KBRA looking for more referees

Do you love the game of basketball? Are you interested in learning how to officiate? Here’s your chance.

The Kauai Basketball Referees Association (KBRA) is looking for interested individuals for upcoming community league games.

“What we’re trying to do is recruit individuals, male or female, (who) are interested in learning about officiating basketball at the kids level and the adult level,” said KBRA president and commissioner Sean Spriggs. “Basically, if they’re interested in officiating, time keeping and score keeping, I think for the first two days, it’s training. After that, it’s all paid.”

The association is offering free training in hopes of getting new referees integrated into the upcoming Winter Basketball league, which begins Jan. 4. Prior experience is not necessary.

If those training get hired to officiate games, referees will be paid by game. Wages vary, Spriggs said.

“The organization got the county contract to do Winter Basketball. We got a lot of games that’s coming up. What a great place for these people to start, on the county level,” he said. “Right now, I got five on staff. I got five that are committed, included myself. And I want to build this thing. It’s not about me. It’s not about KBRA. It’s about people in general. It’s about building our communities. That’s the key.”

“Basically, I just want people who are passionate. I can also take people who just want to make money and learn something new,” Spriggs added. “It’s the community — servicing the community and servicing the kids. … It’s about providing a service that empowers our community.”

In conjunction, Spriggs is planning to host a clinic to train referees which would also be free. The date and location is to be determined, but Spriggs is hopeful to have the event sometime late February to early March.

“At this clinic, I’m going to bring one or two guys from Oahu to train these guys, along with myself. We’re going to go over basic fundamentals of officiating basketball,” he said. “It’s exciting because these guys have a lot of exposure. They do state basketball championships, along with myself. They’re going to have a lot of tools.”

Information: Spriggs, 651-9105. kbraofficials@gmail.com.

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