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Becoming a Green Shirt Referee – it’s about more than just Basketball!


Community Bank Seddon are proud to be long-time supporters of the Westgate Basketball Association’s Green Shirts Program.

Since 2015, the program has run twice a year training young people, over the age of 14, to become basketball referees.

The course involves participation in 2 x 3 hour theory sessions, usually held on a Sunday night at RecWest Braybrook, followed by a 12 week commitment during the day on Saturdays. Participants are then required to commit to a minimum of 3 games each Saturday.  Although some qualify for their ‘stripes’ prior to the end of the 12 weeks, for some it may take a little longer.

For many participants it’s a first job. Participants become more confident, not only as players, but they get another perspective, understanding why referee’s make certain calls and seeing what it’s like having to deal with spectators & players at that level. The challenge of managing the different aspects of the game, players and spectators helps them to develop great leadership and communication skills often taking on a mentorship role for others. As a first job, qualifying as a referee is great for future employment with many employers considering applicants with this experience in high regard.

Westgate Basketball Association runs two Green Shirts Programs a year with dates for the second program due to be released at the end of term 3. Stay tuned for more information on the Green Shirts, Aussie Hoops and School Holiday Programs – HERE

  • Suzanne Saunders