Referee trainers deem national clinic a success

The national clinic for referee trainers wrapped up on Sunday, with close to 40 participants leaving the capital with a greater understanding of how to upskill their community’s referees.

The three-day gathering was held at the New Zealand Campus of Innovation & Sport and introduced new development pathways for referee and referee trainers.

National Referee Instructor Peter Rodgers said the programme was well received by all who took part on the weekend.

“It was great to see all the positivity and camaraderie from trainers from around the country, from those working in small associations to those working at national leagues level.

“Even just having the chance to come together and share our varied experiences from different parts of the country and different levels of basketball was seen as of tremendous benefit by those attending.”

Rodgers was assisted by Basketball New Zealand Referee Development Manager, Melony O’Connor, and instructors trained under the FIBA Referee Instructor Programme, Jilly Harris and Ken Coulson, with the running of the event.

The trainers are heading back to their associations with a preview of the new pathways for referees and referee trainers that will begin being rolled out shortly, plus a sneak peek at what the new online Level 1 Referee course will look like.

The trainers also went away with some new ideas on how to carry out their training role, along with guidance on what FIBA wants from referees and what referees need to be taught.

The group will get together again in a few weeks’ time via Zoom for a more detailed introduction to the new Level 1 Referee course and their part in the practical aspects of the course.