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CanDo Referees Camp 2013

InternasjonaltOpprettet av J@nK 08 juli, 2013 14:03
Sigurd Virik har vært i Bulgaria i sommer og har sendt oss denne teksten fra årets dommercamp med Alan Richardson:

My name is Sigud Virik (pictured to the right in the picture below) and this year I have had the great pleasure of attending the Can Do Basketball Referee Camp, which was hosted by legendary basketball referee Alan Richardson. As the Norwegian federation is becoming increasingly international, I have chosen to write this summary of the camp in English and I hope you will enjoy reading about my stay.
When Mr. Knut Myhre first asked me if I wanted to go to the camp, I was very excited. I had heard great things about this particular camp from several referees in Norway and I had also read about what Viola Gyorgyi, or “Vicky” as most people call her, had written after she attended the camp in 2012. Naturally I was very excited to attend the camp.

The camp was scheduled to last from the 9th of june until the 15th. I arrived by plane mid-day on the 9th and was greeted at the airport by a member of the Bulgarian federation and several other referees from all over the world. A few minutes into my trip I was surprised by the degree of different nationalities attending the camp. At the airport alone I meet people from nine different countries, including a FIBA referee from India.
Our hotel was located in the 2nd largest skiing resort in Bulgaria, in the outskirts of the town of Samokov. There was about a ten-minute ride from the city center to the hotel. At the hotel we were booked in with a random partner. Since most countries sent more then one emissary, they usually got booked in together. I was very fortunate because I was teamed up with a very nice gentleman from the Danish federation. The funny thing is that he was not really Danish at all, he was from Spain, and he just lived there. But we had a common interest in making fun of the Danish love for “kartofler” which means potatoes in danish. It is a chance that only Norwegians will get that joke, so I apologize in advance to everybody else.

From Monday to Friday our days were fairly much the similar. Monday was a little more introductory then the rest but it basically consisted of lectures from 09:00 to about 12:00. The first part of the lectures were summaries from all of the different instructors of the previous days matches, ending with a few video clips of either "good" or "not so good" calls or positions.

If you have not attended the camp, believe me when I say that the lectures were great. We had some amazing instructors from all over the world yet we all had the same idea of how to become a great referee. That is not to say that there were not some cultural differences, for example when one of the instructors gave us an example of how he had avoided a major argument by kissing an elderly coach on the forehead and gave him a hug. As you might imagine this was very different from what I was told when I took the national level training in Norway, but we all got the point of the story, which was to respect the coaches and players, even though the Germans looked a bit puzzled.
All the lectures concentrated on game management and how to make the step from being a good referee to being a great referee. The focus were on advanced refereeing mechanics as it was assumed that everybody knew the basics. And I think that was the "right call" as there were as much as ten FIBA referees participating including all the other high level participants, which says something about the quality of the referees attending the camp. Needless to say, the level of referees was very high.

After the lectures we ate lunch around 12:00, and then people were either assigned games in the official U16 National Bulgarian Championship or met in a smaller gym to practice mechanics. If assigned to an official game, we only got to referee two quarters of the game, as there were some many participants in the camp this year. To only officiate either the first or second half of a game was quite an adjustment, but it really gave me some great experience as we always had an instructor who watched only your half. After the game the 3 referees in the team sat down with the instructor and were given very detailed feedback of our performance. I was naturally pretty excited and was a little nervous for my first game. It did not help that in the first few minutes a Bulgarian player lost the ball in a fast break and ran into me trying to get it back. And that is why you should not always follow the advice to penetrate into the court.
Because of the high number of participants on the camp, we were only officiating games every other day, but on the days where we did not have games, we could volunteer to referee young girls and boys to practice your mechanic. This was also a great way of really tuning our skills as we always had a FIBA referee to help us and give us feedback after the game. And even though it was fairly short games, they always had several things that you could improve.
After everyone had either been officiating an official game or just a practice game, we were driven back to the hotel and served dinner. Dinner was served at 20:00, so after dinner we had some free time where we could mingle, rest or look at some clips from your own games which the instructors would show you if they had time.

The week consisted mostly of lectures in the morning and games in the evening. On Friday evening we were all given diplomas and the awards for most improved and best referee were also handed out. Then Mr. Richardson introduced the karaoke. And it was a great success. Every country, and almost everyone in the camp, participated either by singing local songs or by dancing wildly. It was a great way to end the camp and really created a strong and friendly bond between the referees.

