New refs attend first clinic

A TOTAL of 34 young hopeful whistle blowers attended the first beginner referees course for the year.

Participants came from as far north as Woolgoolga and as far south as Bellingen. There was a strong turn out again this year from our Suns Representative teams, especially from the under 14 boys' and girls' programs.

The day started at 9.00am and worked through until 3.00pm. During this time the 34 learners were split into three groups and rotated through six education stations which included; introduction to refereeing, a beginning refereeing video, whistle blowing technique, mechanics, on-court practical work and the open book exam.

The program was conducted by senior referees Nick West-Foy, Justin Baldwin, Sarah Mottram and CHBA referees' co-ordinator, Sandra Mottram.

Over the next six weeks the beginner referees will become 'runners' on games in the Saturday competition, where they will work with two qualified referees.

Referee supervisors will be at the courts to work with the beginner referees over that period and at the conclusion those successful referees will be awarded their 'black and white' stripes and on graduation, a referee's shirt.



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