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by Bill Mildenhall



  Bill Mildenhall, an Australian FIBA
  referee since 1978, has been working
  for the Australian Basketball
  Federation as the National Referees
  Manager since 1991. He is responsi-
  ble for the education, training, and
  resource production for Australian
  referees at every level. He has offici-
  ated at two Olympics Games, and five
  FIBA World Championships.

  Basketball officiating can be a lifetime
  career, but the type of career you build
  is up to you.

  I'm sure we all know officials, who
  have been around for ever and a day,
  working their low key games, while
  there are others who have also been
  around for ages working the elite,
  more demanding games.

  Whatever the standard or level of
  games, the recreation and enjoyment
  derived from serving others in a useful
  capacity is an experience that can
  never be replaced.

  This experience is something that can




  IMPROVING
  OFFICIATING SKILLS
  THROUGH
  MENTORING
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be enjoyed for a lifetime as long as a ref-       officiating skills, act
eree never ceases trying to improve.              as a sounding
If ever an official believes they have learnt     board for problems,
everything they need to know, that is the         help identify some
time to retire.                                   weaknesses or just
                                                  be a source of
Like in all facets of life, improvement will      motivation and a
only occur if the individual acknowledges         reminder that you
there is room for improvement.                    are doing a great
"The perfect game hasn't been worked              job.
yet, but that is no reason to stop trying."
Officials should never be totally satisfied.      Mentoring is not
They should always be questioning their           only an extremely
own judgement and evaluating the way              effective educa-
they deal with difficult situations.              tional tool for inex-
                                                  perienced officials,
The term "the cream will always rise to the       but it can be just as
top" is very appropriate for basketball offi-     beneficial         for
ciating, as a referee, who shows excep-           those, who have
tional promise, will eventually be noticed.       been around for
However, it is so imperative that an official     years. Everyone
is prepared and is willing to seize the           needs feedback,
opportunity when it arises.                       constructive criti-
                                                  cism and someone,
From this basic springboard, referees can         who they can turn
work to improve their skills by preparing         to for help and sup-
patiently and persistently in all aspects of      port. Mentors for
officiating, thus giving themselves every         senior officials can
opportunity to succeed when the oppor-            easily come from
tune time comes.                                  peers, referee eval-
                                                  uator/coaches and
Mentoring is a catchy term that has been          from      observers
bandied around recently as a very effec-          who have a good
tive educational tool to assist officials to      understanding of
improve their skills.                             the craft of officiat-
                                                  ing.
Mentoring is nothing new in sport and in
particular to basketball officiating. I am        Mentoring relation-
sure we have all turned to an experienced         ships can be for-
friend or colleague for advice, especially        mally structured, as
when we are learning something new or             in a referee evalua-
are facing a new challenge.                       tor/coach, or they
                                                  can grow out of a
All officials, no matter at what level of offi-   chance encounter
ciating, need experienced advisers, who           with a like minded
offer support and advice in all aspects of        official and remain very informal. They      offer guidance or to seek guidance. It is
officiating. Successful referees have             can be equally useful for the referee, who   often advisable for young officials to take
someone, somewhere, who, somehow                  is being mentored, and for the referee       the initiative and ask a more experienced
cared about their growth and develop-             who is acting as a mentor. Learning is a     official for this advice. Surprisingly, the
ment. They are their respected mentors.           two way street.                              experienced officials are honoured to be
Mentoring is a highly effective way for                                                        asked and are more than willing to impart
lesser experienced officials to learn the         It does not matter what form a mentoring     their hard learned experiences and
art of officiating. Mentors can bring life to     relationship takes, as long as both the      advice.
a theoretical concept, usually by referring       official and the mentor see value in the
to first hand practical experiences, and          relationship, and it helps them to develop   Officiating is a craft that always requires
being able to impart this experience to           and become better officials.                 improvement. The challenge for officials is
others. "From my experiences the best                                                          to seek this improvement with the assis-
way to deal with a situation like the one         Establishing a mentor relationship can       tance of others. Mentoring is a means to
you had in that game is to."                      be achieved by the mentor or by the offi-    an end. All officials need a mentor and at
                                                  cial, who is to be mentored. Either way,     some stage all officials need to be a men-
Mentors usually demonstrate practical             someone must take the first steps to         tor.

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