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For Scorers

Each team is required to provide a scorer or a timekeeper. These two people are officials and their first responsibility is to score and keep time. As an “official of the match” you should support the referees, do not abuse them. Parents should learn how to score and keep time.
Timekeepers and Scorers should work together as much as possible; i.e timekeepers can tell scorers the number of the player who scored or who fouled or who will be going to the line for two shots. They also can compare their totals during time outs.

Scorers should review, and be familiar with, the requirements for PlayHQ Scoring as outlined on the EDJBA website.

Basic Instructions for Scorers and Timekeepers



At the start of the match, timekeepers will decide which team will be “light” and which team will be “dark” on the scoreboard. They are then required to:

Note: The 3 points rule does not apply to teams under 14 and lower.

    1.    Be in charge of the Alternating Possession arrow:
      • After the first jump ball at the start of the first period, the arrow is moved to the direction of the team that does not gain control of the live ball on the court.(i.e it indicates which team will have possession at the next jump ball). At every jump ball awarded, the arrow is then reversed. Note: The arrow is not reversed until the ball is in play
      • At half time the scorers, in the presence of the referees shall reverse the arrow so that the team which was entitled to possession at the end of the first half will have possession at the beginning  of the second half.
    2. Alert the referees when a time-out is requested by pressing the buzzer. A time-out is not allowed in the last 3 minutes or part thereof of the first half.  (Variations for finals will occur. These are notified.).
    3. Stop the clock as required:
      • The clock stops for all whistles in the last 2 minutes of the 2nd half. (Variations for finals will occur. These are notified.)
      • The clocks restart as follows:
        • If there are free throws (foul shooting): When the ball is touched by a player after the last unsuccessful free throw; If the last throw is successful the clock will restart as per rule b;
        • If the game is to be resumed by a throw in: Only when the ball has been touched by a player on court.
    4. Inform the referees when a team has 8 fouls. This is so that the team is given free throws from the ninth foul onwards.


Scorers are responsible for filling the electronic scoring sheet. Scorers should ensure:

  1. They have reviewed and are familiar with the scoring directions on the EDJBA website.
  2. Given name and surname for each player, along with coaches name must be entered if not present
  3. If any players are injured make a note of the player name and type of injury. Where necessary, written notes should be signed by two adults. This provides a record should there need to be an insurance claim for medical expenses.
  4. The number of the offending player is correctly recorded for both teams.
  5. Coaches are informed when one of their players has 3 or more fouls as they are only allowed 5 fouls before being disqualified from the game. When a player has reached their fifth foul, scorers must notify the referees immediately by use of the horn.
  6. Scorers should use the horn to inform the referees when a team has reached 8 fouls as from the ninth foul onwards the other team will be awarded free throws for every foul committed against them.
  7. When a foul is committed while a player is shooting, or a foul is committed by a player whose team has 9 fouls, the attacking player will be awarded free throws.
  8. If there is any discrepancy between the Score Board and the Score Sheet, the score recorded against individual players on the Score Sheet prevails.