Bas­ket­ball ref­er­ee­ing clinic Satur­day

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

With bas­ket­ball sea­son just around the cor­ner, a ref­eree clinic is slated for this Satur­day, Novem­ber 24 for per­spec­tive ref­er­ees to learn the game.

The area is in need of of­fi­cials to ref­eree games. These are of­ten in the evening or on the week­ends. While it is great to have healthy par­tic­i­pa­tion in school sports, with­out ref­er­ees it could lead to miss­ing games or teams hav­ing to pay more to have ref­er­ees come in from out of town.

The clinic is open to any­one in Grade 10 and up. No pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired, just a will­ing­ness to learn. Ref­er­ee­ing can be a great way to keep fit, see the game from a dif­fer- ent per­spec­tive and also earn a lit­tle bit of spend­ing money.

For ex­pe­ri­enced ref­er­ees, the clinic will ad­dress rule changes as well.

Gavin Makse, who is run­ning the clinic, says the sys­tem they have in place is sup- portive of new ref­er­ees, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to work with ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cials.

“We will help men­tor the new of­fi­cials, work with them and help them to get bet­ter, so we are not putting them out by them­selves,” he said.

The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. An­thony’s School. Par­tic­i­pants need to bring clean in­door shoes and cloth­ing suitable for run­ning up and down the court.

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