Being a part of the Basketball Community is a wonderful way to create relationships, develop life skills, give back to your community and for parents an opportunity to show support for their children. Here is an overview on what is involved in becoming a Referee:
Why become a Referee?
- Becoming a referee is an extremely rewarding and challenging experience.
- It is a great way to develop confidence and fitness whilst being an excellent source of income.
- Refereeing is also flexible in nature so can be done at varying times to suit the individual.
How old do you have to be?
- It is recommended that Referees be a minimum of 16 years old, however, due to the nature of our competition (domestic only) we are able to cater for referees from 14 years to 16 years.
- There is also a provision for those candidates who are under 14 years of age by classifying them as Junior Referees – only using them in low level age groups, where applicable.
How do you become a Referee?
- The way the system operates for Referee Beginner Courses varies from Referee Branch to Referee Branch.
- To begin Refereeing within the EDJBA you will need to go through your Member Club who will have a Referee Branch aligned to them.
- Some associations conduct courses at set times during the year, others arrange for a school to be conducted when they have enough people who have registered an interest with them.
What does the Referee course involve?
- Courses may also vary in their methods and durations of presentations, but generally a course will run for between 12 to 16 hours, which includes practical sessions.
- The theory component usually takes 12 hours and the practical component 4 hours and is carried out on one night per week for four weeks usually between 7.00pm and 10.00pm.
- On completion of the course the official will be graded as a “trainee” or “apprentice” referee and will work with a master or mentor for a number of weeks (games) until assessed as having all the competencies of a Level 1C Referee.
- Once a C Grade referee (or Level 1C) you then follow the pathways of the accreditation system of Referees;
- Level 1C, 1B, 1A,
- Level 2,
- Level 3,
- Level 4, (National)
- Level 5, (FIBA International)