FIBA Recruitment, Retention and Education of Referees

Officiating is important to all sports. A basketball game is impossible without referees but they are often forgotten. It is a difficult job and their skill, importance and commitment is not always appreciated. Referees do not have access to video replays for fouls or violations, they do not have substitutions, no rehearsals, no warning of what will happen in a game, no pause button to provide a considered opinion, no rewind button when a mistake is made and nowhere to hide when players, coaches and spectators demand a perfect performance.