Referee Pre Season Seminar

The BNIOC will be hosting a one day seminar for officials in Belfast for the start of the new season.  The day will consist of classroom and practical work, with a Mens Premier game at 16.30 that will be refereed by the seminar officials.


 Basketball Northern Ireland Referees Pre-Season Seminar

Sat 15th September 2012

12.00 – 18.00

De La Salle College, Belfast, BT11 8LT

The seminar is aimed specifically at those who cannot attend the National Conference, but still want to improve their refereeing.  There will be updates on the new rules and their implementation, a presentation of the points of emphasis for basketball referees in NI, and also work on mechanics and court positioning.

During the Mens Premier game – 8 referees (2 per qtr) will referee and receive instant feedback on their mechanics and interpretation of referee criteria.

Please remember that this day is being run for the benefit of basketball as a whole and your attendance will not only improve your refereeing, but hopefully the experience of players, coaches and spectators through your enhanced knowledge.

There is no cost to this seminar and the more people that attend the more benefit that is returned.

If you have any questions, or you will be attending, please contact

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Schedule – Sat 15th September

12:00 – 12.30 :  Introductions / Registration / New Rules 2012

12.30 – 13.00 :  Points of Emphasis

13:00 – 13.15 :  –BREAK–

13.15 – 14.00 :  Mechanics / Positioning / Off Ball coverage

14.00 – 15.00 :  Open topics, please email suggestions

15.00 – 16.00 :  Rules Test (30mins) / Answers (30mins)

16.00 – 16.30 :  –BREAK–

 16.30 – 18.00 :  Game, Senior Mens


After a successful schoolboy career in St. Malachy's College, Paul moved on to on/off stints as a varsity player and local league player for UUJ. Having completed his refereeing course as a junior in summer 2000, and doing the odd game in Belfast, Paul soon realised that he was becoming a better official than he ever would be a player. He hung up his boots for the preference of a whistle in 2004 and began refereeing consistently as part of the National League Panel. In 2006, he won the "Young Referee of the Year" award from Basketball Ireland (exactly 100% more awards than ever received while playing) and in 2008 moved to the panel of referees for the Irish Men's Superleague where he has been a regular fixture for 4 seasons.

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