|28 July 2010|
The U17 World Championship for Men that took place in Hamburg earlier this month, included some of the world's top young players. The German Federation took this opportunity of being host to a high level youth competition, to also organise an international clinic for referees.
A group of approximately 30 referees from Germany, other European countries, and Asia took part in the three-day clinic. The referees had a chance to watch a high level competition and meet fellow officials from around the world.
Miguel Betancor, Richard Stokes and Alan Richardson from the FIBA Europe Referee Department were invited to speak at the clinic.
The referees' lectures included Pre-game Preparation and Post-game Analysis, Game Management Skills, How to Improve and Self-evaluate while there was also an opportunity to see the new 2010 Teaching Materials that have been prepared by FIBA Europe and FIBA Americas.
As well as sharing their own experiences with the group, the referees were able to discuss rules and interpretations for 2010, and talk informally about the challenges that exist in their own countries.
FIBA Sports Director Lubomir Kotleba was also present and spoke to the Referees about what is expected and required to be an International Referee on the top level, offering an insight into his criteria for referees at major competitions.
"The clinic was very open and there were many discussions about officiating, not only teaching," commented Betancor.
"It was very good to see that some referees had travelled a long way to participate in this meeting and I am sure that we gave an opportunity for them to talk openly about officiating.
"The German Federation took the initiative to organise this and although they have a good development programme in place that has seen some good young referees come into the international arena in recent years, they should be congratulated for offering this opportunity of a clinic to referees from other countries here in Hamburg."