Basketball referee shares his love of the sport


Scott Peterson began reffing basketball games at the age of 18 — and he hasn’t looked back.

“I just love the exercises, and being around people,” says Scott Peterson, Referee.

Peterson recently got his 200th win coaching the Our Redeemer’s Girls Basketball team. Now that the season’s over, he’s reffing for the State Amateur Basketball Tournament.

“I just love the more physical aspect of the game. And just seeing how these athletes can perform, even when they’re like 60 years old,” says Peterson.

He’s found that both reffing and coaching can help foster a better understanding of the game. 

“I miss calls and I go up and I tell them, “I blew it.” And it helps me be humble as a coach, too, when other officials are out there and you see them blowing a call in front of you. Hey, it happens,” says Peterson.

Each aspect of the game creates an opportunity for learning.

“I love teaching the game. I love reffing the game. I just love everything about it,” says Peterson.

A sentiment he’s passed down onto the next generation.

“Watching my dad and how he works with the girls and how he teaches them different things out on the court. That’s just fun watching that. Some day, I would like to be that for a team, too,” says Shad Peterson, Scorekeeper.

In the meantime, he’s learning every aspect of the sport that he can.

“He does stats and everything for our high school basketball,” says Scott Peterson.

“It’s really been a piece of work to get my mind to be able to stop the clock and keep track of the score at the same time, but it’s coming,” says Shad Peterson.

With over 20 years of coaching and reffing experience -and someone to follow in his footsteps- the Peterson name won’t be forgotten.

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