Euroleague Basketball’s refereeing department is already hard at work preparing for the 2013-14 season. The first of four refereeing summer camps is taking place over Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four weekend. The goal of these camps is to help incorporate new officials and to help Euroleague existing referees stay sharp and improve during the summer months.
The camps all coincide with tournaments and are structured so that referees can study theoretical issues in the morning and then officiate games in the afternoons. In London, the 12 referees – including three newcomers from FIBA Europe to be incorporate before next season – are overseeing games at the Nike International Junior Tournament at the London Soccerdome, just outside of The O2.
“The referees profited from the camp because they can learn something not only in the classroom, but also in the games,” Euroleague Basketball's director of referees, Costas Rigas, said. “After every game, they get feedback and the next day we have some clips to show them from their games and also the general view about officiating and how to progress.”
Rigas said that the annual camp held over Final Four weekend is traditionally among the best, not only because of the NIJT, but because “we have the best lecturers all over the world.” That list includes refereeing greats Carl Jungebrand, Juan Carlos Mitjana, Romualdas Brazauskas, Alan Richardson and Goran Radonjic.
The camp lasts for three days. There will be one more camps in a similar format in Istanbul later in the summer for younger referees and two more for crew chiefs. The latter two will take place in Strasbourg, France and in Istanbul coinciding with tournaments for men’s senior national teams preparing for EuroBasket 2013. Those will focus on the organizations top referees, including some who are working at the London Final Four. According to Euroleague refereeing guidelines, every Euroleague referee must take part in one of these camps every other year.