Referees Guidelines - Advantage,Disavantage Concept

There is no play on advantage rule in basketball, like in football or netball, where they say advantage contact.

In basketball once the whistle has been blown the decision stands.

However the Advantage/Disadvantage Concept is in the rule book on page 51 and is part of the officials duties and powers.

From Current Rule Book:


ART. 47 Officials: Duties and Powers

When deciding on a personal contact or violation, the officials shall, in each instance, have regard to weigh the following fundmental principles:

- The spirit and intent of the rules and the need to uphold the integrity of the game.

- Consistency in application of the concept of ''advantage/disadvantage''. The officials should not to seek to interrupt the flow of the game unnecessarily in order to penalise incidental personal contact which does not give the player responsible an advantage nor place his opponent at a disadvantage.

- Consistency in the application of common sense to each game, bearing in mind the abilities of the player concerned and their attitude and conduct during the game.

- Consistency in the maintenance of a balance between game control and game flow, having a 'feeling' for what the participants are trying to do and calling what is right for the game.


We encourage referees to use our voices if contact has occurred and is considered incidental and has placed the player at no disadvantage. Common terms used are '' keep going", still got it'' or could use '' keep playing'' or simply '' incidental contact''. The players and coaches will know you have acknowledged the contact but have considered the contact has been incidental.


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The GSABA Referee Department will be doing the Summer Season 2018-19 Grand Final Roster. Mike Richardson is the Referee Development Co-ordinator, and Tim Round is the Referee Manager. There will be a Referee Sub Committee, which will be headed by Mike Richardson and includes Tim Round (Referee Manager) and Brett Stringer (Referee). A Player Coach is still to be appointed.

* The Minor Round Summer Season 2018 -2019 Umpires Roster will be completed by Dennis Earl.  The GSABA Carnival Umpires Roster will be completed by the GSABA Referee Department.


Any person interested in joining the GSABA Umpiring Panel please contact GSABA Business Administrator - Dennis Earl- We welcome all referees but always looking for umpires who can umpire Senior Grades.