2012 Referees Action Day Report
Added 7 July 2012
Kieran Baker, VBRA Hawthorn President
Action Day 2012 brought together a selection of the HBA referees senior and upcoming for a fun day of on-court simulations, rule clarifications and interactive experiences. With the day focused on reinforcing referee basics such as mechanics and rule knowledge, we were also able to get stuck into some of the nitty-gritties that commonly arise in the officiating arena.
With referees spread throughout the various stadiums used by the HBA it was a great opportunity for new faces to recognize a common interest and join together in the learning process. The major points of emphasis identified by the committee as important were presented as follows:
1. Lead and trail mechanics
Some common points such as areas of responsibility, transitional mechanics and the mercurial centerline violation call were covered in-depth to expand on the essentials to basketball officiating.
Everyone was split into groups for the first half of the day where the younger referees could bounce ideas off of each other and really focus in on clarifying the fundamentals. We then had an interactive video presentation that highlighted some in-game situations and common traps that referees fall into and how best to overcome and be proactive as a referee. An interval sponsored by the supportive Nando’s Glenferrie crew filled the bellies with a little more energy for the second half of the day. The theatrical display of an on-court incident and the follow up reporting process was then showcased such that each person could give their own idea to canvas the event. An understanding of how the tribunal procedures function was the follow on to this which captured the process from start to finish. Lastly a series of questions were then examined and answered/illustrated by the man himself, our advisor Garry Furman. Finally the day was concluded with some last minute questions, bad jokes and the awarding of AD 2012 badges and fridge magnets.
With over 50 participants, the success of the action day can be largely attributed to the hardworking team that supported the HBA VBRA committee who together delivered an exemplary experience. Each participant also received a work book that will be a good reference for the future to go along with the new badges that will be donned proudly throughout the HBA courts. A big thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time and preparation, and also to the younger referees who brought an enthusiasm that will no doubt build on the future for the officiating body of the HBA.