Why should I become a referee?

There are many reasons to become a referee. Here’s just some of them:

  • Earn money and work flexible hours
  • Be physically active and get fit
  • Be involved in basketball (especially if you love the game)
  • Gain a better understanding of the sport and its rules
  • Meet new people, make new friends and share many great experiences
  • Improve your life skills (e.g. communication, independence, confidence, decision making and awareness)

How much of my time will it involve?

This depends entirely on you. Applicants will be required to attend a four-hour face-to-face action day, incorporating theory and practical training. After completing the Beginner Action Day, participants will be assigned to referee games across our competitions. They’ll work closely with our referee mentors, senior officials and supervisors to gain valuable experience and on-court training.

What is the minimum age for a referee?

Children must be 14 years of age to start our referee course. This is largely due to data that shows children are more likely to succeed and enjoy refereeing when they are older rather than younger.

How much is a referee paid?

Basketball Victoria sets a recommended reimbursement rates for all officials. These can be found HERE.

These rates will vary slightly across our competitions, taking into considerations any or all of the these factors:

  • Length of game time
  • Division of game
  • Early/late game times
  • Mentor/supervisor rates
  • Commitment to a shift
  • Show of appreciation

How will I improve as a referee?

All referees are coached and observed regularly by a team of shift supervisors, the referee adviser, referee coaches and senior referees – all of whom provide feedback and areas for improvement. This is coupled with experience you gain each week by being faced with challenges you learn to overcome. With this experience and knowledge come better opportunities to referee higher quality games and to be paid at a higher rate.

How do I become/get started in becoming a referee?

Contact [email protected] to find out more.

Is there a pathway to progress to higher grade basketball competition?

At the local level, you can progress from a trainee referee to development (C Grade), through to Advanced Referee (A Grade). If you wish to pursue refereeing further, there are opportunities at state and national levels.

For more information, contact [email protected]