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Ref Union Assignors

Ref Union was founded by Chris Balasinski, a junior college and former NBA Development League official residing in Newport Beach, California.  Chris is entering his 10th season of working varsity high school basketball, his 8th year working college basketball, and he spent the 2012-2013 season in the NBA Development League (now known as the G-League).  He has a B.A. in Criminology, Law, and Society, with minors in Philosophy and Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. 
He later received his J.D. from the 
Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

General Area:  Southern California

Primary Area:  Orange County

Primary Sport:  Basketball
Top Client:  Open Gym Premier

Along with Chris, the Ref Union is comprised of a collection of assignors all of whom are committed to the representation of their respective officiating crews. They were accredited into the Union based on a long history of earnest negotiation, fair and timely pay, transparency, communication, and quality standards.  They share our ideology of collective bargaining and prioritizing the compensation, treatment, and safety of their crews.
All in all, these are the assignors that you can trust to do business the right way.

If you are an assignor who would like to be considered for the directory, please e-mail with a cover letter and contact information and we will be in touch with you shortly.

Yogi Najera

America's Finest Officials


General Area:  Southern California

Primary Area:  San Diego

Primary Sport:  Basketball

Top Client:  San Diego Sol

Miguel Gutierrez


General Area:  Southern California

Primary Area:  Los Angeles

Primary Sport:  Basketball

Top Client:  Homenetmen


Providing league and tournament referees throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington.

Proudly representing officials nationwide.


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Click on the icon above to view our 2019 State of the Ref Union address, highlighting our Union's success from the last year and our goals for the next.


P:  408-472-1355