cards Online Platform
The Game Day platform will be used once again to view team license cards as well as your own.
Regulations Pertinent to Officials
We would like all officials to pay special attention of the following regulations, which are pertinent to your role as an official on game day.
Player Eligibility when checking license cards
Junior National League Games
A player(s) are disqualified from a game
A player is injured and has to be cared for accordingly
If an under 18 player is to be ejected from the game and the parents are not in attendance during the game it is down the player’s team themselves to supervise that player. This needs to be someone who is DBS checked and has relevant safeguarding training such as the assistant coach, team manager or team follower (whomever they see fit) and they will supervise the player until the parents/guardians arrive or say otherwise.
All officials should wear the Basketball England uniform for games with the current logo on referee shirts and table official’s polos.
Player license cards, no license no play.
Table official license cards, report any instances where the table official does not present a valid licence card.
Facility, equipment that maybe substandard or not according to BE Regulations should be reported to Basketball England.
A representative from each team should be present at the scorer’s table at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled tip time to conduct s pre-game meeting. If this is not the case please report this to Basketball England.
Assignr Information & Guidance
Assignr.com is the online portal that Basketball England uses to assign officials to its senior national league games. HERE is the guide on how to use the system as well as some additional requirements about what is required once you receive an assignment.
The National League Handbook has now been completed.
Please email Simon Unsworth for details.
Online technology continues to advance and change the way people communicate and interact on a daily basis. Sports organisations, coaches, officials and others involved in providing activities for children and young people are increasingly using the internet and social media to promote sport and communicate with them. These forms of digital media and communication can provide great benefits. However, they can also pose potential safeguarding risks to children and young people. Here are some top tips on how to keep yourself safe online:
Understand the safety aspects including what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour on social media
Become familiar with privacy policies before setting up your account on social media. This should give you an idea how to operate on social media, what information is used by the provider and how interacting with other accounts may affect your own account.
Privacy and safety settings
Set the appropriate privacy level. Consider each of the privacy and safety settings available across all aspects of the services and set the appropriate level of privacy. Failing to set appropriate privacy levels could result in messages which are defamatory, libellous or obscene appearing on your profile.
Accept ‘friends’ setting and minimum user age
You may wish to check a user profile before accepting them. Do not accept friend request from children under the minimum age for the service. Basketball England suggests that no adult in a position of trust should ‘friend’ anyone under the age of 18.
Content – ‘Think Before You Post’
Consider any messages, photos, videos or information – do they comply with existing policies within your organisation? (e.g. use of photographs of children). Is the content e.g. photographs and text appropriate to the audience? Always seek young person/parental permission to use the photos of those featured before adding to the sports webpage/ profile.
For more in-depth information on use of social media, please click HERE for Basketball England’s Social Media Policy. The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) also provide resources and more information on how to stay safe online, this can be found HERE on their website.