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 $71.00, and includes insurance coverage. To register, visit the NCHSAA Website.
- 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.