Why should I referee?

The recruitment, development and retention of basketball referees is vital for the game of basketball at all levels.

Referees and officials are a crucial part of our sport. Quite simply, without officials, there is no game! We welcome any new referees and officials – whether you’re wanting to give back to your community, keep fit and active or simply learn more about the game. Alongside our associations, we will work to develop your skills at all levels of the game. One way of doing this through appointments at one of our National Age Group Championships.

In addition to association training courses, Basketball New Zealand also offers a range of officiating resources and training opportunities. Please download and read the available resources we’ve made available. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us here.


How do I become a referee?

Simply contact your local association – it really is that simple! Our associations regularly run training courses that cater for individuals that are just starting out or existing officials looking to take the next step and upskill. To find your nearest association please click here. You can also view upcoming training opportunities in your area by visiting our national Course Finder.

Kiwi Hoops Referee is our introductory course for all new officials. The Kiwi Hoops Referee Guide is a user-friendly introduction to basic basketball rules with a focus on helping to provide fun participation opportunities for young players. The course is designed for anyone new to basketball or refereeing with a focus on primary school age basketball (13 years and younger).

Our BBNZ Referee Development Programme provides a comprehensive overview of the officiating pathway available – from a Kiwi Hoops referee involved with miniball through to officiating at national and international events. This programme was developed by leading New Zealand referees working within our associations.

A dedicated Facebook page has also been established for all NZ referees. This is regularly updated with links to resources, information on rule changes as well as general conversation. Click here to access.


National Age Group Championships

Basketball New Zealand is responsible for the selection of officials that attend our National Age Group Championships. If you’re interested in finding out how you can get involved at one of these events, please contact our Referee Development Manager, Melony Wealleans.