Spanish international referee Miguel Betancor has accepted a position within FIBA Europe as Referee Coordinator. The newly created Referees department will concentrate on the development and education of all European FIBA Referees.
Betancor is recognised as one of the top FIBA referees in the world and has officiated over 400 international games, including the 1996 Olympic Games, 2 World Championships (1994 and 1998), 3 European Championships (1993, 1999 and 2003), 4 Tournaments of the Americas, 2 EuroLeague Final Fours, 4 Korac Cup Finals and 2 Ronchetti Cup Finals.
The refereeing project will be implemented in co-ordination with the University of Las Palmas, Gran
Canaria, Spain, where Betancor is a Professor of Education and Head of Department. The University has already conducted significant research into the education of basketball referees using modern technology.
||I’m very excited and motivated because I’m starting a new life in the world of refereeing
This aspect of the referees' education will be conducted via the internet and all FIBA referees will be given access to an intranet site. The site will be used for direct and immediate communication between referees as well as a resource for training materials such as written articles and video analysis.
“This is a new project for FIBA Europe,” said Executive Director Nar Zanolin.
“Miguel not only has the on-court experience of being a referee, he has also the practical knowledge which is vital for this project to succeed. The research that he has carried out and the backing of the University of Las Palmas make him the ideal person for this job.”
“I’m very excited and motivated because I’m starting a new life in the world of refereeing,” said Betancor.
“FIBA Europe is approaching the referee issue in a new way and this is very important for the development of referees.”
Betancor on the project:
|Betancor discusses a call with Italy's Giacomo Galanda during Eurobasket 2003|
“We want to develop officiating, using new technology with the support and resources of the University. We have already designed the intranet for the referees to use and we will also host 6 referee clinics next year in Las Palmas.”
“This is new and the first time we have applied this technology. This is a 4-year project and we have a lot of ideas, even about using technology during the game. But the goal is to keep thinking about the future and how we can improve.”
On the current standard of refereeing in Europe:
“For the first time in my career I have been working with many young referees from all across Europe this season. What is clear is that we have talent. Referees need the support of their federations and the support of FIBA Europe and that is the aim of this project.”
“If we want good basketball we have to have good officials because without this, it is impossible for basketball to improve.
On the implementation of the 3-man system in all FIBA Europe Competitions as of next season:
“The 3-man system is a good system. The mechanics are easy to introduce and we already have the books and teaching materials to do this. What we need to work on is implementing the philosophy of 3-man refereeing, which is to reduce the number of mistakes. With 3 referees, better decisions can be made. The philosophy is not to make more calls, but to improve the quality of the calls and therefore the game. In the game of basketball the stars are the players and it is our job to support them.”