Basketball referee course this weekend


Referee Dado Vistal, left, keeps a close eye on the play between Atkins Krolll and Saipan Vegas players during the first game in the Atkins Kroll Marianas International Basketball League last Friday at the Marianas High School Gymnasium. A referee course will be held this weekend at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.(Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Mariana Islands Basketball Federation will be hosting a referee/table official course on Sept. 27 and 28 and it will be open to all interested individuals, clubs, and school officials.

According to MIBF official Elias Rangamar, the course is designed to give one a better understanding of the referee’s role and to start an individual off on the way to becoming an expert in officiating.

The course is accredited by FIBA Oceania and divided into two categories. The junior referee program will be held this Friday from 1pm to 4pm with a $5 fee, while and the adult program will take place this Saturday from 10am to 4pm with a $10 fee. Both courses will be held at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Rangamar said the course will be administered by Frank Cruz and Roy Dirige of Guam Basketball Confederation.

“Frank Cruz is the secretary general for Guam basketball with extensive background as a referee in the Micronesian and Oceania region. He was designated head referee for the Micronesian Games in Yap in 2018,” said Rangamar.

Coordinating with Cruz will be Dirige, who is currently the basketball commissioner for GBC and holds a vast regional and international experience. Dirige just attended the U17 FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament in New Caledonia last month as an assistant referee evaluator, Rangamar added.

The course will touch base on official signals, offer video training, and discuss new rules in the role, floor mechanics (2-PO or 3PO), and beep test. A written test will also be given and at the end of the course, there will be an evaluation.

For more information or to register, contact Rangamar at 287-6347 or email him at Interested applicants can also stop by the Oleai Sports Complex to pick up a registration form.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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