|Participants at the second referee clinic|
The second clinic for potential referees and national instructors finished on Saturday night in St. Augustin on the island of Gran Canaria.
The second group of approximately 45 referees and instructors continued the work of the first group and FIBA Europe Referee Department consultant Alan Richardson was very pleased with both the format of the meetings and also the commitment of those attending.
"We have some long days working here and it is mentally tiring. But both groups showed great focus to absorb the information provided and the discussion groups regarding rules and philosophy were really excellent. With this enthusiasm and professionalism, we can certainly continue to improve the development of officiating further in the coming seasons. You only have to look at the current group of top young referees in Europe and many of them have ‘graduated' from this programme".
Head of the Referee Department Richard Stokes added, "The FIBA Europe staff prepared these clinics really well and to a high level. In addition, the support and work of Centro Education Arbitros Deportes (CEAD) has only added to the high level of organisation and we are also grateful to them not only for this year, but for their work since these clinics started some years ago."
He continued, "We had a very diverse group in the second week with national referees attending from Belgium, France and Italy, as well as FIBA referees in our potential coaching groups.
The next generation of referees are now part of this project and we hope to see many of these officials rise to higher levels of competition over the next few seasons. The Referee Department now moves its focus to the upcoming EuroBasket for Women and Men in June and September, but we will see many of these young FIBA referees with our referee coaches and instructors in the youth competitions this summer, so the work with our officials never stops, we are continuously looking to improve all of our officials."
EuroBasket Women starts on 15 June in France and a referee meeting is planned before the start of the competition as part of the overall preparations for one of Europe's top competitions.