The following instructions apply to scorekeepers. Familiarity with the scorebook is important to properly fulfilling the requirements of this task. Many scorebooks have instructions in the book on how to keep track of the statistics of the game. The Scorekeeper needs to allow him/herself time to review these procedures prior to the start of the game.
- Seek designation from referee as to who is the official scorer and which is official scorebook and consult with him as to signals used to designate fouls and time-outs
- Obtain names and numbers of all players who may participate in the game at least ten minutes before the start of the game.
- At least three (3) minutes before scheduled starting time have each team designate its five starting players.
- Record field goals made, free throws made, running summary of points scored, personal and technical fouls on each player, team personal fouls per half and time-outs Score keeper is encouraged but not required to keep individual player point totals; game score is first priority.
- Designate each goal and each foul in the manner provided in the scorebook. Any questions regarding the format of the scorebook should be discussed and resolved with the game referees prior to the game.
- Notify official when team has taken (a) the maximum number of legal time-outs, (b) when a player has had five personal fouls, (c) after a team has been charged with seven personal fouls (also when a team has be assessed 10 personal fouls in a half resulting in a “double bonus” situation) in either half of a game played in halves, and (d) when a team has used time-outs in excess of the legal number. If there is an error in any of the above mentioned scenarios (a, b, c, or d), and if play is in progress at time of discovery, withhold whistle until ball is dead or in control of offending team.
- When a coach calls a timeout, notify the coach after the time out how many timeouts his/her team has remaining.
- Scorekeeper must also advise referee of who is entitled to possession in alternating possession held ball situations when the possession indicator is incorrect or not operating properly.
- Check with clock/scoreboard operator regarding display of score, bonus situation, possession arrow, etc. If any discrepancy occurs, notify referee for resolution once next dead ball situation occurs.
- Blow horn to stop game only when ball is dead.
- When a substitute reports (must be ready and entitled to enter game) signal only when ball is dead. Allow substitute to go on court only when referee beckons. Do not signal after ball has been placed in the hands of a free-thrower. If the ball is dead after a free throw attempt, a substitution may be made. If thrower is to be replaced, be sure that it is legal for another player to attempt that particular throw. A substitute cannot replace a player designated to jump or designated to attempt a free throw; he must wait until the next dead ball or time-out situation.