FAQ: Becoming a referee

If you want to become a referee, everything you need to know is right here.

Got more questions? Get in touch at refereeadvisor@bulleenboomers.com.au.

Why should I become a referee?

There are so many great reasons to become a referee, including:

  • Be paid while working flexible hours
  • Be physically active and improve your fitness
  • Be involved in the game you love, basketball!
  • Gain a deeper understanding of basketball and its rules
  • Meet new people, make new friends and share many great experiences
  • Self-improvement – be a better communicator, gain independence, improve your confidence, decision-making skills and awareness.

How much time is involved?

This is entirely up to you.
Trainee referees start of with theory sessions on four consecutive Sundays and are expected to gain experience by refereeing at least one day a week for a term under the guidance of a mentor.

Once accredited, referees can choose a permanent position with a flexible roster or a casual referee position on any shift throughout the week.

How old must I be to referee at Bulleen?

Any young people wishing to become a trainee referee must be over 14 years of age when they commence their first theory session. This is largely due to data which shows young people are more likely to succeed and enjoy refereeing from this age and are more likely to stick with it for longer too.

How much does a referee get paid?

This varies on the grade of the referee, usually ranging from $12 to $18 per game for Bulleen domestic competitions.

How will I improve as a referee?

All referees receive coaching and will be provided with feedback and solutions where there is room for improvement. Along with the experience, you gain each week by overcoming challenges that you face, and the greater knowledge of refereeing come better opportunities to referee higher quality games and be paid a higher rate.