Referees

The Western Port Steelers has teams from U12 to U20 that compete in the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL)

Become a WPBA Referee

The growth of the WPBA domestic basketball competition has resulted in a need for both junior and senior referees. Referees can earn great cash and receive full training with no previous experience.

New referees need no previous experience as full training is provided and attendees receive a nationally accredited training certificate which is recognised by all affiliated basketball associations Australia wide.

Referees can earn the following “tax free” match payments after training and satisfactory on-court assessment.

If you are interested in becoming a referee please email Margaret at referees@wpba.com.au

Already graded and looking to join us?

Contact Margaret at referees@wpba.com.au, we are always looking for graded referees.

Are there different levels of referees?

Once you have successfully completed the beginner referee 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 undertake a course conducted by your Referee Advisor. Upon completion of an A grade course, you are likely to be refereeing at the highest level competition at your association!

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.

​After completing a year on the Junior Panel, referees are invited to undertake the Level 2 referees course and possibly be invited to referee for the Big V.To reach this level is a great achievement and it is possible you may be identified by Basketball Australia to participate in the National Referees Development Program.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.

Who governs basketball referees?

The Victorian Basketball Referees Association (VBRA) work in conjunction with Basketball Victoria to oversee the progress of officials in Victoria.

Click on the VBRA logo to head to their website.

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