Basketball Officials

We are proud to assign officials “in-house” for all of our Gold Crown Basketball games. Keeping our assigning “in house” increases accountability as we continually evaluate current rules coaches and train potential rules coaches. We value all officials as an important and integral part of the experiences we provide to the youth that participate in our programs.

How Do We Improve The Quality And Quantity Of Officiating In Youth Basketball?


Thank you for providing feedback about a Gold Crown Official. Please complete the form below with accuracy and honesty about your experience during your basketball game. In order for us to benefit from your feedback, we ask that you provide as detailed information as possible. After submitting your feedback, someone from the Gold Crown staff will follow up with you.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT accept video evidence as part of the review process. We will only review feedback that is in writing.

New Officials Webinar

Wednesday, May 20
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
via Zoom
Lead by Gary Zielinski; an 18 year NBA veteran official and current NBA Youth & Amateur Officiating Development Lead.

Topics include:

  1. Steps to become a Gold Crown Official
  2. Professionalism/What is an Official's Role
  3. Common Misconceptions about Officiating/Things to be prepared for (positive & negative)
  4. Techniques to Improve

Following the discussion, Gary will open up the forum for a live Q&A. Participants are strongly encouraged to have questions prepared and/or react to something Gary presents. RSVP is required! Webinar is limited to the first 100 participants

Officiating Academy

The Gold Crown Officiating Academy (GCOA) is the initial training ground for men & women to become Gold Crown Basketball Officials. This includes classroom training, empty court training and live game training with an experienced Official.

  • Saturday, November 23
    • 3 hour classroom session & 4 hour on court training
  • For new Officials, or those with 1-2 years of experience
  • Gold Crown Field House
  • Registration Fee: $60

Instructors:  Coby Chaney (Former Area 8, RMAC & Big Sky Official) and  Gary Zielinski (Recently Retired 18-year NBA Official)

Academy Schedule

New Officials

  • Bi-annual Officiating Academy
  • Make your own schedule
  • Stay involved with the game you love
  • Give back and help the next generation or basketball players
  • Earn $15-25 per game, depending on experience
  • Additional Training available through the Gold Crown Academy
  • No experience required
  • Interested? Please fill out Interest Form link below
  • New Official Resources

Current Officials

  • Work youth basketball games from 2nd – 12th grade
  • Be a positive role model for the participants
  • Gold Crown Basketball leagues and tournaments
  • JPSports leagues and tournaments
  • Facilities across the Denver Metro Area & NoCo (Longmont, Frederick, Erie, Fort Collins, Mead, Greeley, etc.)
  • Be a mentor to new rules coach's
  • Give back to the community
  • Work your way up to high school/college

Why Do We Have Rules Coaches?

In a continued effort to create a positive atmosphere in youth basketball, Gold Crown Foundation has started referring to our youth basketball officials as Rules Coaches. This emphasis is meant to help improve the relationship between officials, parents, coaches, and players. As youth sports begins to approach a significant shortage of officials, the research suggests that part of this is related to the verbal abuse and hostile environment some officials experience. At Gold Crown we recognize that our basketball officials provide a very important service to the game and the youth that participate in our programs. Ultimately, our officials are on the court to help the children learn the rules and how to play the game the right way. Without the men and women that officiate we simply wouldn’t be able to operate the best youth basketball program in the state.

Professional Development

Gold Crown Officiating is committed to much more than simply assigning basketball games. Our Officiating Department is unwavering in our commitment to improve the general state of officiating across all of Colorado. Through professional development in the form of educational videos and resources, our Gold Crown Officiating Academy’s and shared feedback, we hope to witness a positive impact across all levels of officiating throughout the greater Denver Metro area.

Professional Development Resources