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Tri-County Basketball League Scorebook Policy

For the benefit of the coaches new to the league and as a friendly reminder for all, especially with the playoffs not too far away, accurate scorekeeping helps the game run smoothly and avoids unnecessary delays and confusion. The head referee is ultimately responsible for resolving any scorekeeping disputes. The following is TCBL’s policy regarding the Scorebook.

I.         Responsibility of Scorekeeper

The scorekeeper is responsible for recording the names and numbers of all players for each team, as well as, if possible, noting which players will start the game. This information is given to the scorekeeper by the head coach of each team. Scorekeepers also must keep track of the number of fouls committed by each player as well as the number of team fouls committed per team per half. The scorer must notify the official when a player has been disqualified based on personal fouls as well as when a team is eligible to shoot bonus free throws based on the number of team fouls by the opposing team. The scorekeeper is also responsible for notifying the referee when a team is out of timeouts. The referee must then notify the coach.

II.       Responsibility of Players, Coaches and Officials

The coach should supply the official scorer with the names and numbers of all rostered players on the team, 10 minutes before the start of the game. Players wanting to enter the game must also report to the official scorekeeper to become an official substitute. Referees report official delay-of-game warnings and violations to the scorekeeper, who keeps track of them in the official score book.

The Home Team is the official scorebook and is the final authority on the score of the game. For example, if the official scorebook and the game scoreboard or visiting team’s scorebook show different scores and the official does not know which one is correct, he/she must accept the score in the official scorebook kept by the Home Team.