To become an NBA referee, officiate high school, college and amateur-level basketball games. Learn the basic fundamentals of the game, such as play calling, rules, court presence and communication. Gather experience officiating high-stake games with a three-man referee system, and then apply for employment in NBA Summer and Development Leagues.
- Become a high school basketball referee
Gain experience officiating high school basketball games to learn the fundamentals of the game. Master the basics of play calling, rules, court presence and on-court communications.
- Officiate NCAA Division I college basketball games
Become a Division I college basketball referee to gain experience officiating high-stake games with large crowds. Learn the fundamentals of the next level of play, and practice the three-man officiating system. Experience as a referee in other professional leagues or non-NBA camps is also acceptable. It may be necessary to work as a Division II or III college basketball referee before receiving a Division I job.
- Become an NBA Camp referee
Apply to become a referee in the NBA Summer and Development Leagues. Go to nbaofficials.com, and fill out the questionnaire application. Gain knowledge on NBA play-calling, court presence and mechanics. Gather feedback and officiating experience from working directly under NBA guidance.
- Apply to become a referee in the NBA
Inquire about available employment opportunities as a referee in the NBA. Submit a detailed and honest resume regarding basic information, past experience and education.