FIBA Europe Referee Instructor William Jones had only words of praise for the standard of the recent 8th Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn, Estonia.
Jones conducted a Clinic at the event which is organised by the four Federations around the Baltic Sea (Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Estonia) and which consists of tournaments in the U18 and U16 age categories for both Men and Women.
|Will Jones at the Baltic Sea Cup 2012 Referee Clinic|
The Clinic's main participants were potential referees, all of who had the opportunity to officiate games at the tournament. It focused on Game Management and Mechanics as well as on the Expected Standard of Officiating.
"Every game was assessed but the key feature was that the referees were encouraged to watch the clips of their own games and give us feedback - some kind of self-assessment of their performance," commented Jones.
"The standard of the competition was very high, the ideal environment to develop young referees.
"This has been my third visit here and one can see how things are improving every time."
His views were echoed by Keio Kuhi, Head of National Teams at the Estonian Basketball Federation and organiser of the event.
"I think that the participating Federations should be very proud for this traditional event, which is no longer just a tournament, but much more," said Kuhi.
"The initial concept was to host international games for youth players. But with every year the initial plan has been developed and referee clinics and national coaches courses are also held during the event.
"It is a place to make contacts and have meetings discussing possible cooperation. Scouts of different European clubs are here to see new talents.
"Thanks to FIBA Europe the Referee clinic has been held for the third time running in Tallinn - this is a perfect way to educate referees in this region. Young referees, who would like to become FIBA referees, can get national team level games and having help from a FIBA Europe Instructor in order to improve their skills during the tournament.
"Our goal is to develop the basketball level in this region and through that help raise the profile of European basketball."