Second, basketball officiating provides athletes and others with an opportunity to stay connected to the game. It also gives them access to a terrific part time job, a potential career path and the skill set to a successful future. Not every high school athlete will go on to compete at a higher level. However, officiating provides the opportunity for those who love the game to not only stay connected but to be an integral part of the game. Where else can a kid, or anyone for that matter, earn money while doing something that they love to do. Basketball is on the rise. There will always be a need for officials. And some take it to the ultimate level and officiate basketball as a career.