Freeland: Basketball association launches search and training for new officials
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By Neto Baptiste
The Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) will launch a recruitment campaign with the aim of increasing the number of qualified referees and table officials at its disposal.
It is according to the president, Michael Freelandwhich specifies that the objective is also to have a maximum of local officials certified by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
“We are looking to campaign to get people interested in becoming referees, especially those 35 and under. When the national team travels, you have to travel with a referee and they are paid people. Once you become a referee for FIBA, it does not mean that you are simply assigned to Antigua, as you may be called upon to participate in tournaments in any country in the Caribbean or in any of the FIBA territories. . It just depends on cravings and your levels and increasing your experience,” he said.
Freeland, recently elected by acclamation to lead the association, praised the current generation of officials for the contributions they continue to make, but said the demand for younger, more qualified officials increases every year.
“Especially now that you also have 3-on-3 basketball, which is the T20 of basketball, I like to say. We just need more and more because we just can’t rely on the pool we have now to doing all this is exhausting. [the current crop are] not the youngest, but they still come out and support and they put their hearts into it and that just speaks to the growth of the game,” the basketball boss said.
Freeland hinted earlier that its national basketball league could kick off in October with commercial league competition scheduled for September.
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