Score Bench

Basketball games cannot go ahead without a timekeeper and score keeper bench on the score bench. Below is a breakdown of the requirements.

Domestic Games

In domestic games, there are 2 score bench positions:

  • Scorer (scoresheet)
  • Timekeeper (scoreboard)

These positions are generally covered by parents, with one parent from each team.

Junior Representative Games

For Junior Representative games, there are five score bench roles:

  • Chairperson: Ensure the smooth operation on the score bench and communicates with the referees.
  • Scorer: Completes the scoresheet.
  • Timekeeper: Operate the game clock and the scoreboard.
  • 24-second shot clock operator: Operate the shot clock by stopping and resetting according to the rules for under 16 and 18 games.

For more information and a tutorial on score bench responsibilities, please watch BNSW’s Video

Scoretable Pamphlet 2021

Senior Representative Games

Score bench officials for Waratah league games (senior representative) must hold a BNSW accreditation. There are five positions for Waratah league games:

  • Chairperson: Ensure the smooth operation on the score bench and communicates with the referees.
  • Scorer: Completes the scoresheet via GameDay App on provided tablet
  • Timekeeper: Operate the game clock and the scoreboard.
  • 24-second shot clock operator: Operate the shot clock by stopping and resetting according to the rules.

Statistician

The score bench officials keep track of two main statistics are the score and fouls. However, there are many other aspects of the game that can be recorded, and which add great interest an excitement for the fans and also for the players.  These additional statistics also help coaches to review the performance of their teams.

The role of the statistician is to record all aspects of the game, which is now usually done on a computer, tablet or smartphone or manually with a paper template.

Full statistics are not taken in most local competitions but they are in senior representative games. The effective recording of statistics usually requires at least two people. One to “call” the game by commentating every event which requires statistical recording and the other to “record” the game by making the statistical entries and following the caller’s instructions.

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