|02 October 2009|
The FIBA Europe Referee Department continues to work with national federations in the development of their referees, and their preparation for the forthcoming season.
Richard Stokes has visited a number of countries over the last few weeks, the most of recent of which was Poland.
"There were basically two groups of referees, those who work in the professional leagues for men and women, and the much larger group that works in the other national leagues. However, the information that we shared with all referees is important for everybody, at every level. Our teaching materials carry the same message for all referees in every competition".
Darek Kowlaczyk, President of the Polish Referee Committee commented: "It was big honor to have Richard at our Preseason Clinic. For our young referees from the first and second league it is chance to listen to one of the top instructors in Europe. For Top League referees it is important to listen and follow FIBA Europe instructions."
Commissioner Zbyszek Soltysiak also added, "The Clinic was organize on a very high level, especially because one of the instructors was Richard Stokes from FIBA Europe. I believe that it will have big impact on refereeing at our national leagues. We need to go follow the criteria which are in Europe and this is the way forward."
Stokes also noted that the average age of the group was younger than most countries, which shows that the federation is investing well in the development of referees for the future.