Participating in the Can Do Referees Camp has made me a better referee. Not only have I gotten better technically and improved my mechanics, but I have also gained a much better understanding of what it means to be a referee. I had a great time in Bulgaria, I met tons of other fantastic referees and I have increased my knowledge of the game of basketball and how to make it even better by high level officiating.

I think the Can Do basketball Camp is a great opportunity for any referee and I can strongly recommend it for anybody how has the chance to go there. I am very grateful to Mr. Myhre and the NBBF Officiating Committee for allowing me to participate this year.

Kind regards

Sigurd Virik

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FIBA-clinic in Sakarya

InternasjonaltOpprettet av Vicky 24 feb., 2013 20:22
This year´s clinic for FIBA Referee Candidates in Europe was organised in Sakarya, Turkey between February 1st to 9th. Sakarya is a city and province of the same name in Turkey located on the coast of the Black Sea.

12 national teams from Argentina, France, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia, Turkey, China, Germany, Latvia, Serbia, Sweden, Ukraine, as well as 30 referee candidates (representing 29 countries) were ready for the annual TBF International U16 Tournament for Men.

Participants at the clinic arrived on the 31st of January. A 2 hour journey between Istanbul and Sakarya ended up in 3,5 hour, due to an unbelievable traffic jam.

Once arrived to the hotel it was time to meet the candidates from other countries, so as some of the instructors. Alan Richardson was the one greeting us in the lobby. It was nice to recognize a lot of known faces from Scania Cup, Alan Richardson's CanDo Summer Camp and also the candidate from my home country, Romania.

Instructors at the clinic were: Miguel Betancor (Head of Operations), Alan Richardson (from Fiba Europe Referee Department), Richard Stokes (Head of Fiba Europes Competitions and Referee Department) and Chantal Julien, FIBA instructor from France. During the week we also had a presentation by the well known former Euroleague top referee, Carl Jungebrand, as well as from FIBA Europe's Secretary General, Kamil Novak.

The next morning (01.02.13), starting from 08:45, 30 referees were ready for the obligatory fitness test which was held in the main gym of Ataturk Arena. Everybody succesfully passed.

Shortly after arriving back to the hotel we had an opening presentation, introductions and orientation, so as the nominations for Day 1.

I was nominated to referee Slovenia vs Greece in Lufti Yaman gym together with Kfir Mualem from Israel and Alexander Romanov from Russia. It was a great game, we had very good teamwork. (I could strongly state that "teamwork" was the word we heard the most during this clinic.) Sometimes we had a feeling that instructors were testing our "team spirit", either in a direct or indirect way. We helped each other as a group, and nobody failed this "exam".

There were 6 games every day starting from 15:00, 3 in Ataturk Arena and 3 in Lufti Yaman Arena, just some minutes walk from the main hall. All the games were filmed and the instructors also made short teaching clips during the game.

There was no direct feedback after the officiated games, but there was possibility to ask for one.

Our mornings started with a 10 o'clock lecture. The instructors presented some clips from the games the previous day, pointing out some things they thought we should work on for the next game.

Feedback from the first day was mainly regarding to mechanics with an interesting comparison to lead and trail official: lead is the "pointguard" of the officiating team and trail is the best defensive "player", they told us.

Miguel Betancor analyzed some play situations, and his main feedback to us was regarding our attitude on the court (showing authority, not power), dead ball officiating, game management, teamwork and communication.

12 referees were "stand-by" the first day so they got the priority to officiate the next day. Some of us had the day off.

The next morning (Day 3), as usual, instructors started with feedback from the teaching clips of Day 2: criteria for general contacts- not calling marginal ones which have no effect on the game (or on: SBRQ: speed, balance, rhythm, quickness). It was mentioned the criteria for unsportsmanlike/"tactical" fouls as well.

Day 4's lecture started with a review of game clips and it continued with Alan Richardson presentation about managing mistakes, the important role of self control and concentration.

Nominations for this day came, and I was really happy to officiate Argentina against Germany together with our collegue from Sweden, Saulius Racys and with Milosav Kaludjerovic from Montenegro. We were almost 100% sure that there will be "some" clips shown the next morning, considering the intensity of the game.

So did day 5s meeting start. All the clips, they took out from games, were to make us understand their point of view regarding to different situations, mechanics, criteria used in the game, and learn from (your) others mistake.

