Scoretable Officials

In local competitions, scoring may be done by parents or older siblings. In higher grades, specialised scoretable officials will perform the roles. It's often said scoretable officials have the best seat in the house.

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In higher level games, there are five specific scoretable positions:

  • Chairperson
  • Scorer
  • Assistant scorer
  • Timekeeper
  • 24-second shot clock operator

Scoretable officials work as a team with referees to maintain the scoring and timekeeping of the game.

The basic duties of each scoretable position are:

  • Chairperson: Ensure the smooth operation on the scoretable and communicates with the referees
  • Scorer: Completes the scoresheet
  • Assistant Scorer: This position is not always required but when present will assist with operating the scoreboard
  • Timekeeper: Operate the game clock and in most situations also operate the scoreboard
  • 24-second shot clock operator: Operate the shot clock by stopping and resetting according to the rules

There are many reasons people become a scoretable official. Many are fans of the game and enjoy being involved at the local level.

People become scoretable officials to support basketball, the team or club they belong to and they enjoy watching a good level of basketball.

Being a scoretable official does not require the same level of fitness and mobility that is needed to be a referee, so scoretable officiating can be a great way to stay connected to the game.

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