2020 New Referees Needed

The growth of the PDBA domestic competition has resulted in a need for both junior and senior referees.

Referees are the “Third Team” on the court, are an integral part of the game. Without referees, the game cannot commence!

You will also be remunerated for your efforts!

New referees will receive full TOC/VBRA Approved training by a Level 3 Referee Coach, and is recognised by all Basketball Victoria affiliated basketball associations, and around Australia.
Once you have completed the school, your learning continues on court. You will receive support of referee mentors and Accredited Referee Coaches.

Potential referees will be required to attend an interview, before being accepted.

Training is normally across 5-7 weeks, each 3 hours in length.
The training also includes on court training and education, and evaluations.

Costs are normally around $150, which covers:-

  • Course
  • Workbook
  • USB with Rules and other essential Referee Documentation
  • Green Shirt
  • Fox40 Whistle and lanyard

You must be at least 14 years of age to apply.

For more information regarding training to become a referee or to inquire about refereeing in the local competition please email the  Referees Advisor direct at:-



New FIBA / Basketball Victoria Rules – 1st October…

Hi All,


As of the new season for domestic, and will be for VJBL quite possibly as well.


These will be added to our by-laws, and website shortly.


New Rules
Please be aware the FIBA rules have changed effective from the start of our new season (Monday October 1st).

To follow is a file outlining all the changes made, but the key changes for a domestic level are:-

– Technical fouls (player, coach and bench) will all now be two shots + possession (This is not the FIBA rule, but instead a state-wide by-law that will be used in VJBL and BigV as well).

– The inbound following a technical foul, unsportsmanlike foul or disqualifying foul shall now take place at the throw-in line in the team’s frontcourt (and they shall only be entitled to pass into the frontcourt).

– During an inbound in the final two minutes of the game, the referee administering the inbound shall give a warning to the defender (using signal and voice) about not reaching over the line and interfering with the inbound. Should this action happen, an immediate technical foul shall be assessed to that player.

– When the game clock shows 2:00 minutes or less in the fourth quarter or overtime, following a time-out taken by the team that is entitled to the possession of the ball from its backcourt, the coach of that team has the right to decide whether the game shall be resumed with a throw-in from the throw-in line in the team’s frontcourt or from the team’s backcourt at the place nearest to where the game was stopped.

– For a double foul to be called, the fouls must additionally have an equal penalty. For example if each team has 2 team fouls in the quarter, a double foul can occur, however if the defensive team instead had 5 team fouls (in the bonus), a double foul could not be called as the penalty for one of the fouls includes free throws and the other does not.


Pakenham Referees Get Awards

VBRA – TOC Pakenham Branch Committee.

At the TECHNICAL OFFICIALS COMMISSION – 2017 AWARD WINNERS last Sunday, the Pakenham Referees Branch, and one of our referees were recognised.

The Referee Branch won the Gordon Busby Award – Referee Branch of the Year – Medium: Pakenham Branch, for all the great work the Branch Committee and the Advisor have done over the last year.
We currently have the largest number of referees and referee coaches the branch has ever had. 3 Junior Panel and 2 Senior Panel Referees.

Additionally, one of our Junior Panel Referees won the Bill and Ray Hunt Award – Male Domestic Referee of the Year – Junior (Under 23): Kash Gaitely (Pakenham), for all his hard work for the association and his achievements on the court.

Male Domestic Referee of the Year – Junior (Under 23): Kash Gaitely

Please assist the PDBA in thanking all our referees and all the time that put into making the games possible.


PDBA Uniform Modifications

The PDBA will allow players to wear compression gear, as per recent FIBA rule changes.


During the Season, all teams will be required to meet the following criteria when issuing their teams with playing uniforms.

The uniform of all team members shall consist of:

  • Singlets of the same dominant colour front and back. All players (male and female) must tuck their singlet into their shorts.
  • Shorts of the same dominant colour front and back, but not necessarily of the same colour as the shirts. The shorts must end above the knee.
  • If Associations are unable to meet the above criteria they need to contact the VJBL Administration and explain why. If the PDBA believes there are exceptional
    circumstances they may give permission for associations to make alternate uniform arrangements.


When a team is named first in the fixture, whether playing at home or a neutral venue, the association/team is required to check the Contrast Listing on the website.
If a team is grouped in the same section on the Contrast list as their opponent, the first named team must change to their alternate uniform.


Religious headgear, provided it is black, white or same dominant colour of playing singlet, may be worn during PDBA games and common sense must be used in these situations.



The PDBA will allow players to wear compression gear, as per FIBA rules.

Any compression item must be black, white or same dominant colour of playing singlet.

If there is a logo or branding on the item, it must not be visible outside of the uniform or to be the same colour as the item. Eg, black on black.

The colour choice will be decided by the player’s team to ensure that players have uniformity if more than one player in a team is wearing compression gear.
This means that if one player is wearing black compression gear, any other player in the team must also wear black in any compression gear worn.


PDBA 2018 Winter Domestic Season Rule Changes

Welcome to all the new and returning teams to the PDBA 2018 Winter Domestic Season.

As of this season, we are enforcing the rules that FIBA have introduced.

Below is the details of the changes:-

  1. The “Unnecessary Contact” Unsportsmanlike Foul (new, additional rule)

This new rule applies to contact on a dribbler in transition if the defender has not established a Legal Guarding Position.

This will typically occur on a steal or turnover when a defensive player tries to impede the dribbler by reaching across or bumping them.

