Instructions for keeping the basketball scorebook

Before the Game

1.  Enter in the team name, coaches name. and all player's names & numbers for both teams.  

  • I like listing them in numeric order, so it is easy to find the player on the sheet during the game. 
  • Have the coaches list all players on the team, even if they are not there yet, or not planning to be there.

2.  The referee should check the scorebook prior to the start of the game.  

During the game

  1. Individual Fouls  Keep track of individual fouls. When a foul is called, the official will signal to the individual keeping the basketball scorebook, the number of the player who committed the foul. Mark down each foul a player commits and then let the referee know when a player has fouled out.
  2. Team Fouls.  Keep track of  team fouls as they are called. It is up to the official score keeper to track not only individual fouls, but team fouls. On the 7th team foul, the player that was fouled will get to shoot free throws. This is called being in the bonus. The scorekeeper must inform the referee when a team is in the bonus and should shoot free throws.
  3. Team Score  Follow the score of the game. When a team scores a basket you will have to keep track of the team's score by crossing out numbers at the top of the scorebook.
  4. Individual Player Scores.  Track individual player's points. Put a 2 in the appropriate quarter that the basket was scored.  Put a 3 if the referee indicates by raising both arms, that the basket was beyond the 3 point line. An attempted free throws is indicated by an empty circle, if the free throw was made, fill or x in the circle.
  5. Timeouts.  Track timeouts for each team.  Timeouts are recorded on the box at the bottom of each team's page

Instructions for the basketball timekeeper

During the game

  1. Game Clock.  Start the game clock when the referee indicates.  Stop the game clock on the referee's whistle
  2. Team's Scores.  Keep track of the team's scores after made baskets.
  3. Substitutions.  At a dead ball (stoppage of play) sound the buzzer if a substitute has reported to the table.
  4. Timeouts.  During the timeout, keep track of the time during the timeout.  Sound the buzzer after 40 seconds, then again after 55 seconds,
  5. Bonus:  If the bonus has been reached, turn the bonus light on the clock.

At the breaks:

  1. Quarter Breaks. Reset the game clock to the amount of time (6:00, 7:00 or 8:00, depending on the level). set the QTR to the next quarter period, and follow the buzzer rules for timeouts.
  2. Halftime Break. Reset the game clock to 3:00 and start the clock.. set the QTR to the next quarter period.  When the buzzer sounds, follow the buzzer rules for timeouts.