For a number of years, the Norwegian Basketball Federation have invited instructors to their annual referee clinic, and this season FIBA Europe Refereeing Instructor Roger Schwarz was present at the pre-season seminar in Oslo on 18 September.
National level referees and a large number of coaches, all together about 60 persons, were in attendance at the Thon Hotel Triaden, some 20 minutes outside the center of the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
They were all eager to go through the recent rule changes together with Roger, and also to learn more about the different criteria that FIBA focuses on.
In a special session for the referees, the FIBA Europe Refereeing Instructor presented some of the video situations from the new teaching material made by FIBA Europe.
He pointed out some very important issues regarding the 3PO mechanics and communication, both within a crew but also with coaches and players. He was very pleased to find that the participants joined in and discussed in detail some of the rule changes.
Before the clinic sessions, Roger also had the opportunity to meet two of the Norwegian FIBA referees as their tutor, to personally discuss their future development.
The Officiating Committee of the NBBF also conducted the standard physical fitness test and written test this same weekend, and on the schedule was also discussions about the experiences from last season lead by the National Instructor, Mr. Tor Chr. Bakken.
The domestic BLNO-league started only two weeks after the annual clinic, with all teams playing in the national arena of Rykkinnhallen.
Not all the rule changes will be applied this season, namely the no-charge semicircle and the change in the 24-second rule (14 seconds reset) will be introduced later.
All court markings and rule changes will be according to the Official Rules 2010 for the start of the 2011/12 season.