THE PBA is looking to pick young, tall referees from the tryouts being held at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.
More than 60 referees attended the tryouts that began on Tuesday, with the aspirants being pruned down for the final day on Friday. PBA deputy commissioner Eric Castro was present during the tryouts along with other technical officials.
PBA supervisor of referees Bong Pascual is happy with the turnout as they continue their search for new people that will officiate the games.
“Meron tayong nakita na mga young and potential referees especially ‘yung may mga height. ‘Yun ang hinahanap ko. At least, kasing laki ko. Mas malaki sa akin, mas gusto ko. Pero minimum is at least 5-7. Okay naman,” said Pascual.
And why is height a premium for referees, you might ask.
Well, Pascual said tall referees get a better vantage point of the action, especially if they are assigned underneath the basket in the middle of those big bodies.
"Kung maliit, madaling matakpan (ang view)," Pascual explained.
Four female referees also participated in the tryouts, which is a welcome sight for Pascual.
“Kung interesado talaga sila, kakausapin natin sila later on. We need more women referees,” Pascual said.
Aspirants were put to the test in their knowledge of the game, and even officiated a pick-up game between the PBA referees and the D-League referees.
“Sa ratings ko, tinitignan ko No. 1 ‘yung galaw nila, how they report, how they react on the play. Tignan natin,” said Pascual.
Those who made it to the tryouts will not immediately officiate in the PBA as they will continue to learn the rules of the professional league.
“Kailangan mai-discuss ko sa kanila ‘yung rule book ng PBA dahil PBA has different rules. Combination ng NBA at Fiba rules kaya dapat makabisado nila muna lahat ‘yun, maadopt nila. Habang nag-aaral sa rules, ‘yung mechanics naman dahil different din sa PBA,” said Pascual.
They will later on be included in the D-League pool.