Basketball referees needed in the region, training provided to new recruits

September 9, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

As the game of basketball continues to expand across Ontario and Canada, there is a growing need for referees to be part of the game.

The Guelph Board of Approved Basketball Officials (GBABO), which covers all of Wellington and Dufferin counties, is searching for new basketball officials for the upcoming 2021/22 season that gets underway in September.

Experience is not needed as training is provided. 

The On-Court Training Program is tutored by experienced officials in conjunction with regularly scheduled meetings for all referees.

The focus is on practical training, and learning opportunities, equipment, rule books, expectations, and other important areas are fully covered in the sessions.

The GBABO annually covers over 2,000 games. Many of those games take place in north and central Wellington and Dufferin counties as well as in Guelph.

The GBABO cover games from high school, rep leagues, house leagues, and right up to university.

Players, coaches, fans, former referees, interested spectators, university/college students, are all welcome.

The only requirement is that candidates must be at least 14 years of age and enthusiastic about learning the referee side of the game.

There are many benefits to becoming a referee. These included developing lifelong friendships, social interactions, and earning money.

In addition, you can stay close to the game, remain active, learn to manage people, and get a sense of accomplishment and participation in your community.

The GBABO has lost several referees due to retirement or employment transfers and need people to step up and fill these positions.

Normally the first meeting of the season is held in early September, however current circumstances have moved the meeting to later in the month.

If you are interested becoming a basketball referee or would like more information, call Rusty Lovelock at 519-821-3013.

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