Awards & Courses For Referees
Competent and qualified referees are an important requirement for all basketball games. These referees are trained and assessed through courses and examinations during the officiating courses. See below for the levels of awards.
Level 1 (Apprentice)
This award is an introduction to basketball and is aimed at the pure beginner. It gives an insight into the basic mechanics, violations and fouls that need to be administered when refereeing a basketball game. A Level 1 referee is qualified to officiate at school matches, central venue and local league (youth leagues) and recreational level.
The Level 2 award is aimed at the beginner. Experience as a player or attending a level 1 course is an advantage . A Level 2 referee is qualified to officiate at more advanced local league and central venue league competitions and up to Division 4 Men and Division 2 Women senior national league competitions.
Qualified to referee at senior national league. Experienced Level 2 referees may be appointed up to Division 1/2 Men's and Division 1 Women senior national league competitions.
This is a national qualification that is run on an annual basis and begins at the start of each season. A Level 4 official will be qualified to officiate at all matches in the senior national league competition and up to the top domestic level.
Qualified to officiate in any match. This grade is obtained by Level 4 referee who has been recommended by England Basketball, and successfully attended a clinic organised by International Basketball Federation (FIBA)