The PBL referees gathered in Tongeren on Saturday January 4th for their mid-season clinic. “It’s a good moment to analyze what has been done in the first half of the championship and to prepare for the second and most critical part of the competition”, commented Ronny Denis, head of the PBL referee department.
The main topic for this session was the psychological preparation of the referees. The topic was introduced by Jose “Chema” Buceta, FIBA adviser who has psychologically prepared referees for most of the top FIBA tournaments. Buceta insisted on the need of increasing the overall communication, first of all, among the three referees by better using rest moments to self-motivate and prepare next phases. “You cannot spend your time in looking at passed situations, but you can better motivate to challenge the coming plays”. Another important point concerns the control of emotions to avoid repeating errors and losing the control of the game. Finally, he emphasized the necessity for better listening the other actors of the game.“ Referees and teams – Buceta concluded - are in the same boat: the game. Their common goal is to increase the level of basketball.”
Other speakers were Dimitri Lowette who conducted a session on physical preparation and injury prevention, and Pascal Meurs, headcoach EuroProBasket (Valencia – Spain), who explained some recent developments in defensive tactics.
Johnny Jacobs, FIBA National Instructor, commented on the application of several specific rules based on clips that were selected from the first phase of the competition.