Sports Development Manager Report
AJVC has been and gone for another year and congratulations to all the referees who participated. Congratulations to Jodie Papiccio from WA for winning the Jeff Kostas Refereeing Award. And a special mention goes to Chris Goakes and Christine Kelly who were successful in obtaining their upgrades, we now have two more refs at AAA level . This is great for increasing our talent pools.
The biggest event on the referee calendar is all organised! Get your tickets now.
Where - AIS Canberra
When - 31st October 9am to 5pm
Mick Stone – former leading NRL referee, officiated in 3 Grand Finals, 4 State of Origins Officiated in 4 Test Matches, currently working with the ASC in the officiating unit and with the ARL.
Simon Taufel - Currently the world’s number 1 International cricket umpire. He has officiated in 54 tests, 139 ODI’s and 11 T/20 Internationals. Simon has been 5 time ICC umpire of the year.
Jason Patchell - Jason is a sports psychologist with the AIS High Performance unit.
Cost - Tickets are $110, but there are package deals available.
This event is a must if you have a desire to improve your performance or want to have a voice in the strategic direction of officiating in Australia. Registration details available on the AVF website.
We already have a great shirt and fleecy jumper available, but now we have a great pair of pants on offer as well. The pants are now available to try on at the Lowes stores across Australia. Order forms are available from your state rep or on the AVF website.
Uniform ordering process
1. Select store for uniform fitting
2. Attend store to try on various sizes
3. Once you have selected your size fill in order form and return to AVF along with payment. 30/9/09
4. Once all the orders are in AVF to send a consolidated order through to Lowes
5. Lowes then to disburse orders to nominated stores
6. Lowes to indicate arrival date of stock into stores
7. AVF to notify state AVRC reps of pick up date for stock
8. AVRC reps to notify officials that pants available in store
9. Officials to pick up uniforms from stores.
AVRC Facebook Page
That’s right if you didn’t know, the AVRC are now online, join up so you can keep up with all the events going on from around the country (this will eventually replace he newsletter).
Sport Development Manager
NSW Referee's Update - Keith Suckling
State League 2009
Grand finals for the State League 2009 season will have happened on 6th September. Thanks to all the referees who gave up their time to referee and assesses others. Congrats to those referees who were awarded upgrades during the season as well following their work in this competition. For results go to: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-3489-0-0-0&sID=45615
World Masters Games
From the 11th to the 18th October the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Hall will host the indoor volleyball World Master Games. The beach volleyball will be held at Maroubra beach from the 12th to the 17th October. If you are interested in refereeing at either of these events there is further information available on the AVF website at http://www.avf.org.au/wmg
Dates for referee courses in 2009 are yet to be confirmed, but if you have a group interested in attending a course please contact Keith with numbers and suggested times and location.
NSW Referees Association Contact Details
Chairman: Keith Suckling
Telephone: (02) 9361 1203
Referee Report - 25th Summer Universiade Games , Serbia - Rob Szydlowski
INTERNATIONAL REFEREE REPORT Report Prepared By: Robert Szydlowski (International Referee Candidate) Event Covered By Report: 25th Summer Universiade Games - Serbia Dates: 1 – 12 July 2009
Participating Teams -
Pool A Serbia, Russia, Sweden, Lebanon, Korea
Pool B Turkey, Brazil, Montenegro, Switzerland, China
Pool C Canada, Ukraine, Slovenia, Great Britain, Japan, Egypt
Pool D Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, UAE, Hong Kong, Australia
Pool A Serbia, Italy, Great Britain, Brazil
Pool B Poland, Spain, Turkey, Mongolia
Pool C China, Chinese Taipei, Slovenia, Canada
Pool D Thailand, Japan, Russia, Sweden
Mr Mark Tennant (CAN) Chairman of FISU games, Mr Thorsten Endres (GER) FiVB Technical Member, Mr Lenny Barry (GBR), Mr Dragomir Gerasimovic (SRB), Ms Melanie Sanford (CAN), Dr Lorne Sawula (CAN), Mr Darko Djurickovic (SRB), Mr Slobodan Milosevic (SRB)
Mr Alexander “Sandy” Steel (SCO) FiVB Chairman FiVB Rules of the Game Commission, Mr Illia Iliev (BUL) CEV Referee’s Commission Member, Mr Jean Claude Baccus (BEL) Member FiVB Rules of the Game Commission, Mr Govert van Velsen (NED) CEV Referee’s Commission Member, Dr Vladimir Cuk (SRB) Former International Referee, Mr Pierre Farmer (CAN) International Referee, Mr Peter Koncnik (SLO) Former International Referee, Mr Milorad Kovacevic (SRB) Former International Referee
