Referee pathways

Just like learning to play basketball, learning to referee can be a lot of fun, very rewarding and a great way to earn a few dollars. Our referee program is run by Southern Districts Basketball Association, where you are supported every step whilst on this pathway. The SDBAL referee program facilitates you to ‘ease’ into the learning process.

You start off by joining one of our Beginner Referee Schools, which are run twice per year. We’ll take you through the rules of the game, where to stand (and run!), where you should be looking, and what we do as referees. You then get to ‘shadow’ (or follow) a more experienced referee on the court, experiencing what it’s like to be a referee without the pressure of having to make any calls.
As you progress and become more confident, you will move from ‘shadowing’ to refereeing opposite your partner, with a more experienced referee to ‘back-you-up’ on the court. In this way you will be calling the game but still have someone supporting you.
Continued on court practical and theoretical coaching continues as you progress through the different referee grades. Who knows, you might go on to referee QBL or in our National Leagues, or maybe even the Olympics?

To find out more about refereeing at SDBAL contact the SDBAL Referee Development Manager – Matthew Skinner – by email

With basketball competitions being held throughout the state all year round, opportunities are always available for those looking to become a referee, score table official or statistician.