Ten Commandments

The 10 Commandments have been adopted by Basketball Victoria and have been endorsed in many associations including Bendigo. The aim is to provide greater certaintly to players, coaches and referees as to what will and will not be called in domestic basketball accross the state.

The Ten Commandments were introduced immediately at the commencement of the 2007 Seasons around Victoria.

Basketball Victoria strongly recommends that every affiliated association and competition adopts and publicizes the following instructions to referees in virtually all their competitions. The aim is provide greater certainty to players, coaches and referees as to what will and will not be called in domestic basketball across the state. Most of the same instructions could apply to all levels of elite basketball as well.

  • Contact by a defensive player on a shooter must always be called a foul
  • Bumping or hand-checking of a dribbler by a defensive player must always be called a foul
  • Bumping a cutter by a defensive player must always be called a foul
  • Swearing by a player or coach must always be called a Technical foul
  • Any deliberate contact with an opponent must always be called an Unsportsmanlike foul
  • If a player or coach disputes a referee’s decision it must always be called a Technical foul
  • Advantage/disadvantage is NOT to be applied (except maybe in some senior “A” grade competitions)
  • If you are unsure as to whether a foul is a shooting foul, always call it a shooting foul
  • If you are unsure as to whether or not points should be awarded (for example after a foul on a shooter), always count the points
  • When refereeing junior basketball, where appropriate, talk to the players about their actions and your calls.

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