The FIBA Europe Referee Department once again was present in the Nordic Cup Youth Competition last week.
Despite the eruptions affecting Iceland, all of the teams gathered for the U16 and U18 annual competitions, and the referees and instructors that were present were supported by FIBA Europe Instructor, Alan Richardson.
The officiating clinic involved referees from each country, some of them FIBA referees, and also involved national instructors from each country.
Richardson commented, "In 2-3 weeks the national instructors will gather for their annual meeting in Las Palmas, where we roll out the teaching materials and listen to guest speakers, giving them the tools to work with the referees for the next 12 months. Tournaments like this are where we actually put into practice what we preach, working directly with the referees around the court and in the classroom. Here, the Instructors can also get guidance on how to work with the referees, and see first hand our philosophy in practice."
Richardson further commented, "It is clear that from the challenges that the referees face here, some aspects are no different from the games at club or national team level. Obviously the skill level is lower, but the skills in communication, concentration and teamwork are still just as important. We saw some interesting situations that really tested the referees ability in these areas."
The event held in Stockholm has become a fixture in the calendar, with FIBA Europe Instructors attending the last three editions at the request of the Swedish Federation.
Swedish Secretary General Lena Wallin-Kantzky said. "We are very pleased to have this kind of support and it is an integral part of our current education programmes which include referee and coach development. Obviously the other countries here are also benefiting from this joint co-operation between FIBA Europe and the Nordic region and this should support the development of national referees who aspire to become international referees in the future".