So You Want To Become A Basketball Official?
Involvement in Basketball as a referee is challenging and rewarding. You will have the best seat in the house and be part of the action! The road to success of any new or veteran official is ultimately found in one's ability to lead, to take charge of their games; effectively applying the rules of the game, while demonstrating a working knowledge and commitment to proper officials mechanics and game management. This working knowledge is acquired by working games and through ongoing training provided by STABBO. It is a journey, one that recognizes it takes a great deal of practice, patience, and perseverance to become a good official. It's an opportunity to grow and be part of the greatest game on earth. It's a wonderful journey, filled with many rewards and accomplishments, and we invite you to be part of our team.
Officiating can provide some great personal rewards. As an official you must make instantaneous decisions, resolve conflicts and deal with stress and pressure. You are in a position to be a positive role model around children and young adults.
Officials must be able to bring control to chaos; understand fairness; promote safety and encourage good sportsmanship. A sports official must have the positive characteristics of a police officer, lawyer, judge, accountant, reporter, athlete and diplomat.
A good official is also someone who can be put in a position of authority and handle the responsibility without being overbearing. As an official, you're in charge, but it's the players who the fans have come to watch, not you.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
If you are serious about becoming an official, then consider these questions:
Are you physically fit? Officiating most sports requires some running and endurance. A referee must be in good physical and mental shape. In an average high school game, a referee may run three to five miles. An awareness of the entire playing field is very important. Quick reactions, decisions and speed are also advantages.
Are you emotionally prepared? Sports officials are placed in highly charged situations that are stressful. Are you calm under pressure? Can you take verbal criticism without becoming defensive? Can you stay calm when confronted by others who are not in control of themselves?
Do you have the time to commit to becoming a qualified and competent official? Reading a rulebook isn't all it takes. A good official truly understands the nuances of the game. While you may never have played the game competitively yourself, you should have a "feel" for the flow and spirit of the game. Are you able to work games when the opportunity arrives? Are you committed to attending association meetings and training clinics designed to help you improve?
Do you have the right perspective to do the job? If you think officiating can be fun, you're right. Sports officials get so much more from officiating than a paycheck. If your perspective is right, you'll find officiating to be a great way to make new friends, learn important people skills and much more.
Are you intellectually fit? Knowing the rules is a small part of the overall responsibilities of an official. Do you understand the rules and how to apply them fairly?
Most of your training is done through lectures, demonstration and exercises on the basic rules and mechanics while attending meetings, clinics and on the field of play. Officials can also participate in referee camps during the summer to hone their skills and seek advance.
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* You are involved with the sport with a great courtside view.
* You are able to promote quality officiating and good sportsmanship.
* You are able to stay physically fit, meet new friends, and share experiences.
* You control how much time you want to devote to officiating.
* You earn additional income, as all of STABBO's game assignments are fee based.
* You receive quality training from some of the finest officials in New York state.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
For more information about becoming a basketball referee, we encourage you to attend one of our meetings. STABBO's current meeting schedule can be found HERE.