Why should I become a referee?

There are so many reasons to become a referee. Here are a few:

  • 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 basketball 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 am I trained as a referee?

Your local association coordinates training courses for new referees. Depending on your association and age, you may be trained as an Association Community referee or Association Development referee. New referees begin in a Basketball Australia green shirt and run alongside a mentor referee who will train new referees over a number of weeks.

How much of my time will referee training involve?

Contact your local association to find out about their referee training program. 

What is the minimum age for a referee?

Each association is different, contact your local association to find out what their local age is.

How much does a referee get paid?

This varies from state-to-state and in different competitions. Contact your local association to find this out. 

How will I improve as a referee?

All referees are coached and observed by referee coaches and senior referees who provide feedback and solutions to areas for improvement. Most referees improve through match experience which is gained each week by being faced with challenges that you learn to overcome. With this experience and knowledge come better opportunities to referee higher quality games and an increase in payrates.

State contacts for refereeing!