Welcome to the Referees home page where you can find out all the latest news, updates, rosters and rules.

Basketball in Victoria is the highest participating sport with over 247,900 players competing annually. With this is mind becoming a basketball referee can be a very strong and rewarding career pathway. At Mornington Basketball we offer a comprehensive referee program and pathway and welcome you to join the team. Our officials play an integral role in every basketball match to ensure that it is played in a fair and same manner with the rules.

Why should I become a referee?

There are so many reasons to become a referee. Here are a few:

  1. Be physically active and get fit
  2. Gain a better understanding of basketball and its rules
  3. Be involved in basketball (especially if you love the game)
  4. Meet new people, make new friends and share many great experiences
  5. Earn money and work flexible hours
  6. Improve your life skills (e.g. communication, independence, confidence, decision making and awareness)

How am I trained as a referee?
Mornington Basketball coordinates beginner schools for new referees throughout the year which are advertised on this website.

What does the beginner referee school involve?

Beginner referee schools are typically held over four or five weeks (session length and days vary) and include theory work and practical on-court experience.

What equipment will I need?

  • Whistle (provided at beginner school)
  • Rule book (available to download online)

What is the minimum age for a referee?
At Mornington Basketball the minimum age for a referee is 14.

Who conducts the referee school?

Referee Schools are conducted by a qualified Referee Coach or Referee Advisor. Those responsible for conducing Referee Schools hold all relevant accreditations from Technical Officials Commission (TOC), valid Working With Children checks and have Member Protection Documentation.

How much does a referee get paid?

Referees are paid in accordance with the TOC pay schedule

How will I improve as a referee?
All referees are coached and observed by referee coaches and senior referees who provide feedback and solutions to areas for improvement. Referees improve through match experience which is gained each week by being faced with challenges that you learn to overcome. With this experience and knowledge come better opportunities to referee higher quality games and an increase in payrates.

How do I become a referee? 
Please complete the online form at the bottom of this page and you will be placed on a waiting list and advised of the details for the next Referee School.

How do I become a referee? 
Please complete the online form at the bottom of this page and you will be placed on a waiting list and advised of the details for the next Referee School

What are the different levels of referees?

Apprentice referee and Level 1C

After completing the Beginner Referee School, you will have officiated as an apprentice referee working with a mentor. You will be assessed by the Referee Supervisor or Advisor and at this point may gain your Level 1 C which you are qualified to officiate domestic competitions.

Level 1B

Within 6 to 12 months of receiving your Level 1C grading the Referee Supervisor/Advisor will assess you over a period of time on your competencies to become a Level 1B official.

Level 1A

Level 1A course is conducted by a Referee Advisor. This course may take up to six weeks (6 x 2 hours) to complete. Upon completion of an A grade course, you are likely to be refereeing at the highest-level competition at your association.

Junior Panel

Once you become a 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 League (MUVJBL).

While officiating in the MUVJBL you will receive regular evaluations on your performance and helpful coaching tips from the most senior referee 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 State Referees Development Program or be selected to represent Victoria at Australian Junior Championships.

Level 2

After completing two years on the Junior Panel, referees are invited to undertake the Level 2 Referee Course and are encouraged to referee in the Victorian Basketball League (Big V).

Reaching this level is a great achievement and you may even be identified by Basketball Australia to participate in the National Referees Development Program.

Level 3 and Level 4

The next step is to progress to Level 3 and 4 then, based on performance and gain selection to the National Panel. At the National Panel level, you will have the opportunity of officiating top Australian basketball including the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL), Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) and National Basketball League (NBL) games.

Referees who officiate on the National Panel elite officials and must handle the pressures of top Australian basketball. National Panel referees may be nominated to FIBA to receive their FIBA license, which is the highest obtainable level, allowing them to be considered for World Championships and Olympic Games.

MDBA – Beginner Referee Waiting List.

Referee Communications:
All referees are expected to be members of the facebook group MDBA – Mornington Referees. All communications will be through this forum.



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