It does not matter if the contact is intended or accidental – it is still an Unsportsmanlike Foul.

It does not matter where any of the other defenders are on the court – there may be one or more defenders between the ball handler and the basket, but it is still an Unsportsmanlike Foul.

Transition starts with the steal or turnover and ends with the start of the Act of Shooting, or when the offense stops and sets up.

The “fast-break” Unsportsmanlike foul still applies as well. This new “Unnecessary Contact” Unsportsmanlike Foul is an additional ruling, intended to clean the game up in transition.

For guidance, if the defender has a legal guarding position in front of the dribbler but does not quite adjust in time and is called for a Blocking Foul, normally call this a common Foul.

If the defender does not ever have a legal guarding position on transition, which usually occurs if they are beaten at the start of the turnover, then the defensive foul will usually be an “Unnecessary Contact” Unsportsmanlike Foul.

  1. The new application of the Travel Rule

First, there is NO CHANGE to the travel rule regarding players who receive the ball while stationary. There are NO extra steps permitted, and the player must still release the ball BEFORE commencing a dribble. This is UNCHANGED.

The rule has changed for players who gain control of the ball while on the move. Essentially, they are allowed an extra step. This will become effective particularly for the “spin move”, but also applies to “catch and dribble” or “catch and shoot” situations as well.

This new rule can be hard to apply at high speed. For guidance, if the move looks “a bit wrong” but you are not certain, allow it. If it is clearly illegal even under the new rule, then call the Travel.

  1. One Unsportsmanlike Foul plus Technical Foul means disqualification.

For some time we have had Two Technical Fouls or Two Unsportsmanlike Fouls by the same player in the same game meaning that they are disqualified and have to leave the game (and the court area in most cases, although common sense might need to be applied for Juniors and in some venues).

Now the rules have added One Unsportsmanlike Foul plus Technical Foul means disqualification. This makes common sense.

Please note that the disqualification is NOT an extra foul – it simply means that the particular player can no longer play in that game.

Below are some videos to help with the changes:-

It may take some time for players and officials to fully adapt to these changes.

A friendly reminder to all coaches and players of the high expectations we have as a league on player and coach behaviour and that we have zero tolerance for disrespectful behaviour towards referees.

Referees are an integral part of the sport and the PDBA Domestic league is an important one for the development, education and experience it provides to the next generation of elite referees within the state.

Referees are human like all of us and mistakes will occur from time to time. Basketball Victoria and the PDBA can only be proactive in ensuring these officials are educated further on these errors (if any are made), to ensure we are achieving continuous improvement and upskilling them where appropriate.

Be rest assured Basketball Victoria and the PDBA has strong and prominent systems in place for driving continued improvement in this area, with coaching and reviewing processes occurring each day across all PDBA Domestic matches throughout the season.

If you have any questions, please ask the referee supervisor on the night.



Warriors at Huskies training

Pakenham Huskies Basketball Club had Pakenham Warriors Big V Players & Coach attend some training sessions last week. The players and Coach spoke with Huskies players, ran some drills and socialised with them. Great fun was had by all.

Pictured is “The Bolting Huskies” U12 team coached by Big V Development Player Logan Mills with Warriors players Ben Gaze, Josh Bjelan & Brad Bridgewater, Big V Coach Brent Russell and Huskies President Mark Bau.

If your Club/Teams are interested in having Big V Players and Coach attended and run one of your training session, then please contact Big V Coach Brent Russell at


Australian Goannas v Pakenham Warriors YLM

The Goannas are the Men’s National representative team for Deaf basketball in Australia and is made up of the best deaf athletes throughout the nation. Residing in multiple states, players travel once every month to their training base in Melbourne to train together for a weekend before resuming their normal representative club duties back home. 

Once again this year, the Pakenham Warriors Youth League Men’s team will host an exhibition game against the Goannas.

  • Where:  “The Colosseum” – Cardinia LiFE, Pakenham
  • When:  Saturday Feb 24th at 6pm


2018 Pakenham Warriors Big V Teams Singlet Presentation

  • Youth League Men – Prior to Goanna’s Game
  • Youth League Women – at Half Time Interval
  • Division 2 Men – also at Half Time Interval



School Holiday Camps Cancelled

Unfortunately, both the School Holiday Basketball Skills Camp and the School Holiday REP only Super Camp scheduled for this coming week have had to be cancelled.

Refunds have been issued to all that had booked.

We apologise for any inconvenience.


PDBA President Christmas Message

Dear Pakenham Basketball family,

On behalf of the entire PDBA Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one, in our extended basketball community, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May we always be mindful of the spirit of caring, sharing, love and generosity over the festive season. I’m particularly aware that the success of our basketball association rests upon the valuable support of our members and the hard work of the committees and volunteers, who so generously give their time and energy.
Let’s all do our best to improve the depth of our involvement in society and grow as individuals, contributing in whatever capacity we are able, for the benefit of our families and the community. There is a direct correlation to the effectiveness of the Association and your membership, and how involved you are in the activities and opportunities provided by the Association.

I urge everyone to assist the PDBA to continue on our journey of growth, embrace the experience and encourage others to participate in 2018.
Finally, let me take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your wonderful support and dedication. Whether you’re a serving member, volunteer, sponsor, player, parent, coach or assistant, your contributions to the Pakenham & District Basketball Association, are priceless.

Wishing you and your families a safe & enjoyable Christmas festive season.

Best Wishes,

Alan Lee
Pakenham & District Basketball Association