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

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:
Be physically active and get fit
Gain a better understanding of basketball and its rules
Be involved in basketball (especially if you love the game)
Meet new people, make new friends and share many great experiences
Earn money and work flexible hours
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 conducting 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 pay rates.

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?

Trainee Referee
While you are training as a referee through out Referee Beginner School you will be a Trainee Referee (White Shirt). This will see you allocated to referee games running next to your appointed mentor who will help build your confidence and teach you the basics of Refereeing.

Apprentice Referee (Green shirt)
After completing the Beginner Referee School, you will be graded and appointed to games as an apprentice referee still working with your mentor but to allow you to grow as a referee you will be running at opposite ends of the court. This will be just like refereeing any other game but you will still have that added support of your mentor. During this time you will be assessed by the Referee Supervisor or Advisor and at this point may gain your C Grade which you are qualified to officiate all domestic competitions.

B Grade
Within 6 to 12 months of receiving your C Grade you may apply to be involved in a B Grade Development Program. This will help give you the required skills and knowledge to gain your B Grade. The Referee Advisor will assess you over a period of time on your competencies to become a B Grade Referee.

A Grade
The A Grade Referee 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 A Grade Referee, 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 1-2 years on the Junior Panel, referees are invited to undertake the Level 2 Referee Course and are encouraged to referee in the Senior Representative Games (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
The next step is to progress to Level 3 Referee. This is done through Basketball Victoria. Once you are identified as a referee who shows potential to referee highest competition in Victoria you will be invited to participate in a Level 3 course.

Level 4 and Level 5 (FIBA)
These Referees are those who officiated Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) and National Basketball League (NBL) games.
Referees who officiate on the National Panel are 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.


When a beginner school is scheduled to commence it will be advertised here and on our team app. There is no waiting list for the schools simply fill in the link for the upcoming school and attend the group interview.

You must be a minimum of 14 years of age to complete the beginner school and if you are over the age of 18 you must have a valid Working with Children Check (this must be brought with you to the group interview).

Expression of Interest link for school commencing Sunday 17/02/2019 

Beginner Referee School
Mornington District Basketball Referee Association run Beginner Referee Schools 2-3 times per year.
These courses consist of a 10 week program working towards being accredited as a C Grade Referee.

There are 5 commitments you must be able to attend in order to complete a Beginner Referee School:
Group Interview (where we select suitable candidates to partake in the course)
Week 1-4 Theory session (each running for approximately 2 hours)

Through this school you are appointed an on the court mentor who is one of MDBRA senior referees who will teach you the basics and help build your confidence on the court. The Referee Advisor and Referee Supervisors will help give you the feedback you need to be upgraded to an Apprentice Referee (Green Shirt). This normally will take 5 weeks from the start of the school.

From there you are then appointed to games with your mentor and continue to run and develop your skills as a referee. You then have the duration of the school to reach the competencies of a C Grade referee. At the time you will then be appointed to any domestic competition games.

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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