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Committed to the highest international standards

The BBL uses Referees who also officiate in leading European competitions and who are recognised at Euroleague and FIBA (International Basketball Federation) level.

A number of BBL Officials were selected to officiate at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

In BBL games there are two types of Officials – Referees and Table Officials, with three Referees and three Table Officials in place per game.

Selecting the best Officials for BBL Games

In conjunction with the relevant governing body, the BBL is responsible for the appointment, assessment and development of the Officials in BBL competitions.

In the UK the sport’s National Governing bodies are led by the British Basketball Federation, with individual countries supported by Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales.

The selection of an Official for BBL competitions is done in consultation with the relevant governing body and is strongly aligned to their grading system.

Reflecting the BBL’s commitment to the highest standards of officiating, the BBL wants the best Officials to be covering BBL games.

As such the BBL is committed to working in tandem with the relevant governing bodies to help to nurture and further develop all Officials.

Fitness and rules testing

Before and during the BBL season all BBL Referees have to attend two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training sessions.

At these sessions the Referees have to complete a fitness test (86 laps of a bleep test) and a rules test (80% pass mark). Only those referees passing both the fitness and rules tests can officiate BBL games.

Continual assessment

During the season BBL Referees are also subject to a minimum of four “live-game” assessments. Here a FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Commissioner, the National Instructor or a highly regarded ex-BBL Referee attend the game as an independent observer to assess the Referees. The independent observer provides feedback to each of the referees on their performance directly after the game.

The BBL Referees have to provide the BBL’s Officiating Supervisor with a written self-evaluation assessment within 72 hours of every game. Table Officials also have to submit a self-evaluation assessment after every game.

This combination of third-party and self-evaluation assessment means the BBL’s Officiating Supervisor can get a balanced view of the game and ensure that the highest quality of officiating is being consistently applied across all BBL games.

Interested in becoming a BBL Official?

In the UK the sport’s National Governing bodies are responsible for the development of new officials. If you’re interested follow the relevant link below:

Basketball England

Basketball Scotland

Basketball Wales