SRDP Program

State Referee Development Program Policy
Country Division

During season 2012/13 SA Country Basketball Council approved the creation of a country division of the SRDP for implementation commencing season 2013/14.

The State Referee Development Program is a program aimed at aspiring young referees and gives them additional development opportunities outside of the local environment and offers a choice of pathways for advanced levels of officiating depending on the individual member goals and requirements.

The SA Country program will operate in three separate divisions within the SA Country Basketball affiliated associations region. The three regions are;

  • Northern – which includes associations within the Adelaide Plains through to Port Lincoln region and Roxby Downs
  • Central – which includes associations within the Murray Bridge/Great Southern through to Riverland regions
  • Southern – which includes associations within the Keith to Mt Gambier/Millicent region

The SRDP will become the entry level for officials wishing to be considered for selection to the following major country events;

  • Albury Junior Cup
  • National Junior Championships U14, U16, U18

Nomination/Selection Criteria

The committee shall annually select twelve officials from a list of possible candidates who meet the entry level criteria. These twelve officials will be offered a squad position on the SRDP (Country). Four (4) members will be selected from each of the 3 major regions as listed above. To be considered for selection the referee must satisfy the following criteria;

  • is nominated by their local association or invited by SACOS and
  • is currently a financial member with the local association and
  • is actively officiating at an appropriate level in the local association and
  • is aged 15 years or older and if under the age of 18 years the nomination must be signed by parent or guardian and
  • has ambition and goal to referee at a higher level and represent the local association and SA Country Basketball at major events and
  • Is keen to work in the local stadium and assist in referee development and
  • holds minimum Level 0 accreditation and is working towards Level 1C or higher

 Program Specific 

On acceptance of the offer of membership to the SRDP the referee will be offered an “SRDP (Country) Scholarship” from SA Country Basketball and as part of this scholarship they agree to:

  • Continue to regularly officiate in the local association for the duration of this scholarship and at a level of competition agreed to by the SRDP Co-ordinators
  • Have access to a computer, internet and email system for theory sessions within the course
  • Remain a member of the SRDP for the full 2 years of the scholarship
  • Abide by the Referees Code of Conduct and all SA Country Basketball rules and regulations
  • Complete all SRDP theory assignments within the required time frames
  • Maintain and improve personal fitness
  • Pass each year of the scholarship the required theory exam
  • Purchase an SRDP squad shirt and wear at approved events and game nights
  • Be answerable for all basketball related program matters to the regional referee coordinator and/or SRDP co-ordinators
  • Attend each of the following and each year of the scholarship;
    • As a referee - one of either U12/16 or U14/18 SA Country Championships
    • As a referee - one of the approved local regional basketball carnivals – currently Whyalla, Murray Bridge, Millicent, Riverland and Mt Gambier Carnivals
    • The local area annual referee development camp

Program Outline

Members of the SRDP can expect to be given advanced training and referee development in areas that include (but not limited to);

  • Time Management
  • The Mentoring Process
  • Principles of Offence and Defence
  • Referee Coaching
  • Report writing
  • On-court presentation
  • Communication Skills
  • Rules & Mechanics application
  • Rule Interpretation
  • Conflict Resolution

On-court assessment may be carried out during selected local competition games, at regional carnivals and during Country Championships. Assessments may also take place via video analysis.

Each region will have “Regional Referee Co-ordinators” who will oversee the local area requirements and will forward reports on each referee progress through to the senior SRDP co-ordinators. At the end of the first year each member will have an evaluation to assess progress and to ensure they meet the scholarship and program requirements. A report will be prepared and submitted to SA Country Basketball on the progress and performance of each member.

Nomination Process   (Please note – preference is for nomination via on-line system)

A referee who meets the SRDP criteria and is wishing to nominate should complete the required form or submit their details via the on-line version. All questions must be completed and the name and contact details of a local association committee member or authorised referee co-ordinator who supports the nomination must be included.  

Applications close late October with the successful members notified early November and the program commencing later in November. On-line form is this link;

If you have any questions or require any further information please contact

Mike Gibson;  0449 522 991

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