|The instructors Todd Warnick, Miguel Betancor and Reuven Virovnik shared their experience and their philosophies on officating|
Ein Gedi, situated on the shore of the Dead Sea, is one of the most exciting and inspirational places in Israel.
Last week, it provided the perfect setting for the 2012-13 pre-season clinic for basketball referees in Israel's first division.
From 6 to 8 September, 23 referees, including Israel's FIBA referees, as well as four FIBA commissioners gathered to get new perspectives and to progress in their professional field.
The instructors present were FIBA Europe Director of Operations Miguel Betancor, Israel's national instructor Reuven Virovnik and Todd Warnick, Head Trainer for Israel's first division referees.
Betancor lectured on the "Modern philosophy of officiating". In both classroom and on-court workshops he went into detail concerning the mechanics of officiating, as well as game management and referee communications.
Former international referee Virovnik, chairman of the Israel Basketball Referees' Federation and a member of the FIBA Europe Technical Commission, summarised the 2011-12 season in Israel and presented the points of emphasis for the upcoming season.
Using new FIBA Europe teaching materials, FIBA Europe instructor Warnick led group discussions on officiating criteria and reviewed the 2012 changes in rules and their impact on officiating.
As a special guest David Blatt was invited to join and stimulate the discussions.
Blatt, head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Russian men's national team that clinched bronze at the recent London Games, spoke about trends in modern basketball.
The spirited two-hour session concluded with Blatt and Betancor talking about coach-referee communications.
All participants left Ein Gedi with valuable impressions and high motivation for the upcoming season in Israel's top-flight, which kicks off on 14 October.