Canada Basketball "Game Plan" Conference

by JMM

The Canadian Basketball Officials Commission was an integral part of the Canada Basketball "Game Plan" conference that took place in Toronto May 19th-21st, 2017. The members of both the Selection and Evaluation committee and the Development and Education committee were in attendance to continue planning under the FIBA approved model as members under the Canada Basketball umbrella.  The weekend also featured a coaching component and it was a great way for both coaches and officials to interact and work to advance the game of basketball.

The Development and Education Committee presented their work on a Referee Development Program, which includes new learning criteria, an updated NOCP program, a web-based learning portal and the establishment of a national members database to support the platform.  Discussion also took place on the information gleaned from the NOCP survey administered in April, where 399 CABO members responded to a variety of questions that will help guide us in the planning of a new blueprint for referee assessment.

The Evaluation and Selection Committee shared their efforts in implementing the Referee Instructor Coach Evaluator that follows the newly implemented FIBA model for all basketball federations.  The group also presented their work on the changes to the governance and administrative structure for developing basketball officials in Canada and the selection of officials for U-Sports championships.  A presentation was also shared on the new FIBA officiating program for international referees and a possible licensing program for referees in Canada.

Canada Basketball shared with the groups information on Game Plan, a system recently purchased and customized for players and coaches that could easily be modified to include the platform for all referee programs across the country.  This would include membership data, education, and an articulated approach to a truly Canadian development model.

The weekend had lots of positive energy as attendees discussed what is needed to make basketball officiating across the country aligned and up to current FIBA standards.  All in attendance realize the importance of on-going communication with our members and will strive to share details of the Canadian Basketball Officials Commission work as it becomes available.

Representing British Columbia at the conference were Jim Cervo, Tim Heide, John McFarland, Reed Scott and Mike Thomson.