Last week the FIBA Europe Referee Department started the lengthy process of putting together the 2010 edition of the FIBA Europe and FIBA Americas Teaching Materials.
From the last continental championships for men and women in each zone, over 1,000 play situations have been collected and the process of selecting the best situations with which to teach and instruct the referees began in Las Palmas last Monday.
Richard Stokes commented: "In fact the process started at the championships in South America and also for us in Poland and Latvia this summer. The instructors that worked closely with the referees, using our Observer Programme software, are the ones that started collating the video clips that we would use. Many of these clips were used in debriefing and preparing the referees for the next games in the competitions. However, we are trying to select the best plays that can ensure the consistent approach that is required for officiating at all levels."
The team of staff from the University of Las Palmas Gran Canaria and CEAD, have been working with the latest software technology to assist in the preparation and editing of this latest version.
FIBA Europe Referee Co-ordinator Miguel Betancor commented further: "Our team here has worked very hard in the last week. We invited Richard Stokes who is working continuously with the referees along with Alan Richardson. Alan represents the Coaching Programme that we have introduced for our younger referees. Together with six other coaches from various countries we are working with these referees every week to see what we must improve, as well as what they are doing well".
"Together we have reviewed many clips to select the best 250 or so for our final materials. We have also been in touch with FIBA Americas at the same time, to ensure we have all of their plays. This edition will also be produced in English and Spanish which is a first for us, but reflects the co-operation between the two zones. When we meet with our national instructors in June as we do every year, these materials will be used by them for referees at all levels".
In addition to this, the team also spent time looking at the new Digital Rule Book that will be produced, with one eye on the future rule changes for 2010. Betancor said "The new rules must still be approved by the FIBA Board, but we have selected some materials that can easily demonstrate the most important changes when the approval is finalised".