The first ever Officials Clinic was amazing!

The first Officials Clinic of 2018 took place at the UEA Sportspark on Saturday 15th September. Over 25 Officials of varying levels and experience turned up to hear about the new rules and have a quick refresher ahead of the new season. These included: new terminology, uniform accessories, dribbling, last 2 minutes of 4th quarter, 24 second clock amendments, technical fouls, double fouls, fighting, and throw in after an unsportsmanlike or disqualifying foul - but this is not an exhaustive list! It was such a positive and friendly afternoon, which really brought the basketball community together.

Neil Baggott discussed the new rules one by one and invited debate and discussion around various scenarios. We had allowed an hour for this part, but could have easily used twice as long! For the next two hours we had a game of 4 quarters with interchanging players and officials. Everyone got to have a go in a relaxed and fun environment. Our playing teams were mixed gender and ages (children and adults). The play was spirited and it was fabulous to see some great sportsmanship alongside the actual play. The older players facilitated the younger ones, but it was still very competitive! We had a number of Table Officials running the clock and completing scoresheets with help on hand for every call. It was good practice for the hand signals to and from the Referees!

We are so pleased with how it went and would love to run another one during the season, so look out for the details! For the Official Basketball Rules 2018, go to the BE Website or follow this link. (The shorter “new rules” document can be a bit misleading on interpretation, so please read the full rules). Are you an aspiring Coach? Referee? Table Official? Please see below all of the upcoming courses:

Basketball Level 1 Coach Course (incorporating Safeguarding Course)

Date: Saturday 20th October and Sunday 21st October 2018

Time: 9am - 3pm on both days

Cost: £100.00

Age: 15+

Venue: UEA Sportspark, Norwich

Basketball Level 1 Referee Course

Date: Monday 22nd October 2018

Time: 5pm - 8.30pm

Age: 14+

Cost: £35.00

Venue: UEA Sportspark, Norwich

Basketball Level 1 Table Official Course

Date: Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Age: 14+

Cost: £25.00

Venue: UEA Sportspark, Norwich To book onto any of these courses, please contact Lisa with your interest and you can organise a payment method with her.

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