|Richard Stokes at the Birmingham Referee Clinic|
The FIBA Europe Referee Department's latest stop has been Britain, most precisely the British Basketball League (BBL) weekend in Birmingham, January 14-15.
During the event, FIBA Europe Head of Competitions and Referee Department Richard Stokes delivered a short clinic on the current use and application of game mechanics for Three Person Officiating, as well as a session on Conflict Management to 30 referees from the BBL.
Stokes also attended a BBL game in Worcester to see three of the BBL referees in action. He also attended both the Women's and Men's Cup Finals on Sunday where five more officials were handling the games at the Birmingham NIA.
"It was a pleasure to come back to my native country and speak with the referees," commented Stokes.
"Many of these I know, but an increasing number of younger referees are coming to the fore, both nationally and internationally, so there was plenty to discuss both in the meeting and outside.
"When Mick Howell [Supervisor of the BBL Referees] asked me to come to Birmingham, we agreed to use the meeting as an opportunity to reinforce the need for the correct Mechanics and also to review the Game Management, especially with regard to how to manage conflict situations."
Howell was appreciative of the involvement of FIBA Europe in the Clinic.
"It was great to see the mix of our established and young referee's inspired by Richard's presentation," he said.
"We want to improve not just the new officials but all of our officials in Britain and this was a great help to that gain. We are planning to try and invite Richard back for our pre-season conference where there will be 200 officials, all trying to better themselves.
"To have FIBA Europe being involved in such a way I hope it will lead to England having the best referees in Europe in the future."