This is a basketball officiating educational website that is based on FIBA rules.
There is a wide selection of content that is available for everyone who wants to get useful information to understand better basketball or improve his/her officiating. This is why we are happy to see you here whether you are a basketball referee, a player, a coach or even a fan.
We have created an online rulebook where you can easily move among the rule articles and their interpretations. There is a searching function as well to help to find the requested term, word or article in the whole text. Furthermore, in order to better helping those who are not familiar with the legalistic language of the articles we have started to illustrate the articles by videos explaining the text in visual form.
Video rule book
This section is basically a collection of educational play situations. Here you are able to find short videos, with which we would like to illustrate the official FIBA rules of basketball. We mainly focus on problematic situations that are sometimes evident for good referees, but maybe not for beginners or for spectators. You can also filter the situations according to groups (e.g. Fouls, Violations, Mechanics) and according to categories (e.g travelling, charge-block, unsportsmanlike fouls, etc.)
Basketball is maybe the one sport that most often changes it’s own rules to make it more dynamic and spectacular. This section contains exactly how the game of basketball developed from the inital origin as an evolved up to today. You can follow the changes of the rules and how the basic rules, invented by James Naismith in 1891, achieved their most recent form.
In our Basketball Dictionary you can search by words or terms. If you want to learn the most important terms in an other language (e.g. in English), then most probably it is more useful to click 'Select category' where we collected the words and terms related to the selected category. (All language translation is based on English).
There are about 1500 basketball words and terms in our database. 28 languages are available at the moment.
You can get an insight how our referees have to prove their knowledge about the rules every month, and also you can test how deep is your knowledge about the official rules of basketball. There is a wide selection of more than 1500 true/false test questions.
Rule Test – Course (to help those who lead referee training courses)
This platform has been created in order to assist the work of those organizers who lead referee training courses. Furthermore, the trainee referees themselves can practice and check their knowledge throughout several different rule topics. By selecting a specific topic, as well as the level of the testing, the questions are displayed randomly one-by-one, so that the user can immediately see if their answer was correct or not.
An explanation is then given to illustrate the rationale behind the answer: next to solution you can find an orange button, linking you to the corresponding article of the official rulebook or its interpretation.
Having finished the test you can directly send your result to a person (e.g. your training leader) as well as to yourself.
Rule Test for Table officials
The questions that are related to table officials’ work (Scorer, Timer, Shot clock operator, etc.) are specially selected from among the rule test.
We have more than 1000+ high quality clips for which you have to make decision. If you are sure that you could make better decisions than the refs, just have a try and you will see that making a call is not as easy as you used to think!
In this section there are a number of test questions about 2 and 3 person officiating (2PO/3PO). It is about how the refs have to move on the court, which referee is responsible to make the call and how they should cooperate. There are 3 different types of questions: text, diagram and video based.
FIBA educational materials
FIBA is providing teaching materials from time to time and all of these materials are collected available on our website.
3x3 Rules (visual)
3x3 Basketball is more and more popular. Here you can find a good summary of the 3x3 rules with video explanations.
3x3 Rule Test
The officials should know the rules which were specially invented and applied for 3x3 games.