How to Become a RBA Referee
If you have a love of basketball and want to be an integral part of the RBA that you've been a part of since elementary school, sign up to be a referee!
Age Requirement: 9th to 12th grade
Sign-Ups: Contact Joe Heinzmann by email at
by November 26th. Returning referees must send an email to Joe Heinzmann to confirm their interest.
Mandatory Referee Clinics:
- Before December 1, time and place TBA we will have an instruction session for all new referees. During our first weekend we will have all new referees work together with our certified referee coodinator, William Stevenson. New referees will work scrimamge games where they can get hands on experience working.
Skills Required: Basic knowledge of the game of basketball and willingness to learn the RBA rules.
Scheduling: The number of assigned games is determined by the referee and skill level. Games are primarily on Friday nights and weekends.
Any questions? Contact:
JOE HEINZMANN , VP Basketball Operations
Home phone: 894-1563
REMEMBER YOU MAKE THIS PROGRAM HAPPEN!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the criteria for assigning referees of various ages and experience to the house league?
Where possible, experienced high school referees are assigned to the 3rd/4th grade level. The experience is necessary to control games without certified referees present. One high school referee and one certified referee are assigned to each 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade level. Generally, the new high school referees will officiate a 5th/6th game while being mentored by a certified referee.
- What is the criteria for assigning referees to the travel league?
Both officials for the travel league are certified (aka, patch) referees.
- What are the referees' responsibilities when a flagrant foul or technical foul is called?
Mr. Heinzmann must be notified of any flagrant foul or double technical foul assessed to a coach or player. The RBA will take further action as is necessary. That action may include written findings that will be verified by the officials involved. It is the policy of the RBA to monitor and verify patterns of poor behavior so that the Board may determine whether additional penalties are warranted.
- What should a referee do if one is sick or cannot make a game within hours of the tip-off?
Two referees at each game are essential to running a great program and elevate the quality of the games. It is unacceptable to miss an officiating assignment without providing notice to the Mr. Heinzmann. In the unlikely event that an official has a "last-minute" emergency or illness, the official must contact Mr. Heinzmann at home (894-1563), mobile phone (917-440-2000). The referee must call until he or she reaches a person - leaving a message is helpful but not sufficient. An official may arrange for another official to take an assignment in an emergency.
- Can a referee officiate a sibling basketball game?
We do our best to avoid appearances that would appear to favor one team or another. As such, we attempt to avoid this kind of situation.
- How much are referees paid? When do we get paid?
First year officials are paid $12 per game for regular season games. Experienced referees are paid $14 per game. This is an increase effective for the 2007-08 season. For playoff games we will pay $18 per game.
We will pay referees weekly.
- Are the top referees rewarded?
Top referees are chosen to work playoff and championship games. Compensation for playoff games is greater than in the regular season. In addition, the RBA selects four $1,000 scholarship recipients each year and excellent officiating along with a keen sense of responsibility is a heavily weighted component.