|Richard Stokes, Head of the FIBA Europe Competitions and Referees Department, lectured on the criteria of modern officiating|
Saint Petersburg played host to a two-day referee clinic at the end of September, offering food for thought as well as on-court experience for the mainly young officials.
Established for years in Russia, the traditional clinic was organised by FIBA Europe, the Russian Basketball Federation, the All-Russian Union of Basketball Referees and the Fund of Kondrashin and Belov.
FIBA Europe was represented by Richard Stokes, Head of Competitions and Referee Department, and Referee Instructor Davorin Nakic.
Sergei Fomin, Chairman of the All-Russian Union of Basketball Referees and a member of the Technical Commission of FIBA Europe was the third expert present to share his knowledge with the participants.
The clinic started with theoretical classes stressing the mechanics and requirements for referees in the European game. Emphasis was put on unsportsmanlike fouls and illegal screens.
The workshop was moved to the gym, where the FIBA Europe instructors continued with their lessons. The same day, the referees got the chance to apply their know-how on the court as they were invited to officiate at a friendship tournament, being observed and given immediate feedback by the instructors.
The clinic concluded with video lectures on the second day, with the lecturers pointing out critical situations and giving an in-depth analysis of modern officiating criteria.