|The participants at the FIBA Referee Candidate Clinic in Turkey, February 2013|
The latest clinic for FIBA Referee Candidates in Europe got underway at the weekend in Sakarya, Turkey, which is playing host the Turkish Basketball Federation's annual U16 tournament for national teams.
30 Candidates (26 men and four women) have gathered together to try and obtain their FIBA Referee Licence over the course of the nine-day tournament under the watchful eye of FIBA Europe staff.
Head of FIBA Europe's Competitions and Referee Department, Richard Stokes, commented, "We have a great tournament here with which to assess the referees. As always we are grateful to the Turkish Federation for facilitating this for us and the competition will be a good test of the abilities of these officials. With teams from Europe, Asia and the Americas, we continue to be able to offer a very diverse environment for our candidates. They have to know all types of basketball, not just the game in Europe."
The 30 Candidates represent 29 countries from around Europe and Stokes hopes that in this group there will be future EuroBasket Referees, but also referees that can add to the rising level of officiating in all European competitions.
"We had a good EuroBasket in 2011 for both Men and Women as far as the officiating was concerned. This has already been reflected by both coaches and the media after each event. However, our challenge is to sustain this high level and ensure that we are constantly improving the size of the pool of talent from which we will select referees in the future. There is no doubt that the standard is improving, and this is reflected in the improving quality that we are generally seeing in our candidates."
Also on the staff are Miguel Betancor (Head of Operations) and Alan Richardson from the FIBA Europe Referee Department.
"With six games a day and some of the best young players, we have a great opportunity to assess the abilities of the referees. In seeing them over such a period of time, our Referee Department can also plan where to place them at the start of their career because we have such a good understanding of their abilities," said Betancor, adding, "Of course this is only the first step, their development is also important and it is vital that we support this."
Echoing these comments Alan Richardson added, "It's pleasing to see the standard of this group, which means that our project of co-ordinating with the national instructors has been working. We can also assist in the development of those qualified referees via our coaching programme so that we can ensure continuous learning and development after this clinic."
The clinic will run from 1st - 9th August.
LIST OF COURSE PARTICIPANTS
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