In conjunction with BBI's Cut the Dribble campaign, BBI has recently announced a change to senior referee pay scales. This is a trial initially that will likely become permanent in the new year.
The change sees referees paid based on qualification and level of training, this aims to promote the referee education pathway, regardless of the senior competition they officiate (GBL or Senior Social).General Manager Hamish Cain said “The game of basketball cannot exist without the contributions of our amazing officials, and BBI's commitment to providing better wages is just one of the ways that we intend to deliver a better-quality product for our players. Our cut the Dribble campaign is aimed at fostering a more positive relationship between players and officials and is a reminder that like players, referees are human beings and should be treated with respect and empathy”.
Additionally, there has been an increase for newer referees to support their continued participation across our comps, with wages more reflective of the current market. There will also be the introduction of training courses that aim to upskill referees in other areas of game management. This type of ongoing professional development is essential to make sure we continue to deliver the best competitions in Brisbane.
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