|Participants at a recent referee department in Malta|
FIBA Europe continues to support all of its member federations in developing many different aspects of the game of basketball.
One example from recent was the organisation of a one-and-a-half day clinic in Malta for the FIBA and National referees based there, which was conducted by Richard Stokes, Head of the FIBA Europe Referee Department.
Around 20 officials gathered for a series of lectures that made up the clinic. One of the key aspects of the clinic was the use of video analysis for some games in national competitions.
Stokes commented, "By using our Observer Programme we were able to give instant feedback and show directly to the officials the improvements and adjustments that they needed to make. Although [Malta is] one of our smaller federations in terms of the number participants, there is a central venue where many games are played each week, which meant that we could easily conduct the clinic, there, and in the adjacent meeting rooms."
Malta has a history of providing referees for international competitions, which assists them in being able to develop players and competitions. Coaching is a focus right now and the federation has some long-term plans with extended facilities which has been supported by the Government so the future looks promising.
"The referee group was varied," said Stokes, adding, "We had experienced, as well as young referees who are still playing, but are also interested in officiating. Their understanding of the game will certainly help them develop in the future as referees for their competition and I hope we also see one or two of them at an international clinic in the future."