Score Keeping Instructions

EYBA has adopted FIBA rules in accordance with an initiative by Canada Basketball. 
As a help to parents, who are required to score keep and time keep, the following is a brief job description of scorekeeping position. 

Please remember that both the scorekeeper and the timekeeper are minor officials for the game. 

ScoreKeeper Job Description 

The scorekeeper will be responsible for marking the score sheet.

  • It is recommended to use different color ink to mark the score sheet for the first half and the second half.
  • The scorekeeper 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                
Score 10 11 12 13 14
Team B
Player     32 8     32              
Score 10 11 12 13 14


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 scorekeeper and/or timekeeper.  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. 

Team Fouls   

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.     

In the example below, Michael Jordan has three fouls, Shaquille O’Neal has two fouls, and Larry Bird has one foul. 

Player # Fouls
Michael Jordan 23 X X X      
Shaquille O'Neal 34 X X      
Larry Bird 33 X        


8. At the end of the game, the scorekeeper and the timekeeper must sign the score sheet in the space provided. 

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