Basketball referees needed

GUELPH – 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 commences in September.

Experience is not required as a training program is in place.

This on-court training program is tutored by experienced officials in conjunction with regularly scheduled meetings for all referees.  Practical training is the focus.

Learning opportunities, equipment, rule books, expectations and other important areas are all fully covered in the sessions.

The GBABO annually covers over 2,000 games, many of them in north and central Wellington and in Dufferin as well as in Guelph, so there are lots of opportunities to be involved.

Several referees have retired from the GBABO due to age or employment transfers.

The organization covers games from university through high school/rep to house league and everything in between.

Players, coaches, fans, former referees, interested spectators, university/college students, etc. are all welcome. The only requirement is candidates must be at least 14 years of age and be enthusiastic about learning the referee side of the game of basketball.

There are many good, solid reasons to give this a whirl:  develop lifelong friendships, enjoyable social aspects, earn money, stay close to the game you love, opportunities for advancement, remaining active, learn to manage people, satisfying challenges, a sense of accomplishment and participating in your community.

Normally the first meeting of the season is very early in September but the ‘new normal’ dictates that this year this may occur later in the month.

If interested or for more information, please call Rusty Lovelock at (519) 821-3013