Frankston Basketball Referees

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    Becoming a basketball referee can be a challenging and rewarding career.

    Frankston Basketball are always on the lookout for potential referees and there is a defined referee pathway if you are willing to take the next step.

    If you would like to become a referee the first step is to contact;

    Frankston Basketball

    Our referee development officer is responsible for conducting the orientation courses for beginner referees. Beginner courses are typically held over four or five weeks (session length and days vary) and include theory work and practical on-court experience. All you need is a whistle, rule book and a readiness to learn. The Referee Advisor is then responsible for your ongoing education and training as a basketball referee.

    Are there different levels of referees?

    Once you have successfully completed the Orientation Level course and you have officiated as an apprentice referee working with a mentor, you are assessed and graded by your Referee Advisor to Level 1C and are qualified to officiate domestic competitions.

    Within six to twelve months of gaining your Level 1C grading, you are assessed by your Referee Advisor who will upgrade you to Level 1B when you show the competencies of a Level 1B official.

    To become a Level 1A referee, you must undertake a course conducted by your 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.

    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 (Melb. Utd. VJBL).

    While officiating in the Melb. Utd. VJBL 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.

    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.

    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. the National Panel referees may be nominated to FIBA to recieve their FIBA license, which is the highest obtainable level, allowing them to be considered for World Championships and Olympic Games.



     Australian Basketball – Hall of Fame

    John Holden founded the Referee’s Association at Frankston in 1960 and has been a referees coach since 1965.

    He has officiated more than 50 international games; including four Olympic Games, six Oceania qualification tournaments, the 1978 World Championships, and 89 NBL matches.

    Holden is an honorary life Member of FIBA as well as a life member of five separate basketball associations throughout Victoria.


    • Has been a referees coach since 1965 – increased in intensity after retirement as an active referee.
    • Officiated at six Oceania Qualification tournaments.
    • Victorian Country Grading Officer – Responsible for developing regional referees.
    • Life Member of Frankston Referees Association.
    • Life Member of Frankston & District Basketball Association.
    • Life Member of Victorian Police Basketball Association.
    • Life Member of Victorian Basketball Referees Association.
    • Honorary Life Referee of FIBA.
    • Commenced Referees Association at Frankston – 1960.
    • Officiated at four Olympic Games – 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982.
    • Officiated more than 50 international games – 1970-1984.
    • Officiated at the Men’s World Championships in the Philippines – 1978.
    • Officiated 89 NBL matches – 1979-1984.
    • Inducted into the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2006.