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The Bendigo Basketball Association is officiated by referees from the Bendigo Basketball Referees Association (BBRA). The BBRA has some of the most highly credentialed referees in the state who are currently officiating in state based competitions. The BBRA also has referees just learning the game just like our players.

If you would like to become a referee the first step that you should take is contacting Bendigo Basketball Association. The Referee Supervisor of Bendigo Basketball association is responsible for conducting Orientation Level courses for beginning referees. The Beginner Course consists of 6 hours, which includes theory and practical, 2-men mechanics, Theory Examination & on court mechanics with a qualified referee in a real game situation.

All you need is a whistle, rule book and a readiness to learn!


Once you have successfully completed the Orientation Level course, you are assessed and graded by your Referee Advisor to Level 1C and are qualified to officiate domestic competition. Within six to twelve months of gaining your Level 1C grading, you are assessed by your Referee Advisor who may upgrade you to Level 1B when you are comfortable and confident with the whistle!

To become a Level 1A referee, you must referee at Basketball Victoria Country events. Once you become Level 1A grade official, you may be nominated by your Referee Advisor to officiate on the Victorian Junior Panel where you will be refereeing the best junior basketballers in the State in the Victoria Junior Championship. You will receive regular evaluations on your performance and helpful tips from the most senior educators in Victoria.

You will gain great experience refereeing on the Victorian Junior Panel and it is from here that referees may be nominated to participate in the Junior Country Basketball Cup, or be selected to represent Victoria at Junior Australian and Club Championships.

After completing a year on the Junior Panel and continuing to referee at Basketball Victoria Country events you may recieve your level 2, referees are the invited to Big V Basketball League. To reach this level is a great achievement and it is possible you may be identified by Basketball Australia to referee at National Junior Championships.

The next step is to progress to Level 3 and 4 and, based on performance, gain selection onto the National Panel. At the National Panel level, you will be officiating top Australian basketball including the Australian Basketball Association (ABA), Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) and National Basketball League (NBL) games. Referees who officiate on the National Panel are very good officials and must handle the pressures of top Australian basketball.

Referees who have their International Basketball Federation (FIBA) license, which is the highest obtainable level, may officiate at World Championships and Olympic games.

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