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.Continue Reading
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.
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.
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.
Inquire about available employment opportunities as a referee in the NBA. Submit a detailed and honest resume regarding basic information, past experience and education.