Score Keeper and Time Keeper Instructions
EYBA has adopted FIBA rules for the 2007/2008 season in accordance with an initiative
by Canada Basketball.
As a help to parents and friends, who from time to time, get asked to be the score keeper
or time keeper for a game, the following is a brief job description of each position.
Please remember that both the score keeper and the time keeper are minor officials for
the game. Please assist each other in your duties.
Score Keeper Job Description
The score keeper will be responsible for marking the score sheet.
•It is recommended to use a different color ink to mark the score sheet for the first half
and the second half.
•The score keeper is recognized as a minor official for the game. Proper decorum will
be used at all times and includes no outward signs of bias, no coaching and no
disrespectful conduct to the on-court officials, players, coaches and spectators.
1. EYBA expects the home coach to arrive at the game with a score sheet filled in
with the Date, Location, Category, Team Name, Complete Team Roster, Players
Numbers and Coach’s Names. In the event the coach has not filled in the score
sheet as described above please ask the coach to supply the information for you to
fill in. Home team sits to the right of the score table and the visiting team sits to
the left of the score table.
2. When a basket is made, write the players jersey number in the blank box above
the running score.
E.g.: Player #15 on Team A scores a two point basket, then Team B, player #32
scores a three point basket, then Team A, player #10 scores a two point basket.
The game score at this point is 4 to 3 for Team A. Team B, player #8 is awarded
two foul shots, makes the first but misses the second. Team A, player #4 scores a
2 point basket. Team B, player #32 scores a 3 point basket. The score now is 7 –
6 for Team B.
Team A Player #15 10 4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Team B Player #32 8 32
3. In the space marked Score by Qtr: Fill in the total score for each team at the end
of the first period. At the end of the second period, fill in the total score for each
team. At the end of the third period, fill in the total score for each team and at the
end of the game, fill in the total score for each team and fill in the winning team’s
name and Final Score in the spaces provided.
4. Each team is allowed one (1) 1-minute time-outs per half. Write an X in the time
out box when the time out is called in the box provided. Time-outs can only be
called by a coach to the score keeper and/or time keeper. When a coach asks you
for a time-out, let the referee know by showing the time out signal with your
hands and pointing to the team requesting the time-out. Please do not yell at the
referee and cause a disruption to the game. Under FIBA rules, the referee can
only grant a time-out when there is a dead-ball situation.
5. Each team is allowed four (4) team fouls per period. Each time a foul is assessed
in a period, put an ‘X’ through the corresponding number. Advise the referee
when a team has reached four fouls, because on the next or fifth (5th) foul, the
opposing team will shoot free throws.
In the example below, Team A has 3 fouls in the 1st period, 2 fouls in the 2nd
period, 0 fouls in the 3rd period and 3 fouls in the 4th period.
6. Each player must play a significant and meaningful amount of time in each game.
Mark a diagonal line in the ‘1st’ box to indicate the first time a player enters the
game in the first quarter and make the diagonal line into an ‘X’ when the player
enters the game in the second quarter. Repeat for the third and fourth quarters as
well. See the example in 7 below.
7. Each player listed on the score sheet is allowed up to five (5) personal fouls per
game. When a player is given a personal foul, write an ‘X’ in the corresponding
box opposite the player’s name. When a player is given his fifth (5th) foul, he is
disqualified from the game and may not play for the duration of the game. As a
courtesy to the team please advise a coach when a player reaches four (4) fouls.
Q1 1 2 3 4 5
Q2 1 2 3 4 5
Q3 1 2 3 4 5
Q4 1 2 3 4 5
In the example below, Michael Jordan has three fouls, Shaquille O’Neil has two
fouls and Larry Bird has one foul.
Team A: Fouls
Player’s Name #1st 2nd 1 2 3 4 5
Michael Jordan 23 x x X X X
Shaquile O’Neil 11 x x X X
Larry Bird 14 x x X
8. At the end of the game, the score keeper and the time keeper must sign the score
sheet in the space provided.
Time Keeper Job Description:
•The time keeper will be responsible for operating the time clock and showing the
game score on a flip chart or electronic score clock.
•The time keeper is recognized as a minor official for the game. Proper decorum
will be used at all times and includes no outward signs of bias, no coaching and
no disrespectful conduct to the on-court officials, players, coaches and spectators.
1. The game starts with a jump ball at centre court. Start the clock when the
referee lowers his extended arm indicating the ball is live.
2. All games will be played using a combination of running time and stop time.
The game consists of four (4) periods. Each period is made up of ten (10)
minutes running time and two (2.5) minutes stop time for Minis and Bantams.
Each period is made up of twelve and a half (12.5) minutes running time and
two (2.5) minutes stop time for Midgets and Juveniles. There is a one (1)
minute break between the first (1st) and second (2nd) periods and between the
third (3rd) and fourth (4th) periods. There will be a three (5) minute half time
break. During the two (2.5) minute stop time of each period, the clock must
be stopped every time the referee blows his whistle and raises his arm to
indicate a dead-ball. The clock is restarted when the referee’s extended arm is
lowered. The clock is stopped during time-outs and injuries. Please make
sure you pay attention to the game and start and stop the clock as required.
3. When a basket is scored, please record the score on the flip chart or the
electronic score clock. Please check with the score keeper often to confirm
that the score you have indicated on the flip chart or electronic score clock
corresponds with the official running score on the score sheet.
4. Under FIBA rules, the referee will only grant a time-out to a team if the coach
has requested one through either the time keeper or score keeper. When a
coach asks you for a time out, let the referee know by making the time-out
signal with your hands and pointing to the team requesting the time-out.
Please do not yell at the referee and cause a disruption in the game. The
referee can only grant a time-out when there is a dead-ball situation.
5. At the end of the game, the score keeper and the time keeper must sign the
score sheet in the space provided.