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Score Bench

Score Bench

In higher level games, there are 5 specific scoretable positions:

  • Chairperson
  • Scorer
  • Assistant Scorer
  • Timekeeper
  • 24-second shot clock operator

Scoretable officials work as a team with the referees to maintain the scoring and timekeeping of the game.

The basic duties of each scoretable position are:

  • Chairperson:Ensure the smooth operation on the scoretable and communicates with the referees.
  • Scorer: Completes the scoresheet.
  • Assistant Scorer: This position is not always required but when present will assist with operating the scoreboard.
  • Timekeeper:Operate the game clock and in most situations also operate the scoreboard.
  • 24-second shot clock operator:Operate the shot clock by stopping and resetting according to the rules.

In high-level basketball teams have a maximum of 24 seconds to attempt a shot once they obtain possession of the ball.  If they miss a shot but are able to rebound (catch) the ball they are given another 14 seconds to attempt a shot.  This 24 or 14-second count is displayed on a separate display to the scoreboard, which is operated by the “shot clock” operator.  In most games at a community level, a shot clock is not used.


Just like referees, there are many reasons why people might become a scoretable official.  Most scoretable officials are fans of the game who enjoy being involved at the local level. They become scoretable officials to support basketball and the teams love.

Being a scoretable official does not require the same level of fitness and mobility that is needed to be a referee so scoretable can be a great way to stay connected to the game.

To find out more please get in touch with Ric Willmot