Referee Pre-Season Clinics

Prior to the start of each Spalding Waratah Senior and Junior Leagues and NBL1 East season, Basketball NSW conducts Pre-Season Clinics. These action days are used to prepare our officials for the season ahead.

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Pre-Season Clinic

The Pre-Season Clinic are a requirement for any referee looking to referee in any Basketball NSW League in season 2024. Each clinic will go through:

  • The Fitness Assessment (Yo-Yo Test)
  • Review of the League Handbooks and League Guidelines
  • Go through on-court Workshops

We will be running 1 clinic dedicated for NBL1 and Waratah Senior League Referees. And multiple clinics across the state for Referees looking to referee in the Junior Premier League and Waratah Junior Leagues.

To register for a clinic, click on the link below.

Dates & Location

  • NBL1 East & Waratah Senior League Clinic:
    • 5th November from 11am to 2pm @ Barker College
  • Metro Junior League:
    • 12th November from 9am to 12pm @ Northern Suburbs Basketball Association
    • 26th November from 9am to 12pm @ Bankstown Basketball Association
  • North Eastern Junior League:
    • 11th November from 11:30am to 1pm @ Tamworth Sports Dome
    • 18th November from 12pm to 2pm @ Byron Bay, Cavanbah Centre
    • 19th November from 10:30am to 1pm @ Port Macquarie Basketball Stadium
    • 25th November from 11am to 1pm @ Maitland Federation Centre
  • Southern Junior League:
    • 29th October from 11am to 1pm @ Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Tuggeranong. 
    • 5th November from 11am to 1pm @ Wagga Wagga, PCYC
    • 12th November from 9am to 11am @ Bateman’s Bay Basketball Stadium
  • Western Junior League:
    • 4th November from 11am to 1pm @ Griffith Regional Sports Centre
    • 11th November from 12pm to 2pm @ Bathurst Indoor Sports Stadium
    • 23rd November 6pm to 8pm @ Dubbo Christian School
    • 22nd November 5pm to 7pm @ Leeton Basketball Stadium


Which clinic should I attend?

A: Whichever league you refereed consistently last year, attend that clinic (Eg. if you regularly refereed juniors, then attend a junior clinic). If you are unsure, reach out to your RDO for their assistance.

Can I attend 2 clinic’s?

A: Yes, you only need to register once and you can attend 2 clinic’s if you wish. Whether it would be the Senior and a Junior clinic or 2 Junior clinic’s. Particularly if you wish to run the fitness test again.

What should I bring to the Clinic?

A: We recommend you bring the following:

  • Running attire and running shoes
  • Some food, a water bottle and a towel
  • A method to take notes
  • An electronic device (Phone or tablet)
  • A Whistle

If I am a regular referee on NBL1 and/ or Waratah Senior League and I can’t attend the clinic?

A: Firstly email myself ( that you are unable to attend and detail your reason why. You will need to attend a Junior Pre-Season clinic to run the Fitness Assessment and then catch up on the content that will be shared by the Program Managers.

What if I am unable to attend any clinic but wish to referee in the league’s next year?

A: If due to specific circumstance’s, you are unable to attend any clinic, you must email both Steve Clark ( and Bradley Mattioli (, explaining why and we will discuss further actions with you.

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Women in Officiating Conference

All registered female technical officials are invited to join us for our free  inaugural Women in Officiating Conference and celebration at The Locker Room, in Sydney Olympic Park.

The event promises an immersive and interactive experience including:

  • Lunch
  • Award Presentations
  • Guest Speakers
  • Talk Panels
  • Networking Opportunities

The event is open to all registered female officials aged 13+, but please note, if you are under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you.

Register your attendance by Friday the 24th of November!

Register Here

NBL1 East

NBL1 consists of South, North, Central, West and East Conferences with both men’s and women’s competitions.

NBL1 East launches in March every year and concludes with finals to be played in August. The winning Men and Women’s teams from NBL1 East progress to the NBL1 National Finals.

Spalding Waratah Leagues


The Waratah Senior Leagues comprises of the Spalding Waratah Men, Spalding Waratah Women, Spalding Waratah 1 Youth Men, Spalding Waratah 2 Youth Men, Spalding Waratah 1 Youth Women, Spalding Waratah 2 Youth Women and the GTK Waratah Wheelchair League powered by Spalding.

The Finals weekend sees the conclusion of the season of the Waratah Senior Leagues, with the Semi-Finals played on Saturday and the Grand Finals played on Sunday.


The Basketball NSW Junior Competitions are representative competitions conducted throughout regional and metropolitan NSW.

The Competition consists of five leagues: Junior Premier League (JPL), Metro Junior League (MJL), North Eastern Junior League (NEJL), Southern Junior League (SJL) and Western Junior League (WJL).

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