Thinking of becoming an Official?

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.

“Refereeing provides a challenge of being able to control a game whilst providing a fun and fair competitive contest for the players. I believe referees are guardians of the game and should be in the background only intervening when required. Refereeing has provided me with life- long friendships which I have made through attending National Championships around the country. I have also been very lucky to have become a FIBA referee which has give me the opportunity to visit and explore many different countries whilst refereeing games. I’m hoping to keep refereeing as long I’m still enjoying it and continue to try and get better on each game I do. I encourage anyone to get out there and give it a go -you never know you may like it!”

– Marty Davison, 2019 Sal’s NBL Referee of the Year

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.


National Age Group Championships

Want to be a part of our National Pathway? Attendance at one or National Age Group Championships will ensure your place on the National Pathway.

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 us here.

Rules, Education, 3×3 & Scoretable Resources

In addition to association training courses, BBNZ in conjunction with FIBA, have made available a range of different officiating resources and training opportunities. To access the rules and resources, please click the relevant link in the page navigation to the left.

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.

FIBA has recently replaced their Mechanics Manual with a number of FIBA Referee Courses. These not only cover mechanics, but also provide referees with essential refereeing information.

Whilst we have included a number of resources incorporating Three Person Officiating (3PO), it is recommended that NZ competitions at association level use two officials. 3PO is not simply a matter of adding a third official and so in choosing to use this mechanic, it is important that referees receive correct instruction. Referees should understand and be adept in the principles of verticality and refereeing the defense before progressing to 3PO.

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.

Please download and read the available resources we’ve made available. If you have any questions concerning our pathway, rules or resources please do not hesitate to contact our Referee Development Manager here.


More information

Looking for an App that has all of your refereeing needs on hand? FIBA iRef Pre-Game is a specialised App for pre-game preparation of basketball referees, developed by FIBA. FIBA iRef Academy Library contains FIBA published material from grassroots through to the elite level.

Both Apps include videos, pre-game preparation, resources and manual plus lots of other useful information. Free to download from the Apple & Google Play App Stores.

NBL Referees – check out the NZNBL Website for NBL referee information, including history and records.

Sport NZ – please visit the Volunteers & Officials section on the Sport NZ website to find good practice advice and research on a range of different areas.