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We teach basketball officials how to get better -- rapidly and effectively!

With the tools available today, the opportunity for basketball officials to make rapid improvement and achieve their goals is phenomenal. We help officials to achieve that by focusing on the process: Rules Knowledge, Mechanics & Signals, Communication skills, Appearance & Demeanor and much more.

I’ll help YOU become a better official
and reach your officiating goals.

GA Headshot for YT Thumbs.001Welcome to A Better Official, your ultimate destination for enhancing your basketball officiating skills and knowledge. Founded by Greg Austin, a dedicated basketball enthusiast and officiating expert, A Better Official is more than just a training platform – it’s a community of referees striving for excellence on the court.

Our Story

Our journey began with a passion for the game of basketball and a deep appreciation for the role referees play in maintaining its integrity. Greg Austin, with years of experience as both a basketball official, mentor, and group trainer of officials recognized the need for a comprehensive and accessible resource to help referees improve their craft.
Driven by this vision, A Better Official was born. What started as a YouTube channel quickly evolved into a hub of knowledge, connecting referees from all levels to expert guidance, interactive content, and a supportive community.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple yet powerful: to empower basketball officials with the tools, techniques, and insights they need to excel in their roles. We understand the challenges referees face on the court – the split-second decisions, the rule interpretations, and the dynamics of managing the game. Through meticulous training and expert guidance, we’re here to elevate your skills and boost your confidence.

What Sets Us Apart

At A Better Official, we take pride in our dedication to the craft of officiating. Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Expertise: Our founder, Greg Austin, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. His commitment to staying updated with the latest NFHS rules and mechanics ensures that our content is accurate and relevant.
  • Comprehensive Content: From in-depth masterclasses on various aspects of officiating to rule explanations and real-game scenarios, our Video Vault offers a treasure trove of resources that cater to referees at all levels.
  • Community Engagement: We’re more than just a training platform – we’re a community of referees who share a common passion. Our interactive elements, such as webinars and forums, allow you to engage with fellow officials and learn from each other’s experiences.
  • Accessible Learning: With our user-friendly platform, you can learn at your own pace and revisit lessons whenever you need. The convenience of on-demand learning ensures that your growth as an official is continuous.

Join the Movement

Whether you’re a seasoned referee looking to refine your skills or a newcomer eager to learn, A Better Official welcomes you. Our commitment to excellence and our passion for the game drive us to provide you with the best training resources available.
Explore our Video Vault and our individual courses, and embark on a journey to becoming a more confident and capable basketball official. Together, we can raise the standards of officiating and contribute to the success of the game we love.

Thank you for being a part of A Better Official. Your journey to becoming a better referee starts here.


Greg Austin

Founder, A Better Official

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"A Better Official has made a huge difference in helping me in my officiating career. Greg's videos are clear, concise and were a definite factor in me landing a collegiate contract. Highly Recommend!"

-- Jonathan Dotson, Hayward CA

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