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As with officials in any game their purpose it to make sure the rules of the game are understood and followed by the players.
There are generally 3 officials in a game. In the women's game, the referees are generally females (with a mix of males). In the men's game, there are generally male referees with a few female referees.
Yes, a typical organized game of basketball has 2 or 3 officials, or more commonly referred to as referees. They call fouls or violations on players and administer the game.
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