Basketball referees wanted to officiate games in Guelph and area


An organization in Guelph is recruiting basketball officials for the upcoming season.

In a news release, the Guelph Board of Approved Basketball Officials says the combination of the growth of the sport and the retirement of some of its members means there is a need for additional referees.

“Every year we like to recruit new referees to help keep the game going,” said Rusty Lovelock, GBABO recruitment officer and secretary-treasurer.

The group covers more than 2,000 games from high school to house league across Guelph, Wellington County and Dufferin County.

Lovelock said they will provide participants with an on-court training program that will be run by experienced referees.

“The basics, the rules, of course, are important, how to handle people, being physically fit, all the nuts-and-bolts types of things,” Lovelock said. “The training program is very, very basic. But we start all of our referees at that level.”

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In addition to learning about officiating and the sport of basketball itself, there are many skills people can develop through refereeing such as managing people, organizing and leadership.

“It is a way to remain physically active and stay involved in the game,” Lovelock said, adding that it is a great way to earn extra money.

The program is open to anyone 14 years of age and older. The first meeting goes Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes High School on Westmount Road.

For more information on the program, contact Rusty Lovelock at 519-821-3013 or


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