President of the Guyana Basketball officials Council (GBOC) Cecil Chin says he is presently having talks with officials from the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) to enable local basketball officials to benefit from a referee’s certification course.
Chin made the disclosure following the GBOC’s workshop held Saturday at Duke Lodge, Georgetown.
The workshop was attended by 10 officials from the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) and Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) and was aimed at having the officials brought up to date with the latest rule changes and other important aspects of officiating.
Chin was assisted by former national point guard Lugard Mohan.
“I’m impressed with the level of knowledge and exchanges shown by the referees, which means that, they have been doing their home work” Chin said.
He added that as of October 1 last year, FIBA had made some amendments to their rules. Chin said one of the biggest challenges facing the sport of basketball locally with respect to officiating was finding referees who suitable referees among the younger generation.
“Our problem is finding referees who are under the age of 25 so we can push them forward, he said
“We have persons interested and so with a lot now happening with the game locally, hopefully we can gradually integrate them among our more seasoned referees,” he added.