If you’re interested in becoming a basketball official for the first time, you’ve come to the right place! The Triad Basketball Officials Association is responsible for assigning officials to varsity and junior varsity basketball games in the greater Triad area. Starting out, you will not be officiating games at this level, but if you aspire to work at this level, the following will help you gain the knowledge and experience you need to improve your officiating.
- The first step toward becoming an official is to register with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. In general, anyone who is 18 years of age or older and in good physical condition can register. Registration for basketball officials with NCHSAA is $77.00, and includes insurance coverage. To register, visit the NCHSAA Website for instructions.
- Officials, once registered with the NCHSAA must also register with a local basketball officials association. Contact the booking agent of that association and they will let you know their procedures for registering with their organization.
- Most association will begin holding clinics in the month of September. During clinic meetings, clinic leaders will go over rules and mechanics for officiating basketball. Around this time, officials registered with the NCHSAA will begin to receive rule books in the mail. Officials should begin reading these immediately, and keep them handy throughout the season.
- In early to mid-October, the NCHSAA will hold basketball meetings across the state. Each official registered with the NCHSAA is required to attend one of these meetings.
- Officials will be required to purchase a uniform. The uniform consists of a whistle, black and white or grey shirt, black pants, and black shoes. Honigs, an officiating supplier, is usually on hand at the state meeting if you wish to buy things from them, or just see what is out there.
- While attending clinics, seek out the advice and guidance of a mentor. That mentor should be a person who is working at a level to which you aspire and to whom you can look for guidance. If you are just starting out, you may look to a current JV or varsity official. Ask them questions. Find out when they’re working, and ,if possible, get out to see games that they work. Ask them to come see you work, if possible.
- During the regular season, attend JV or varsity games when possible. The more plays you see, the better of an official you will become. Also, watch the officials on the court and how they handle the game.
New Officials Checklist (From the NCHSAA)
Before being assigned to officiate an NCHSAA game, there are some steps to take. Below you will find step-by-step instructions to make registration painless.
1.Sport Decide which sport(s) you want to officiate. Click here to visit our sports page.
2.Register as an Official ◦ Click here to see all the registration deadlines and link to register.
Create a username and password by clicking on “ Click here to register”.
If the deadline for the registration session for the sport has passed, the late fee will be waived for NEW OFFICIALS ONLY.
◦ Once your profile has been created, then you may register for the sports of your choice. Log into your account, with username and password that was just created.
**Your password will be emailed to the email address listed from creation of your profile **
◦Click on “registration” header at the top of your profile, it will prompt you to our registration page. Checkmark which sport(s) you plan to officiating for this season, then click on the drop down menu to the right of the sport to choose which Regional Officials Association (s) you will work with. Click on “Update this registration” to finish the process.
Contact your local regional supervisor per sport you registered for.
Click here for the list of supervisors. ◦Your local regional supervisor will provide local clinic attendance contact(s), local association meeting dates and times, set scrimmages and game assignments.
◦ Click here for Rules Clinics and Annual test dates.
It is imperative for new officials to contact their local Regional Supervisor following registration with the NCHSAA to verify that you are indeed on the roster of the Regional Supervisor. By doing so it shows a sense of responsibility and eager attitude that we look for. IF, you are not listed on your regional supervisor’s roster please call the NCSHAA Officiating Department at 919-240-7374, so we can rectify the situation.