Later on we had presentations by Carl Jungebrand and Alan Richardson, about how officials should keep their standards game after game, with a best state of mind (Trustful, decisive and tranquil). Also how important game management is, especially in dead ball situations.

"Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things." - Peter Drucker.

Wednesday, all instructors, officials, organizers and teams had the day off. We spent a nice afternoon beside a lake nearby with a delicious barbeque. We also had the opportunity for a little "tourist-tour" in the city center.

Since I didn't referee on Tuesday, I was hoping to get the chance to do it on Thursday, when the quarter finals began. Morning meeting started with a short presentation about teamwork and "Nunn's nine play situations for lead, trail and center".

Nominations for the quarter finals came. I got the chance to referee Latvia vs. Germany with Boris Krejic from Slovenia and Vasiliki Tsaroucha from Greece, a game where Germany was consistently dominating and at the end won by 22 points.

Friday was another test day for the FIBA-candidates, with English and rules test on our "breakfast menu". I felt confident that both of them went ok.

After the tests and the review of the teaching clips from the previous day, we had a presentation by Miguel Betancor, "Hardware vs Software". Personally I really liked this lecture. He talked about all the qualities an official should have, how we should educate ourselves and our whistle continuously.

I personally didn't have any game that day, but we all stayed in the gym to watch our colleagues in the semi-finals. Later that day we got to know the nominations for the next day finals.

It was probably the most rewarding feeling from the whole clinic to see my name listed among the officials to ref the final between Greece and Serbia. Fernando Calatrava Cuevas from Spain and Manuel Mazzoni from Italy were my co-officials.

I could say that for me it was the best game of the tournament. Great collegues=great game. Simple as it was. :)

After the game, all our colleagues came into the locker room to congratulate us. This was probably THE moment of the (post)game.

The next day was departure day for all of us, so it was time for a little social event in the evening. With Alan Richardson, if not karaoke, singing is on the "playlist". Everybody sang in his/her mother tongue, and for sure it was the best way to end an intense, stressful tournament/clinic in Turkey.

Last but not least, I would like to thank DK, NBBF and all the people that helped me ever since I started officiating in Norway. The list is very long, I have to say... :)

It was an honor to be there! And a great triumph to have passed as a FIBA-referee. :)

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CanDo Referees Camp 2012

InternasjonaltOpprettet av Vicky 19 juni, 2012 00:27

After more then 10 hour travelling I arrived safe to Sofia. Together with our collegues from Russia, we were transported to the accomodation place, Hotel Ela Borovets.

Borovets is considered as the pride of Samokov (city situated just outside Sofia), very popular, world famous ski resort.

More than 50 referees, from all around the world were ready for the 19th Nationwide European Basketball Referees Camp.

Instructors at the camp were: Alan Richardson (Camp Director), Shay Shtriks (BIBL Sports Director), Valentin Lazarov (FIBA Instructor), Kamen Toshev (FIBA instructor), Davorin Nakic (FIBA instructor), Giorgi Piperkov (FIBA instructor), Mansour Al Ahmari (FIBA instructor), Stelios Koukoulekidis (Instructor) and Leonid Chudin (Instructor).

We officiated the Bulgarian U16 National Championship. Our mornings started with a meeting. On the first lecture they focused on 3 person officiating: couraging lead to rotate with energy, center to more double coverage and double calls and trail to avoid the "coffe shop".

They emphasized the importance of using only FIBA signals. Individual signals are considered to be bad habbits.

There were 6 games a day, 3 in a school gym and 3 in the Arena Sports Hall.

Each game was officiated by 6 referees. All 6 attended the pre-game conference, and of course all of them watched the whole game. Seeing the game from the sideline and then jumping in to referee was a quite interesting experience.

Two instructors observed the game. They had the liberty to talk to us during a time-out, between the periods or from the sideline during the game. Most of the feedback came of course after we'd officiated two quarters.

Sometimes referees got extra challenges. They told us: "once you went into the fire, you have to go back". I could say I had my share in this and came out alive. smiley

Also interesting to experience when on a postgame debrief, the instructors told us exactly what we felt in some of the "hot" situations.

The next days in the morning sessions each instructor summarized his impression regarding the officiating, team-chemistry, team-work and not to mention if the referees followed and accomplished the demanded "tasks" from the previous session. "One referee can't make a team but one referee can destroy the team".

