Provincial basketball referees jumping on board with rules set

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An open arms approach has seen basketball officials in Nova Scotia embrace a change to Federation International Basketball Association (FIBA) rules, the same rules set used in nearly 200 countries around the world.

HALIFAX - An open arms approach has seen basketball officials in Nova Scotia embrace a change to Federation International Basketball Association (FIBA) rules, the same rules set used in nearly 200 countries around the world.

Canada and the United States had employed several rules sets in recent years, including NCAA, FIBA and National Federation of High School sets.

No longer will officials, players and coaches be required to know more than one rules set as the goal of all partners is to unify the game so it is the same here as it would be in South America, China and all points around the world.

"Perhaps our greatest challenge over the past six months has been to plan for the implementation of FIBA rules and mechanics across the province," Nova Scotia Basketball Officials president Greg Parsons told the NSBO annual general meeting recently.

To help exact this change, NSBO has embarked on an education program to train all members with the rules set and mechanics involved to help make the change a smooth one.

"A series of pre-national tournaments over the summer months, which utilized the new rules set, the Caulfield Camp of Excellence in New Minas and, of course, our inaugural Fall Symposium all targeted our mandate of educating our officials,"

Parsons added. "Many hours went into planning this event."

Paul Deshaises, the national interpreter for the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials and a FIBA member, conducted the seminar. More than 100 people, officials and coaches gathered for the session including strong representation from Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou County regions.

"The aim of the clinic is to ensure all officials in the province receive the same instruction with the consistent rule interpretations and the mechanics of implementing them so that we are all on the same page right from the beginning," Parsons said. "This will make the game far easier to follow and adjust to for us as officials, coaches, players and the many others involved in the game."

In the coming weeks, area supervisors and NSBO rules interpreter Roger Caulfield will be hosting clinics in each of the areas of the province to further educate the masses on the rule changes.

Reg Caulfield, the NSBO provincial supervisor and liaison between the province and the national council, said the major issue facing most of Canada centered around the FIBA rules and education.

"At our meeting, it was agreed that our focus for this year should be the rules on the floor. All provinces, with the exception of two associations in Ontario, will be playing games using FIBA rules," he said.

"The colleges and universities will be playing FIBA rules. The CIS and CCAA officials will be using FIBA mechanics," he added.



This is part 1 of a three part series taking a look inside the adoption of a single FIBA rules set. Look for Part 2 in next week's Monday News.

smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: FIBA, Nova Scotia Basketball Officials, NCAA National Federation of High School Canadian Association

Geographic location: Canada, HALIFAX, Nova Scotia United States South America China New Minas Colchester Pictou County Ontario

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