Basketball Referee Roles

What are the roles and responsibilities of the referees and officials in basketball? How many referees are in a game? Get ready to learn about officiating and the duties of the officials.

How Many Referees In Basketball Games

The officials and referees are responsible for interpreting the rulebook and calling fouls and violations in basketball games. There are also referees that oversee statistics, scores, the game clock and shot clock, and when a player steps out of bounds.

Basketball Referee

In the NBA, there are seven officials, one crew chief, two referees, one official scorer, two trained timers, and one replay center official.

Referee Roles And Responsibilities

Referees have lots of responsibilities in a basketball game.

Basketball Crew Chief

The crew chief is the head official and always has final say in a ruling if there is a disagreement between the referees.

Basketball Fouls

A foul is type of a penalty given to a player and team. There are lots of fouls in basketball like flagrant fouls, personal fouls, technical fouls, team fouls, and player fouls. Referees are responsible for calling fouls when they happen on the court.

You can learn more about fouls in Basketball Fouls.

Basketball Violations

A violation is type of a penalty like fouls, but less serious and are usually around dribbling and time mistakes. Referees are responsible for calling violations when they happen on the court.

You can learn more about violations in Basketball Violations.

Basketball Referee Signals

A referee will blow his whistle and make a signal with is arms and hands when a call is made. There are lots of referee signals in basketball.

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