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Officials' Licensing 2017+
The concept of Officials' Licensing 2017+ (OL2017+) was first presented to the FIBA Technical Commission in 2013. It was identified that the existing system, with an unlimited number of FIBA Officials in national member federations, led to a situation in which many active FIBA Referees were not being nominated for any official international competitions at all. Moreover, a "lifetime" FIBA Referee License hindered the progress of international referees.
The main idea of OL2017+ is to promote excellence and professional skills, which must be trained constantly to meet the requirements of the ever-changing and evolving game of basketball. A range of workshops have been held by the FIBA Referee Department, FIBA Technical Commission, the Licensing Advisory Group and other stakeholders in the past few years to develop the most effective and transparent system for the new OL2017+.
FIBA strongly believes that OL2017+ will be a game changer that will usher in a new era of basketball officiating, promoting long-term development, planning and follow-up as well as creating more opportunities and exposure for hard-working referees who want to improve.
OL2017+ is another natural extension of the FIBA Refereeing Strategy Development Plan 2014-24 to work closely with national member federations for the good of the game of basketball worldwide.
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Please refer to the document below on the matter of principles governing the licensing of FIBA Referees as of January 31 2017.
Please refer to the document below on the matter of principles governing the licensing of FIBA Commissioners as of January 31 2017.
Questions & Answers for Officials Licensing 2017+
1. Why has the new OL2017+ been introduced?
The previous system, with an unlimited number of FIBA Officials in national member federations, has led to the point where many FIBA Referees and Commissioners have not been nominated for any official international competitions at all. Moreover, the fact of having a FIBA License has sometimes been considered to reflect on the "status" of an individual and has not been directly linked to the quality of the officiating. The modern basketball game requires the best professional officials and the OL2017+ is one of the tools that will aid the development process.
2. What are the benefits of the OL2017+?
First and foremost, the OL2017+ has been designed to promote quality over quantity. The withdrawal of a "lifetime license" principle will boost the motivation of officials and will reduce the possibility of stagnation. The licensing of FIBA Officials will take place every 2 years. This should lead national member federations and officials towards continuous improvement. The OL2017+ will include national member federations which, until now, have not had any FIBA Referees. Additionally, FIBA has a long-term strategy for the involvement and training of female referees. It is for this reason that the Green License has been introduced specifically for the promotion of female referees.
3. How will the OL2017+ enhance the development of refereeing?
The national member federations will be more actively involved in the refereeing development process. They will be encouraged to develop and run national referee development programmes. The programmes will be supervised and partly supported by FIBA and/or Regional Offices to follow the set standards. As an example, young potential referees could be granted a FIBA White License, which would entitle them to be nominated and gain experience officiating in regional and sub-regional international games. This could eventually result in a FIBA Black License for the next two-year Licensed Period.
4. Will any national member federations be at a disadvantage because of the OL2017+?
According to the new OL2017+, FIBA will allocate a limited number of spots for FIBA Referee & Commissioner Licenses to each national member federation. Some national member federations will have their existing numbers of FIBA Licenses reduced. However, this should not be considered a disadvantage. Provided that national member federations transparently submit their best officials as candidates for a FIBA License, it is feasible for these individuals to be included in various FIBA educational programmes and to be nominated for international games, according to the License category granted.
5. What do the FIBA Referee License categories Black, Green & White mean?
There are three (3) categories of FIBA Referee Licenses:
- Black License: Holders of a Black License (male and female) will be eligible to officiate international games of all senior and junior levels;
- Holders of a Green License (female referees only) will be eligible to officiate international games for: all senior men games at sub-regional level, all senior women games, all junior games (men and women), all senior and junior games of international preparation/friendly games;
- Holders of a White License (male and female) will be entitled to officiate: all junior level games at regional level; all senior and junior level games at sub-regional level, all senior and junior level games of international preparation/friendly games.
6. What are the principles of the License Allocation Criteria?
The License Allocation (the number of License Spots allocated to each national member federation) is based, amongst others, on the following criteria:
- The position of the national member federation in the FIBA World Ranking;
- The classification of the national member federation in the FIBA List of national member federations per category;
- Nominations of FIBA Referees for FIBA competitions in the seasons 2014-2015 and 2015-2016;
- The presence of FIBA Active Female Referees in national member federations and the nominations of FIBA Female Referees for FIBA competitions in the seasons 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
7. What is the FIBA World Ranking?
The FIBA World Ranking is based on sportive results of each member federation in FIBA competitions within the scope of a two-Olympic-Games cycle and considers the points of all categories (men, women, boys, girls) in the given cycle.
8. What is the FIBA List of National Federations per Category?
The FIBA List of national member federations per category is based on the status of basketball in a given country, the assessment of national member federations and the potential for growth. National member federations are assessed by FIBA experts and the List is then approved by the FIBA Governance Commission.
9. Who will decide on the number of FIBA License Spots for each national member federation?
As per the FIBA Internal Regulations, FIBA will decide the number of FIBA Referee License Spots for each national member federation. The FIBA Regional Offices, the FIBA Referee Department and the FIBA Technical Commission are the bodies involved in the evaluation process of candidates for FIBA Licenses.
10. What is the duration of the Licensed Period?
FIBA Officials Licenses are valid for a two-year period (Licensed Period), starting on 1 September 2017 and expiring on 31 August 2019. (Same for the next periods for 2019-2021, 2021-2023, etc.)
- FIBA Officials Licensing 2017+ Operations Manual (English)
- FIBA Officials Licensing 2017+ Operations Manual (French)
- FIBA Officials Licensing 2017+ Operations Manual (Spanish)
FIBA Officials Licensing 2017+ Brochure
- OL2017+_Brochure_EN (English)
- OL2017+_Brochure_FR (French)
- OL2017+_Brochure_ES (Spanish)
- OL2017+_Brochure_AR (Arabic)
- OL2017+_Brochure_ZH (Chinese)
Fitness Test Consent Form 2017
- FIBA Referees Fitness Test Consent Form 2017 (English)
- FIBA Referees Fitness Test Consent Form 2017 (French)
- FIBA Referees Fitness Test Consent Form 2017 (Spanish)
Written and Fitness Test Form
- Written and Fitness Test Form (English)
- Written and Fitness Test Form (French)
- Written and Fitness Test Form (Spanish)
- FIBA Referees Basic Fitness Test
Each National Member Federation of FIBA has the right to choose candidates for the title of "FIBA Honorary Referee" from amongst former FIBA Referees and persons who have served basketball in the development of referees.
A National Member Federation may have an unlimited number of FIBA Honorary Referees.
The proposal of the National Member Federation must be accompanied by the following documents for each candidate:
- Honorary Referee Information Form;
- One (1) recent colour passport-sized photo or jpg-file;
- Copy of the passport showing family and first name(s), date of birth and legal nationality
If the proposal is accepted by the Secretary General, the FIBA Secretariat will issue the FIBA Honorary Referee license, valid for life, for a nominal fee to be paid only once (Refer to article 3-305).
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