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Referee Pathways

Referees are an integral part of basketball and SDBA provides a pathway for the development of our referees from beginners to experienced state level referees. Whilst it is imperative that referees have a strong understanding of the rules we acknowledge the importance on court learning, development and feedback to provide continual development of skills.

SDBA’s refereeing program provides a pathway of opportunity for referees to progress and develop their skills. This pathway follows the State Referee Pathway Matrix

There are four (4) levels of referee development at a domestic :

1.Association Community Referee Match Assessment

2. Association Development Referee Match Assessment

3. Association Intermediate Referee Match Assessment

4. Association-Advanced-Referee-Match-Assessment

While officials will be observed and assessed at all levels, SDBA can provide upgrades up until Association Development and Basketball NSW and Basketball Australia will assess from that point on.

SDBA’s Referee Development Officer (RDO) is employed to coach, develop and retain referees and to provide refereeing opportunities within domestic, representative, school tournaments and other basketball games and carnivals.

If you would like to referee with SDBA, please register your interest and we will be in touch with information about the latest Referee Course. Our next course is on the 9th July, and registrations are now open here.


Accreditation and Registration

After completing a course, all referees must be registered with Basketball NSW, which needs to be paid by the individual. If registered as a player, they are covered, however will require you to add ‘Referee’ to your membership via Gameday. Referees should referee two (2) games minimum a week to ensure games are covered weekly, and that the skills continue to be upgraded and consolidated.


Referee Behaviour

Referees must behave in a professional manner both on and off the court. They must treat fellow officials with dignity when refereeing, playing, coaching or spectating. This applies to comments made at any time, either verbally or through social media such as (but not limited to) Facebook and Twitter. When offered advice by Referee Coaches or an on-court mentor/ game mentor, referees should listen to advice given and politely ask questions if clarification is needed. Referees should never argue with the referee coach or mentor.

All players, officials & spectators must abide by the Association Codes of Conduct.


Referee Uniforms

Officials must have their own equipment and uniform (local and representative).

For local competition – Referee’s uniform shall consist of a striped referee shirt, black shorts and running shoes. Black pants are compulsory on semi -finals and grand finals (all local competitions).

For the Representative Program – Referee’s uniform shall consist of a BNSW Referee Shirt, black pants and black running shoes.

Trainee referees will wear the “Green Shirt” provided by the Association on completion of the Community Referee Course. On graduation to a Community Referee AC, referees are required to purchase a striped referee shirt. Referees are required to remove or cover their striped referee shirt before and after they have officiated.


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