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Frankston Basketball are always searching for new referees.


3 – 4 beginner courses are generally scheduled each year and are 2 – 4 weeks in duration.

Complete the Expression of Interest Form to register your interest and you will be contacted prior to the next course.

Members must be 14 years old when the course commences.

The course includes theory work and practical on-court experience. All you need is a whistle, rule book and a readiness to learn.


If you are an existing referee seeking a transfer from another association please contact us directly at

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 must 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

John Holden founded the referee’s association at Frankston in 1960 and has been a referees coach since 1965.

He has officiated more than 50 international games; including four Olympic Games, six Oceania qualification tournaments, the 1978 World Championships, and 89 NBL matches.

Holden is an honorary life Member of FIBA as well as a life member of five separate basketball associations throughout Victoria.


Referees coach since 1965 – increased in intensity after retirement as an active referee
Officiated at six Oceania Qualification tournaments
Victorian Country Grading Officer – Responsible for developing regional referees
Life Member of Frankston Referees Association
Life Member of Frankston & District Basketball Association
Life Member of Victorian Police Basketball Association
Life Member of Victorian Basketball Referees Association
Honorary Life Referee of FIBA
Commenced Referees Association at Frankston – 1960
Officiated at four Olympic Games – 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982
Officiated more than 50 international games – 1970-1984
Officiated at the Men’s World Championships in the Philippines – 1978
Officiated 89 NBL matches – 1979-1984
Inducted into the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2006