REFEREE EDUCATION FOCUS ON TEAMWORK AND PHRASING
EFC REFEREE EDUCATION SEMINARS DEVELOP FURTHER
The European Fencing Confederation’s sabre referee education seminar series moved focus to, working as a team with competition organizers and phrasing hits correctly and consistently.
The initiative continues to be led by the EFC’s Vice-President, Nikolay Mateev and Secretary General, Jacek Slupski. As always, they are joined by international referees and EFC Referee Commision members Vasil Milenchev and Vladsislav Shamis who all dedicate their time to educating the sport’s next generation of referees.
In the most recent series of seminars, delegates have been given the opportunity to quiz the experts on the application of fencing’s technical rules. Focus then switches to the role of referees on international duty and the responsibilities that come with that. Delegates are encouraged to appreciate their position as part of a competition’s key organization, to be as helpful as possible and to fully understand the logistics available to them.
The remainder of the sessions are reserved for testing the delegates on their phrasing, using videos of actions from the most recent international tournaments.
Updating us on how the seminar series is progressing, Jacek Slupski said, “We are pleased that this idea is developing. Referees are getting more and more involved. One of the referees woke up at 1:00 AM in their time zone to be able to attend a session. This confirms that we have motivated delegates and that we are going in the right direction. In addition to the rules and video analysis, mentors were teaching self-confidence, appropriate behavior during refereeing and the right approach in difficult and unexpected situations during competitions.”