At Basketball WA, we believe the game of basketball is an extremely positive influence in the WA community. Subsequently, we believe that Education and Training is central to the continued positive growth of our sport in Western Australia.
To ensure we sustain this level of growth and expertise, Basketball WA has taken an active role in improving and facilitating basketball education in WA. Our goal is to provide quality basketball education in all areas: coaching, refereeing, match officials, players, volunteers, and club administrators.
Basketball WA offers both informal and formal forms of basketball education and training. Informal education is offered through events like clinics and workshops. While formal education involves participating in an accredited program, which generally results in state, national, or international recognition of skills and competencies.
Below is a quick summary of each of the courses delivered and endorsed by Basketball WA. Please refer to the Upcoming Referee and Technical Official courses link above for more information.
Additional documentation below:
Additional course details, pre-requisite and assessment information can be found here – 2019 Referee and Referee Coach Accreditation Information
Booking and organising a course
Basketball WA have changed the way the courses are administered to allow affiliated associations to internally manage referee courses within their association. If your association would like to host a referee or referee coach course, please email Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org for booking information.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available for the Association Beginner and Level 1 Referee level only. For more information and RPL requirements please refer to the ‘2019 Referee and Referee Coach Accreditation information’ document at the top of this page.
Once you have read and understood the requirements please register for RPL HERE:
Refereeing can be a rewarding and fun experience and a great way to earn some extra cash while working in an active environment. Basketball WA conduct a number of State and Nationally accredited refereeing courses during the year designed to accredit participants who are new to refereeing as well as our elite level referees. For assessment details for all courses please refer to the information document at the top of this page.
Association Beginner Referee Course
This course is designed to teach the basic skills required to be a basketball referee. No prior experience is required to undertake this course however participants must be at least 12 years old prior to undertaking this course. Additional on – court training may be done after the course at the referees home association.
Development Referee Course
This course is designed to be incorporated in association referee development programs and is not an official part of the accreditation system. This course is not a pre-requisite for undertaking the Level 1 Course.
Level 1 Referee Course
This course is designed to teach the skill necessary to competently referee at domestic basketball (minimum of under 15s or 16s) as well as seniors. Domestic referees who have been refereeing for more than 12 months are eligible for this course. Referees who are over 15 years of age should endeavour to be a Level 1 Referee prior to refereeing at WABL or State or Country Championships.
Advanced Referee Course
This course is designed to teach the advanced skills of officiating and aimed at representative officials who are refereeing WABL, State or Country Championships (championship divisions). Referees successfully accredited at this level will be competently officiating Under 16 or Under 18 Championship level at WABL or equivalent in country regions under FIBA timing regulations.
Representative Referee Course
This course is designed to teach the expectations of an elite level official. Referees undertaking this course should be already active within the high performance pathway or wishing to enter the high performance pathway. Referees possessing the qualities to advance to the NBL1 level will be granted this accreditation.
Level 2 Referee Course
This course is designed to upskill referees who are actively officiating SBL Division 1 to assist them to the NBL1 level. Referees should have undertaken the Level 2 Course prior to gaining an NBL1 contract.
Level 3 Referee Course
This course is designed to upskill referees who are actively officiating SBL as a contracted official. Referees should have undertaken the Level 3 course within the first 3 years of receiving an SBL contract.
Referee Coach Education
Referee coaching can be a rewarding and fun experience and a great way to give back to the basketball community. Basketball WA conduct a number of State and Nationally accredited coaching courses during the year designed to increase the number of qualified referee coaches delivering and teaching the game to our participants but also to help individual coaches progress in their own personal development and qualifications.
There are several levels of Referee Coaching Accreditation with all requiring a Working with Children Check.
Association Referee Coach Course
This course is designed to upskill participants who are actively engaged or want to become actively engaged in training and supporting Association Beginner referees within their association. This is aimed at anyone who will be teaching or training referees and we recommend that all referee coordinators undertake this course. The course goes through the basics of the rules and coaching techniques required of association referee coaches or coordinators. Attending the course and undertaking the practical component (practical assessments are done as part of the course) grants accreditation. For more information please refer to the ‘2019 Referee and Referee Coach Accreditation Information’ document found at the top of this page.
Level 1 Referee Coach Course
This course is designed to give the skills necessary to teach referees at domestic level and assist their transition between the Association Beginner accreditation to the Level 1 accreditation. Referee coaches at this level would be suitable to referee coach at State and Country Championships as well as WABL on lower divisions. Referee coaches who have undertaken a Level 1 Referee Coach course will need to be assessed as competent at this level of accreditation.
Advanced Referee Coach Course
This course is the a State Representative accreditation. This course is designed to give advanced coaching techniques and skills applicable for State Championships, Country Championships and WABL pathways (divisions 1 and 2). Referee coaches at this level would be heavily involved in WABL or NBL1. Country Referee coaches may be assessed to this level depending on experience and current involvements in State programs. Referee coaches who have undertaken a Advanced Referee Coach course will need to be assessed as competent at this level of accreditation.
Level 2 Referee Coach
This course is designed to upskill referee coaches wanting to referee coach at the NBL1 level. This course is designed to teach advanced coaching techniques applicable to NBL1. Referee coaches who have undertaken the Level 2 Referee Coach course will need to be assessed as competent at this level of accreditation.
Level 3 Referee Coach
This course is aimed at referee coaches involved in or wanting to be involved in National Leagues. This course is facilitated by Basketball Australia and designed to teach advanced coaching techniques applicable to the National League Level.
Scoretable courses are run prior to the NBL1 season each year for new and existing officials of all levels. If you are interested in becoming a qualified scoretable official please contact email@example.com and ask to be put on a waiting list.
Statistician courses are run prior to the NBL1 season each year for new and existing officials of all levels. If you are interested in becoming a qualified statistician official please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be put on a waiting list.