Best compliment we got from one of the instructor was when after the game he asked us if we come from the same country.

The teaching clips with "superstars" of the previous day games weren't missing either.

On Wednesday and Thursday we had an extra 2 hour practical session about 3PO with some of the instructors. Each instructor used separate ways of showing practically what 3PO consists about. The instructor from Saudi Arabia let us play 5 on 5, full speed, and the three referees had to officiate like in a real game. Personally, I liked these kind of sessions the most.

Stelios Koukoulekidis, one great instructor from Greece in his 3PO practical session:

The presentation of the week, which impressed every one of us, was by Mr. Valentin Lazarov: "Erudition of the officials in the field of psychology". ("Act as a hand of steel in a velvet glove"; "Be realistic and not literalistic in applying the rules" V. Lazarov)

The instructors were very satisfied with the level of officiating and the progress of the referees during this tournament. Mansour Al Ahmari, instructor from Saudi Arabia called us "high-levelled witnesses".

In the evening it was time for some social events, such as table-tennis. It is still amazing how 20 people can manage to play at the same time with only 4 rackets. Possible solution: improvising the rackets from their hand, flip-flop, iPhones, or any useful object from the room.

Last evening we had a closing ceremony with some presentations, Top10 Heroes of the teaching clips, a brief summary after which everyone of us received a certify from the camp director, Alan Richardson.

After dinner, as the "CanDo tradition" required, it was time for some karaoke.

I learned a lot from this camp. I think the biggest challenge for all of us was finding tools to work together in a team with people from different countries, different cultures, sometimes with little English knowledge.

As one of my friend said, we learned a lot from the lectures, instructors feedback, our mistakes, others mistakes..but most importantly we learned from each other.

"One world, one game, one family.."

Last but not least I would like to thank DK and NBBF for this opportunity.smiley



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Istanbul 2012

InternasjonaltOpprettet av J@nK 13 mai, 2012 09:57

Sittende på en takterrasse i Istanbul føler man seg nesten litt "on top of the world", og med utsikt over en by som strekker seg fra Europa til Asia blir det en følelse av internasjonal stemning i luften.

Årets tur til Euroleague Final Four er sesongens høydepunkt, og de som ennå ikke har vært tilstede på dette arrangementet bør begynne å planlegge neste års tur nå. I mai 2013 går sluttspillet i London, en by som også byr på andre turistmål enn basketball innendørs.

Sammen med ca 15 000 andre basketfans har vi vært i Sinan Erdem Arena her i Istanbul, en skikkelig romslig hall som til tross for størrelsen likevel er passe intim i forhold til kampene. Det gjorde selvfølgelig ingenting at våre billetter ga oss plasser et hakk nærmere parketten enn tidligere år.

Det var skikkelig stemning i hallen under begge semifinalene, takket være greske lag og tilskuere var det som det skal være i et sluttspill der Europas beste lag deltar. Men det hadde vært helt topp dersom grekerne hadde latt sigarettpakkene være igjen hjemme. Utover kvelden viste det seg nemlig at de kunne omtrent like mye om hallens røykelov som om spillereglene i basketball.

Det var veldig interessant å se Luigi Lamonica og Carl Jungebrand som crew chiefer i hver sin semifinale, begge hadde bra kontroll og nøt også stor respekt hos begge lags spillere og coacher. Hvem av dem som får finalen i kveld blir ikke lett å gjette.

Hvem som vinner av CSKA Moskva og Olympiaco er også usikkert, men basert på det jeg så fredag kveld vil jeg holde en liten knapp på de rødhvite grekerne. Deres mannskap og intense innstilling vil kunne male i stykker det russiske laget når det virkelig gjelder. Og på tribunen har ikke den lille delegasjonen med russere en sjanse mot den massive Olympiacos-gjengen.

Før det blir action i kveld får man nyte en avslappet søndag, med godt over 20 varmegrader og en by full av fine cafeer blir det ikke så vanskelig. Istanbul var en svært positiv overraskelse.

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To i Bulgaria

InternasjonaltOpprettet av SturlaB 14 juni, 2011 23:52
Tirsdag 7. juni fosset regnet ned i Oslo, og det var derfor med en god følelse at kursen ble satt mot dommercampen i Varna, en havneby i Bulgaria. Det finnes ingen dirkete forbindelser mellom Oslo og Varna, så reiseplanene våre medførte en stopp i Tyskland og en i Sofia, hvor et lite fly skulle frakte oss til målet.

