During the U20 European Championship Men 2010 Division B that held in Austria last month, the FIBA Europe Referee Department took time out from its daily work in supporting and observing the referees, to spend a day working with the Austrian Referees who officiate in the country's top domestic competition.
FIBA Europe Instructor Uli Sledz was in Austria to work with the 24 Referees nominated to the U20 tournament, but at the request of the Austrian Federation, he included a day working with the local referees and reviewing various aspects of their competition.
Working specifically with game situations from their own competition, Sledz believes that it was time well spent.
"These referees know their own competition, the coaches and the players," he commented.
"Our aim is to support them by looking at issues that they may have with criteria, mechanics and game management. It is really important that no matter what the competition is and in which country, that we have the same officiating as much as possible across Europe.
"We are trying to help, but also reinforcing the fact that we have one set of mechanics, rules and interpretations. We can discuss opinions in meetings like this, but we have to be doing the same things in every game."
Hanns Vanura, President of the Austrian Federation added: "We were very satisfied with the meeting and we feel that we must continue in the same way with further clinics to support our officials in the right way. Uli Sledz made a great job for us here, but we need to have more clinics such as this and we are already looking to arrange this with the FIBA Europe Referee Department for the future."