The following article would be poor and fruitless without the contribution of Mr. Don Steponchev, Mr. Mike Constantino and Mr. Avi Benbenisti.
The Importance of Self Evaluation in Refereeing
First of all, I’d like to send my get well soon wishes to Mr. Walter Pfaller and congratulate him once again for his idea of the new format of the Eurocup Competitions. Last week, I was assigned to one of the Finals of EuroCup. The teams were more equal compared to recent years and therefore the level played in our cup was very high. I’m sure it was the same in the other finals. This alone, is another reason why we, the referees, have to push ourselves more to a higher level in refereeing wheelchair basketball to keep up with the teams and the play itself.
In this article, I would like to talk about the importance of being open to learn from your colleagues and supervisors as well as your mistakes to become a better referee. IWBF referee Avi Benbenisti emphasizes that it is very important to come back after a mistake. Making a mistake is a natural thing. A coach or a player makes a mistake too. If you don’t forget the mistake you make, you cannot give yourself to the next phase of the game. As a result you cannot perform well. It requires psychological strength and self confidence. In the tournament, I had the chance to observe my strong and weak points with the evaluation I received from my colleagues and referee supervisors. By knowing your strong and weak points, you can work on the weak side and improve yourself and become a better referee. Therefore I recommend each referee to take a piece of paper and divide the paper into two. Write your strong points on one side and weak ones on the other side. And improve the weak side and get motivation and encouragement from doing a number of things correctly, and know that there are other things to work on, without completely demoralizing yourselves. If you are willing to learn from your colleagues and accept your weak points, you have the possibility to improve them and therefore your overall performance as a referee will improve. On the other hand, it is very important that referees follow the words of Referee Supervisor Don Steponchev. “We don’t want officials to continually “beat themselves up” to improve. They should appreciate their progression to becoming more complete officials.”
Self evaluation sheet of is an example for you. You can develop it and evaluate your refereeing in much more details.
Strong Points Weak Points
Game Control Game Concentration
Reading the game Mechanics
Cooperation with fellow officials Wheelchair specific fouls and violations
You can describe your strong and weak points in details. Talk about the changes you can make on the weak side.
My partners and I controlled the game well. The players accepted our authority.
I was able to understand what was going on in the game and anticipate it.
I didnt have problems in communicating with players and coaches and my colleagues.
I cooperated well with my fellow officials.
Game concentration : I was not very well concentrated to the games in general or one game on Saturday evening. Because I thought it was an easy game or because at the beginning of the game, I called a foul in front of my partner and then couldn’t forget this call and this affected my game concentration in general.
Mechanics:I often didn’t move when I was the lead officer. I made it a habit to stay on one side. I must get rid of this habit.
Consistency: In one part of the game, I take the lead in calling fouls but then I’m lost in the play. (related to concentration also)I must be more consistent all through the game.
Wheelchair specific fouls and violations : I stopped the game though there was no potential danger. (another concentration related item)I had one good lifting and one bad lifting call. (related to consistency in refereeing as a whole and/or consistency in one specific case. ) I missed some of the off the ball offensive fouls. I must be more alert.
In conclusion, being a good referee is a never ending process. Referee Supervisor Mike Constantino states that self-evaluation is a crucial educational tool for a top referee´s development. You can never say that you are a good referee and finished learning and improving yourself.
I’d like to finish my article with the words of Don Steponchev “You are only as good as the last game you refereed.”
IWBF Referee and wheelchair basketball fan