ABOUT THE REFEREES PROGRAM

 TOC Restructure 

This year the VBRA-Werribee Branch will become the Technical Officials Commission (TOC) Werribee. This change has been made to develop a structure better aligned with both the National and State organisations. 

The TOC will consist of all officials including the scorers, statisticians and referees as was discussed at our last AGM/Awards night. The VBRA-Werribee Branch committee has worked closely with the Werribee Basketball Association (WBA) throughout the restructure. 

This new structure will lead to a better alignment between the WBA and our officials. Our aim is to support the objectives and vision of basketball within Werribee. By bringing together all officials, we are able to share resources and provide better pathways and improve education. 

In order to facilitate this change and become more effective, as an interim step the VBRA-Werribee Branch has agreed to restructure its organisation. At the next AGM a motion will be put forward to adopt this change permanently. 

The changes that the current committee has approved are: 

→Chair : Mike White

→Vice-Chair : Steve Morris 

→Secretary : Allison Scholey

→Junior Representative : Gurpreet Sidhu 

→Advisor: Ken Warren

→Competition Manager: Chris Clyne 

→Scorers and Statisticians : TBA 

The current committee has approved this new structure to be operational as of the June 1, 2018. 

Further news will be published in the coming weeks. For any concerns or questions please feel free to reach out to any of the above as their contact details will be on Referee Manager shortly. 

A special thanks to those VBRA-Werribee Committee members who have contributed significantly to the restructure and will continue to be involved either directly on the new committee or in assisting the TOC Committee through sub-committees. 

Who governs basketball referees?

The Technical Officials Commission (TOC) work in conjunction with Basketball Victoria to oversee the progress of officials in Victoria.

Who are the Technical Officials Commission?

All referees much be registered with TOC, through their local association, to ensure they can access entitlements associated with Basketball Victoria affiliation. TOC’s two main responsibilities are to:

Represent the interests of all Members within the state of Victoria and at a national level

Provide members with the opportunity to maximise their potential by officiating in the highest level of basketball possible, given their own ability.

In addition to officiating, you can become a Referee Coach or work the Scoretable. Referee Coaches courses are conducted for referees who want to be involved in teaching and assessing referees performances on games. There are three levels for evaluators to reach and you can progress as a Referee Evaluator just the same as referees – right up to the NBL!

Are there different levels of referees?

Once you have successfully completed the Orientation Level course, you are assessed and graded by your Referee Advisor to Level 1C and are qualified to officiate domestic competition.

Within six to twelve months of gaining your Level 1C grading, you are assessed by your Referee Advisor who may upgrade you to Level 1B when you are comfortable and confident with the whistle!

To become a Level 1A referee, you much 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 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.

You will receive regular evaluations on your performance and helpful tips from the most senior 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 Junior Australian and Club Championships.

After completing a year on the Junior Panel, referees are invited to undertake the Level 2 referees course and possibly be invited to referee for the Big V.

To reach this level is a great achievement and it is possible you may be identified by Basketball Australia to participate in the National Referees Development Program.

The next step is to progress to Level 3 and 4 and, based on performance, gain selection onto the National Panel. At the National Panel level, you will be officiating top Australian basketball including the Australian Basketball Association (ABA), Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) and National Basketball League (NBL) games.

Referees who officiate on the National Panel are very good officials and must handle the pressures of top Australian basketball.

Referees who have their International Basketball Federation (FIBA) license, which is the highest obtainable level, may officiate at World Championships and Olympic games.

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