Basketball referees learn from the best
MANSFIELD District Basketball Association hosted a referee clinic recently with Olympic referee, Sharon Arnold.
The clinic was well attended by players, referees and parents.
The clinic allowed Mansfield’s referees to practice their skills on the court, improve their positioning and vision, perfect their signals and learn to effectively deal with player and coach behaviour.
A game was played by 10 enthusiastic U14 and U16 boys to ensure the experience and feedback was in a real game situation.
All referees, parents and players learnt valuable information from the experienced referees.
Sharon Arnold is Australia’s most decorated referee.
She has been courtside for 44 years and was the first female to referee the NBL.
A life member of the WNBL, with more than 350 games and 13 grand finals, Arnold has travelled the world with the Australian women’s basketball t eam t he Opals.
Her other achievements include: Referee for World Championships in China, three Paralympic Games and the Sydney Olympics gold medal game.
Sharon was joined by Mansfield’s top referee, John Bugden.
Bugden, l i ke Arnold, i s a wealth of knowledge and experience - having refereed for 15 years and achieving a very high standard of refereeing.
His achievements i nclude: Referee for Division 1 Men and Women, SEABL, CVIBL and he was appointed to the NBL panel.
Bugden has also represented Victoria as a referee at state championships and the Junior International Games.
LEARNING FROM THE BEST: At the recent basketball clinic was Mac Greene (with ball) defended by Luke Menhenett, and (from left) Jimmy Payne, Lachie Edwards, Ollie Walker and Nick Watson (referee) all learning from the best.