Montreux, Switzerland, June 5, 2013. CEV Referee Seminar for Volleyball referees looks at how the National Federations can sustain and continue improve the quality of refereeing throughout Europe.
58 delegates representing 39 of the CEV member federations met in Montreux (SUI) over the weekend of 31st May – 2nd June, 2013 as the European Referee Commission held its bi-annual International Referee Seminar.
The seminar opened with ERC President Dr, Jan REK (SUI) outlining the objectives over the following 3 days and thanking hosts Swiss Volley and the organisers of the Volley Masters 2013 where a practical session would be held observing 4 referees over two top International matches. Whilst the goal of consistent high quality training and development of referees throughout Europe is one of the key objectives for the ERC this can only be achieved with close cooperation of all of the National Federations Referee Commission’s and the seminar offered those responsible for elite referee training to meet and share best practise was invaluable. Dr REK informed the delegates that those attending must use the information shared to develop & train referees at a national level.
Following the rule changes introduced for 2013 the seminar welcomed Mr Sandy STEEL (SCO) president of FIVB’s Rules of the Game commission, Mr Laszlo Herpai (HUN) a member of the same commission and Mr Sergey TITOV (RUS) Secretary of the FIVB Referee Commission. The delegates were privileged to hear first-hand of the rule changes, the official interpretation from key members of the FIVB community and were able to answer questions posed by the National Federations.
Whilst a separate seminar was held for Beach Volleyball earlier this year Mr Joep van IERSEL (NED), a member of FIVB Rules of the Game Commission (Beach) summaries the changes to the rules that Beach Volleyball have experienced from 2013. Other Presentations were made by Mr Vito Santé ACHILLE (ITA) on the subject of “Video Check”, Mr Steve EVANS (ENG) on a new referee assignment tool introduced in England “Who’s the Ref”, “Customer Satisfaction – Referees in Holland” presented by Mr Joep van IERSEL (NED), and a key part of ERC vision “E-Learning Project” presented by Mr Philippe Schürmann (LIE).
ERC Member Ms Zorica BJELIC (SRB) outlined her plans for the ERC Mentoring Program and how “New Talent” and “Female Referee Development” will be managed moving forward. Ms BJELIC summarised the previous Women’s Refereeing Seminars and reminded all present that plans must be made, documented and followed. ERC expect all National Federations to have submitted their Female Referee Development plans for 2013/2014 by July 31st 2013.
Dr REK confirmed that “ERC are looking to develop a far more even balance of male and female referees and to continue the goal of FIVB to reduce the average age of International Referees. In doing this the promotion of new young talent is key to our future success”.
Having outlined plans for the observation of two matches at the Montreux Volley Masters Mr Fred KRÖGER (GER) led the session that summarised the practical session and emphasised how the new R-4 took into account the actual game play of the match and how the referees performed technically.