Coaches Updates


The GSABA is required to have a Coaches Registry as a record of coaching police checks and clearances.


The GSABA has implemented a new Child Safe Policy and there are legislative requirements that are required to be adhered to in relation to " Working with Children legislation." The GSABA is adopting the policy of Police Checks for GSABA Club Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Managers for teams with minors (17 or under)in the team.

Each Coach will be given a National Police Check Application this week from the Canteen Staff and a letter explaining the procedure required.

Steps 1,2 and 3 to be completed as outlined below.

Step 4 - The forms then need to be given to the GSABA Business Administrator Dennis Earl, these forms can be left with the canteen staff at either stadium. They must be submitted to GSABA by 12th August 2013 and the last opportunity to submit would be at the GSABA Management Meeting on that date.

We will then submit in a GSABA block of Police Checks to SA Country Basketball and they will add the VOAN details and send them off to SAPOL. The Police Checks when verified and processed by SAPOL are sent direct to the applicant,

The Police Check process as outline will be at no charge to the applicant.

When the Police Clearance is received by the GSABA Member the clearance will need to be sighted by the GSABA Business Administrator ASAP and a copy is acceptable if the applicant wishes to provide. A Coaches Register which is now a legislative requirement and the reference number, voan number and the release date will need to recorded. 


GSABA Management is reminding coaches that Green Shirt Umpires are learning their trade. They are no different to new or young players who are learning to play. Both players and the Green Shirt Umpires will make mistakes.

Basketball SA, SA Country has a ''No speak policy'' to Green Shirt Umpires. So please refrain from speaking to the Green Shirt Umpires as the Umpire in Charges are their supervisors or in essence their coach.

If any comments are made to Green Shirts they need to be of a positive nature.

If you have concerns or want to give feedback with Green Shirt Umpires please see the Umpire In Charge.


GSABA Management is reminding coaches to place their names on the score sheet before the start of the game.


During the last two(2) minutes of the fourth period and during the last two(2) minutes of each extra period, the ball is out-of bounds for a throw-in and still in the hands of the official or already at the disposal of the player taking the throw-in. If at this moment a defensive player on the court causes contact with a player of the offensive team on the playing court and a foul is called, it is an unsportsmanlike foul. It is automatic.

In the other 38 minutes of the game normal interpretations apply.


In the last minute(s) of a close game after the ball has left the hands of the thrower-in, a defensive player, in order to stop or not restsart the game clock, causes contact with an offensive player who is just about to receive or has received the ball on the playing court. Such contact shall be called immediately as a personal foul unless there is hard contact which shall be called as unsportsmanlike or a disqualiying foul. The principles of advantage/disadvantage shall not be applied.

The full 40 minutes of the game the principles of advanatage/disadvantage shall be applied except in the above scenario.

FIBA interpretations which needs to be complied with by the GSABA lists:

Umpires are required to be aware:

- that bumping of the shooter it is not allowed.

- travelling that leads to a player getting around an opponent needs to be called.

- small travels when the player is in the open court can be overlooked.

- when defence has faced the offence player and the defence is moving backwards and laterally and contact is made on the turso it is either a 'no call' or a charge.

- forward movement contact by the defence to offence that impedes is a push. 

The GSABA umpires will be working on these areas of the game and is aiming for a  consistent approach to FIBA rulings.


The GSABA is issuing a warning any player that sledges another player and the umpire hears it they will be automatically given an TECHNICAL FOUL. They may have to meet with MANAGEMENT as a please explain or may be reported as well.


The GSABA competition is played under the rules of FIBA Rule Book. However, there are GSABA By-laws that over-ride the FIBA Rule Book. 

The FIBA Rule Book can be found on the FIBA Website. The GSABA By-Laws can be found on the GSABA Website. A knowledge of both these set of rules will give you better knowledge and allow you to abide by rules governing the GSABA competitions.

Some Rules that appear in the FIBA Rule Book are not applicable to the GSABA Local competition and therefore not applied. 


Can all Coaches put their name on the scoresheet and team managers need to be listed.


Coaches are to remain in the coaches areas while coaching in all games played for premiership points.

The coaches area is from the edge of the seating next to the score bench to foul-line extended.

Coaches may stand but if seated must sit in the first row and in one of the first four seats of the coaches area. This will be easier to police and will still give the trial official sufficient time and space to keep clear of the coaches area if they are coming from the corner of the court. Previously we had umpires run into coaches when allowed to go right to the end of the baseline.

We have over the past seasons coaches not wanting to stay in the coaches area and the coaches have complained it is not clearly defined at both stadiums.

The defined coaches area allows good communication with the bench, allows the umpires to know who is coaching and is better from a safety perspective and makes it clear for the umpires when a player after subsitution has reached the coaches area.

This has been sent to theClubs a via Club Update and the Umpires via an Umpires Update. 


Substitutions are required to leave the in a direct line from where they are to the coaches area. They are required to leave for the coaches area in a expedient manner. The ball is not to be administered back into play after a substitution until the player reaches the coaches area.

As per FIBA RULE BOOK 19.3.5 The player substituted is permitted to go directly to his team bench without reporting either to the scorer or the official.

Under 10 coaches are allowed to move along the sidelines and are permitted to be on the court to give direction. If the coach decides to go on-court they must keep away from the play and it must be brief.


In the minor round games coaches are only allowed to have one time-out per quarter and are not allowed to carry over any time-outs into another quarter.


The GSABA Umpires receive Umpires Updates regularly during the season. These updates can be found on this website under the Umpiring section, coaches are encouraged to have a look at these updates as well and to newer coaches there are some guideline pages on the website which will help with understanding the rules and how the game is officiated.


The GSABA will be placing coaches updates on this page from now on. This will allow relevant information to be passed onto the club coaches.

Each season we often have new coaches and this will hopefully give them a base, give them knowledge on the basic rules within the GSABA and will be used to answer questions new coaches often have when starting out. 

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Notice Board


The GSABA Referee Department will be doing the Summer Season 2018-19 Grand Final Roster. Mike Richardson is the Referee Development Co-ordinator, and Tim Round is the Referee Manager. There will be a Referee Sub Committee, which will be headed by Mike Richardson and includes Tim Round (Referee Manager) and Brett Stringer (Referee). A Player Coach is still to be appointed.

* The Minor Round Summer Season 2018 -2019 Umpires Roster will be completed by Dennis Earl.  The GSABA Carnival Umpires Roster will be completed by the GSABA Referee Department.


Any person interested in joining the GSABA Umpiring Panel please contact GSABA Business Administrator - Dennis Earl- We welcome all referees but always looking for umpires who can umpire Senior Grades.