by Niamh Callaghan
Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Day 4 – Signalling
This morning we had our daily morning workout which included a strength and conditioning workout. We were told that we must train and prepare our bodies to the best of our abilities. When we are in good condition as referees, the players will have greater respect for us as we can keep up with the pace of the game and make better decisions as we are not as physically tired.
Our first clinic was on the importance of signalling. We spent an hour in the gym we were recorded in our signalling in order to show us how sharp they need to be. And well… The camera doesn’t lie. This was an excellent learning experience as we got to see what exactly we look like as officials.
We met top FIBA referee Anne Panther who is refereeing at the Olympics in Rio this summer. She delivered a clinic on how to become a top referee. She emphasised that physical and mental fitness is crucial for officials and in order to be the best we must train like the best! However, the main thing she talked about which grabbed my attention was that mistakes happen in games. It doesn’t matter what mistakes we make, but rather, it is about how quickly we can learn from it and move on. Take every opportunity to learn and improve.
Today we also refereed 5×5 games. The key focus for my crew in today’s game was to increase our number of rotations. Refereeing with other young females from a variety of other countries was an excellent experience as I was able to learn from them and improve my refereeing everyday.
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