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Federation International Basketball Association is held in the International Basketball Federation's international basketball tournament for men from 1950, women since 1953, male and female competitions were held. Previous match different intervals in some cases, the general term of 4 years. Since 1986, men's and women's competitions are conducted in the same year, also in accordance with the four-year term at the time.
REFEREES, SCORER’S TABLE AND COMMISSIONERS 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 PAGE 42 | 12 2005 | FIBA ASSIST MAGAZINE FIBA ASSIST MAGAZINE | 12 2005 | PAGE 43 REFEREES, SCORER’S TABLE AND COMMISSIONERS 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. PAGE 44 | 12 2005 | FIBA ASSIST MAGAZINE