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Creating a More Effective Referee Education and Training System
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 30 Nov 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Under the title of "Stategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training," the Turkish Basketball Federation, is applying to the Erasmus + Programme Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices for funding. The title of the project is "Creating a More Effective Referee Education and Training System". The present situation with regard to the referee classification, evaluation and education system is explained in detail within the relevant sections of this Project application. The advantages and disadvantages, and most specifically the needs of this sector have been analysed and the importance of creating an updated system which answers to the needs of modern basketball has been outlined. The education and training of top level referee instructors has been situated as the core goal of the Project, after which wider circles of the education system will later be adjusted accordingly down the hierarchial ladder into grassroots officiating levels. In order to train referee instructors, a referee training system must be created. In order to create an effective, sustainable referee education system, quality input from the top organisations of Europe are required. Taking this necessity into consideration, the Turkish Basketball Federation set out with making a short list of the top countries in Europe with regard to the most developed referee systems, after which the French, German and Italian National Federations were incorporated as partners. The project would begin with a detailed analysis of the present systems in these 4 top countries in European basketball - the methods, principles, implementations, advantages, disadvantages and also any possible shortcomings or problems. This detailed analysis will later be used as a basis towards creating the best applicable system the Project can come up with. All four partners will carefully work on project reporting and national research templates to gather relevant data, and accurately evaluate the reports and research within each respective country. The outcome should contain strong guidelines on 3 main questions: “Who to train” "What to teach" and "How to train". The answer of “who to train” will give us a clear definition of characteristics of potential referee instructors and also detailed job descriptions. The answer to "what to teach" will later constitute the curriculum of referee and instructor training, and the answer of "how to train" the methodology of referee and instructor training. The developed curriculum and its related methodology will be attached together and a training manual referee training and training for instructors will be created. After the training manual has been created, the referee instructors – the core target group of the Project – come together and be trained according to this modernised manual (Training of Instructors Phase 1). The total number of the participants of this training would be 44, comprised of 10 referee instructors and 1 trainer of instructors from each respective country. Upon completion of this training, the referee instructors will be sent back to their respective countries to test what they have learned within their working local systems. This will be done by organising national referee education (refreshment) clinics in each partner country within the designated period of the project calendar. These same referee instructors would then be brought back together to report on their findings and test results, and to discuss their experiences - which methods worked well, which did not, what should be improved, etc. (Training of Instructors Phase 2) At this point our draft training manual would be revised according to the feedback obtained from the instructors. A Project Handbook would then be prepared to disseminate the new Referee Education and Training System. This will be translated into the French, German Italian and Turkish and printed for local usage in all partner countries. The handbook will consist of a ‘The Training Module for Referee Instructors’ (O3) including the ‘Curriculum’ (O3-A1), the ‘Training Methodology’ (O3-A2) and the ‘Training Manual’ (O3-A3) The ‘Set of Competences for Instructors’ (O2) will be another output that will be circulated and put into use in all partner countries. At the completion of this project, the new system will officially be used by the Turkish, Italian, German and French Basketball Federations. Upon successful usage and within a certain period of time, the ultimate goal of the project could later be to disseminate this innovative referee education and training system to a larger number of European Basketball Federations - specially those countries who might be a little behind and could really benefit from it – in order to create a single referee education system unifying all national basketball federations of Europe.
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