Q: I want to become a referee. I played the game but have no or very little experience as a ref. Do you train?
A: The NCBOA offers a comprehensive training program for new officials, usually starting in August. The five-week course consists of classroom and on-court work. In the classroom we cover rules, mechanics, court coverage, professionalism, and more. On-court you'll get the chance, with a one-on-one mentor, to referee/train high school level scrimmages.
Q: If I do become an official, what kind of games will I be asked to do?
A: The final training session is also an on-court (solo) floor demonstration/evaluation. It is geared so that the association's assignors can assess your level of ability so that they can assign you accordingly. The possible assignments range from middle school, youth and adult recreation leagues, and even high school frosh/soph, JV, and even varsity!
Q: How much do games pay and how do I get paid?
A: Typically, middle school games are $50-$54, Frosh or frosh/Soph are $75-$85, varsity games are $95-$105, and adult recreation games are $43-$90. In general, officials are paid at the end of each season, but every league differs.
Q: How many games will I work in a season?
A: That is completely up to you! Your ability and your availability will mainly determine the number of games you are assigned. We've even had first-year officials work up to 100 games their first season!
Q: What uniforms/clothing must I have?
A: The standard uniform includes striped V-neck shirt, black pants, all-black shoes, and our standard association jacket, which can be purchased here. In our training we will go over more specifics and suggest places to purchase. You do not need a referee uniform for training!
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