Welcome to NBA Officials.com
The NBA is one of the world's premier sports and entertainment enterprises; a diverse
group of high-performing individuals delivering joy and excitement to hundreds of
millions of basketball fans all over the world. It should be no surprise that much
of our success depends on the Officials (the Referees) who ensure the integrity
of the game and a forum where players skills, team dynamics, passion and dedication
determine game outcomes.
It is our goal to not only recruit the premier Officials in the world to become
part of the NBA team, but also to provide those who want to pursue this exciting
career with insight into how to they can develop their skills to achieve professional-level
Therefore, the purpose of this website is two fold:
1. We want you to better understand the officiating experiences that will best
instill the knowledge and skills you need to be an NBA Official
2. We want to learn more about you and where you currently stand against those
The information we gather will help us better determine what track to put you on
to becoming an NBA Official and also help us provide you with more specific recommendations
on how to improve your overall performance through gaining the right experiences.
Although it is possible for extraordinary Officials to make it to the NBA with only
a few years of Officiating experience, for most people, education and experience
provide the necessary path to achieving this goal. To this end, we have mapped out
the path of Officiating experience that, combined with some innate skill and the
dedication to succeed, will provide you with a good shot at moving up through the
NBA search ranks.
The figure below shows the levels of experience that learning Officials typically
TYPICAL PATH TO OFFICIATING IN THE NBA
As you move from Learning the Basics to Advancing Your Skills to Honing Your Skills,
you add experience Officiating faster, more skillful and more sophisticated basketball
games and learn more advanced skills. When invited to participate in NBA Summer
Leagues and/or the Development League, you receive direct guidance from the NBA
staff to help you master your skills. Not all steps are necessary to be considered
for the NBA, but like players, Officials learn better basketball when they continue
to be challenged by more competitive games.
With that in mind, please take the time to complete the questionnaire linked below.
Please be thorough in your responses. Note that this is not an application for employment, we
want to know more your experience. However, we expect the utmost integrity in responding.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this. We look forward to learning
more about you and, hopefully, seeing more of you in the years to come.
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