The LBA is offering FREE access to 4 accredited courses for a limited time only. We have 25 course places available for each school, youth club and sports affiliated organisation in your borough. These 4 courses normally would cost over £200.00 for each participant.
Refereeing is a great way to get involved in a different aspect of basketball, keep active and earn money. Not to mention that referees get to watch the game from the best place….on the court!
This course provides an introduction to basketball and is aimed at beginners. The goal of the course is to encourage the basketball enthusiast to get onto a basketball court and ‘blow a whistle’. This 4-hour course gives insight into the basic mechanics of refereeing and the violations and fouls that need to be administered. A Level 1 referee is qualified to officiate at school matches, youth local leagues and at recreational level. There are no entry requirements.
You don’t have to run up and down the courtside become an official in basketball! A table official’s job is to keep score of the game from the sidelines. Once qualified, participants will know how to use a score sheet – which keeps track of personal fouls, team fouls, timeouts and, most importantly, the score! A table official is also required to keep time, which normally involves operating the use of an electronic scoreboard and shot clock.
This course is an introduction to basketball and is aimed at beginners. This 2-hour course gives an insight into the basic responsibilities of a table official, from timekeeping to keeping track of fouls during a basketball game. A Level 1 table official is qualified to officiate at school matches, youth local leagues and at recreational level.
The Media Crew course is a brand new initiative from the LBA to create a talent pool of media personnel. Participants will be educated on how to film, photograph and record live sports, perform interviews, post-production & editing, as well as key principles of social media & sports marketing. Once the LBA’s usual leagues are back up and running, newly qualified participants will be able to put what they have learnt from this course into practice, working alongside the LBA staff to cover their games.
Our Table Official course provides all the essentials of how to use a score sheet, and we would definitely advise completing it before moving on to this course if you are a beginner.
More recently, the LBA have teamed up with NBN23 to offer this course which equips officials with the skillset to use NBN23’s new digital scorecard platform (INGAME). In an increasingly digital world, there is no reason why sports officiating should be left behind. Using the app not only allows you to officiate a game, but collect valuable tournament data and game stats. Equipped with this highly accurate information, teams and players can go away and analyse their game – this analysis can then be put to good use to improve their game plan and tactics.
This course will teach you how to properly capture every play of a basketball game using the INGAME App. Once you have successfully completed the course you will become certified INGAME scorekeeper. Say goodbye to pen and paper!
All of these qualifications help to increase employability, whilst keeping young people on track as other recreational activities they may normally engage with remain suspended. Best of all, it gives the chance for course participants to pursue paid opportunities as referees and table officials outside of school on a flexible basis. The LBA always wants to get new people engaged in basketball, and not just as players and/or officials. We are particularly excited about offering the Media Crew course as this could be complementary to anyone studying Photography, Media or Film and incorporated into coursework, or it could help to support a burgeoning career in television, journalism or marketing.
The 25 places are open to anyone associated with your organisation – teachers, parents and students alike – anyone who wants to get involved in basketball and get qualified! Please note – you can take up as many or few places as you like, but once you have confirmed the number of places you require, all courses will need to be completed by 18 December 2020 by each participant, otherwise you will be charged for the standard rate of each incomplete course.
It would be advised, particularly if working with a group entirely made up of young people, that you arrange for weekly slots where all course attendees can gather to undertake the courses together – from experience this holds participants accountable, therefore making them more likely to commit. However, as these courses can be completed online, they can be completed anywhere at any time, which also gives flexibility for participants that may still be shielding. The LBA can also provide a tutor (cost: £80.00 per course session) to better facilitate the learning process if required.
Once qualified, individuals can simply search the AllOfficials website to find voluntary and paid roles so that they can put what they have learnt into practice. Moreover, they will now be able to officiate in a school setting, supporting their school’s P.E department. And they will have the LBA’s regular leagues to look forward to when they return, for which there will be plenty of opportunity for paid roles.
The Referee, Table Official and Media Crew courses are all hosted by AllOfficials Learn, and are independently accredited by the highly reputable CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and insured by Hiscox. The Basic & Advanced Digital Scoresheet is hosted by NBN23.
Please note, to undertake in these courses participants must be at least 14 years old. There is no maximum age limit.
The LBA is here to support your organisation and all those wanting to get qualified, so please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns: [email protected]
If you are happy with all the above, please sign up your organisation using the form below.