|Team photo of the participants in the Basque Country's first referee clinic for 2012|
The Basketball Federation of the Basque Country, the Spanish autonomous community, opened the New Year with a clinic for its referees on 7 and 8 January.
FIBA Europe Referee Consultant Alan Richardson was at hand at the University of Eibar, a city located 50 km from the Basque Country's capital, Bilbao, to assist in the two-day clinic with more than 100 referees and commissioners in attendance.
The Basque Basketball Federation was represented by its president, Jose Arturo Aguado, Officiating Vice-Director Roberto Asensio, Secretary General Koldo Echevarria and Officiating Technical Director Julian Romero.
Spanish Federation Referee Co-ordinator Pedro Rocio was also present.
The first topic of the clinic was "Small Steps to the Top", showing ways of how to progress through the different stages from local to international level and the requirements top-level referees have to fulfill.
The other subject of the clinic was "Mass Confrontation", one of the most difficult situations referees can find themselves in.
|FIBA Europe Referee Instructor Alan Richardson (in the middle) is "the best teacher" according to Pedro Rocio of the FEB|
The lecture presented ways of how to deal with mass confrontation on the court and offered solutions, such as identifying trigger points and tactics for preventing such incidents.
Both attendees and organisers were very satisfied with the clinic.
"The clinic was excellent and very interesting for all my referees," said Roberto Asensio.
Pedro Rocio of the FEB added: "Alan (Richardson) is the best teacher I have ever seen and his work is always very professional and of high quality."
Following the clinic, the materials used in the lectures will be distributed to all referees in the five districts of the Basque Basketball Federation.