Grunnet bytte av flyselskap, måtte bagasjen sjekkes inn på nytt i Sofia, noe som skulle gå problemfritt om bagasjen hadde kommet frem på båndet. Men Filips bagasje ble nemlig borte, og vi fikk dermed slått i hjel litt tid på et kontor på flyplassen mens vi ventet på neste fly. Heldigvis hadde Filip pakket dommertøyet i håndbagasjen, og var på den måten forberedt til første oppdrag. Det viste seg at det skulle ta noen dager før bagasjen kom, og den faglige dommerturen ble med ett kombinert med litt shopping.

Alan Richardson er hovedansvarlig for campen og hadde med seg 6 andre intruktører: Shay Shtriks, Mansour Al Ahmari, Valentin Lazarov, Kamen Toshev, Todd Warnick og Gjorgi Piperkov. Kvaliteten på instruktørene var god, og det var tydelig at samtlige 48 deltagere følte de fikk godt utbytte av campen.

Campdagene inneholdt foredrag og tilbakemeldinger hver morgen og kamper på ettermiddagen. Opptak av kampene gjorde det mulig å vise klipp fra kampene vi hadde dømt, og var det noe som ikke var som det skulle, måtte vedkommende stå skolerett foran resten av forsamlingen mens instruktørene fortalte hva som var galt.

Det var mye fokus på 3-dommer-mekanikken og de nye ansvarsområdene. Samtlige instruktører påpekte hvor viktig det er å holde seg innenfor sitt område, stole på partneren sin og se bort fra ball når man skal det. De dommerne som under campen blåste i andres områder, ble ”tvunget” til å kjøpe en flaske vin til en av instruktørene. Det er derfor ikke så rart dersom Alan eller en av de andre, kan invitere slekt og venner på mange vinkvelder den kommende tiden.

Kulturforskjellene mellom dommerne kom virkelig til syne da Sturla skulle ut i oppdrag. Den Saudi-Arabiske crew-chiefen, som også er FIBA-dommer, satt i den lille trange dommergarderoben med tactic-boardet og viste bevegelsen for dommerne mens han røykte en Marlborough sigarett.

Det var også tydelig at engelskopplæringen ikke er like god i alle land. De to japanske deltagerne ble satt ordentlig på plass av Alan på bakgrunn av sin ikke-eksisterende engelsk. Behovet for engelskkunnskaper var stort da hele 18 nasjoner var representert.

Kampene som ble dømt under oppholdet var gruppespillkamper i det bulgarske mesterskapet for U16. Selve sluttspillet skulle dømmes av en gruppe elitedommere fra Bulgaria.

Da Bulgarias DK-leder fikk høre at vi to skulle være igjen i landet noen dager, inviterte han likeså godt oss begge til å bli igjen i Varna for å dømme sluttspillet. Vi fikk hver vår semifinale og synes det var moro at forbundet her nede viste oss den tilliten. Finalen ble spilt tirsdag 14. juni med et rent bulgarsk crew.

Nå venter noen rolige dager på ”Golden Sands” før kursen settes nordover. Et hyggelig punktum for sesongen 2010/2011 er satt og vi ser begge frem til kommende sesong og nye utfordringer.

Hilsen fra Bulgaria
Filip og Sturla

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Scania Cup, part III

InternasjonaltOpprettet av Vicky 27 april, 2011 22:12
The final for '95 girls started at 12:30 p.m. in Taljehallen. The local team, SBBK, met Hjemly from Denmark. The gym was quite crowded, so it was a nice atmosphere to start the game.

The referee crew for this game was: Kate Webb from England as "crew-chief", Irina Konan from Belarus and me. Luigi Lamonica was observing the game.
With a preventive communication with players and coaches we had a well controlled game I think. We had good team-work, not that many mistakes in mechanics but the most important thing was that we had fun. smiley
Final score: SBBK-Hjemly 49-44. (I period:15-12; II:12-11; III:9-12; IV:13-9).
Feedback from Luigi was more regarded to the "lead" position. But, overall he said we did a good job.

Organizers, coaches and instructors thought the performance of the referees at this tournament probably was the best they had seen so far.

Alison Muir, Ilona Kucerova and Åsa Johansson, leaders for the "women referee clinic", made this tournament special for us girls.

Full of energy and motivation I'm looking forward to Scania Cup 2012!


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