AUS Mr Robert SZYDLOWSKI (Candidate), BIH Ms Mirjana LOZANOVIC (Candidate), BRA Mr Marcelo SEQUIERA, BRA Mr Rogerio ESPICALSKY, CAN Mr Andrew CAMERON (Candidate), CAN Mr Malcolm MOUSSEAU, CHN Mr Lan XU, CHN Mr Wensheng LUO CRO Mr Bruno MUHA (reserve) (Candidate), CZE Mr Tomas VOJTISEK (Candidate), GBR Mr Nick HECKFORD (Candidate), GBR Mr Mike PAULL, GER Mr Andre JUNGEN EGY Mr Essam SHEHATA, ESP Mr Antonio CORREA (Candidate), HKG Mr Khok Wai LIU ITA Mr Roberto BORIS (Candidate), JPN Mr Kataro ABE, JPN Mr Tadashi KATSUMATA, KOR Mr Soon-Kil SEO, PER Mr Roberto ARISMENDE DIAZ, POL Mr Krzysztof SZMYDYNSKI, POL Mr Tomasz JANIK, RSA Mr Dhevan GOVENDER, RUS Mr Oleg LUKIN, RUS Mr Maxim BERDNIKOV (Candidate), SLO Mr Blaz MARKELJ (Candidate), SLO Mrs Sanja Miklosic (Candidate), SRB Mr Ivan LAZAREVIC, SRB Mr Nenad DAVIDOVICH, SRB Mr Vladimir SIMONOVIC, SUI Mr Stephan GRIEDER, SWE Mr Hans ALMKVIST, SWE Mr Johan MAGNUSSON (Candidate), THA Mr Charlermsak RUAREE, TPE Mr Pei-Chi HSU, TUR Mr Ali BAGDE (Candidate), TUR Mr Bayram DIKMENTEPE, UAE Mr Khaled Rashid al HANTOUBI, UKR Mr Genadii KONDAKOV.
I arrived at the tournament only 2 days prior to the competition start date. Most of the other referee’s had arrived the day prior. Thus enabling them to complete the Venue visits and an early referees clinic and practical session.
I was taken to the Athletes Village to meet our delegation and to receive my accreditation for the duration of my stay. This was all very well organised and police escorts from the airport to the village made the journey smooth and quick.
Upon receiving my accreditation, I was taken to the Referee’s Hotel – Hotel Serbia. A 3 star hotel located in the quiet part of the city. The hotel’s distance from the village was approximately 7Km, the centre of the city 5km and from the airport, 20km.
There were four venues that were used for the tournament, these were:
- SH Kolubara (59km from Athletes Village, Seats 2,500)
- SRC Tasmaidan This was the hall used in the final matches as well as the venue for the 2009 World League Finals (7.7 km, Seats over 10,000)
- SH Smederevo (51km, Seats 2,500)
- SBC SPENS Main Hall (87km, Seats 5,000)
For the duration of this tournament, I only had the one rest day (Day 7) Referee’s averaged around 5 – 9 matches for the tournament.
Referee Meeting & Clinic
As in the past with previous Universiade Games, the FiVB were to test and evaluate a proposed rule change being considered for the near future. The FiVB Rules of the Game Commission President – Mr Sandy Steel, proposed the rule change of “Four Players in One Position”. Mr Steel was present throughout the whole tournament and made himself available for discussion on this and any other rules presently.
The test was to employ dynamic shorter players more often. The goal of the study was to step towards an advanced or improved solution for a substitution system in volleyball, because volleyball is a team game where each player is limited to play in only one position in each set. The new (proposed) limitation of allowing up to four different players access in sequence to the same court position, should not be an obstacle for development and should give the coach additional opportunities for the use of additional defensive tactics, and more efficient use of the entire team roster.
This was the main focus of the clinic. Other discussions were around the new rules that were introduces as of Jan 1, 2009. Many of the European referees had not used the new changes, as their seasons do not commence for another few months. There were many video presentations by Mr Steel and clarifications sought and discussed. Some of these included:
- Keep the Ball flying
- encouraging fewer interruptions
- defining interference
- the role of the 2nd referee during interruptions (TO’s & TTO’s)
Each morning we were expected to attend the referee meeting, which was conducted at the hotel. Discussions revolved around the above-mentioned topics. In particular the role of the 2nd referee with processes. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. At this level the discipline of the players and all team members including the coaches need to monitored and acted upon at the 1st offence. It should be noted that with the new rules text and diagrams out, that there is a signal for the server touching the end line (signal 22).
Day 1– Thursday 2nd July
20:00 Match 04 – SRB v LIB (Men): 1st Referee
Rating: Easy, Score: 98
Day 2- Friday 3rd July
18:00 Match 18 – CHN v MNE (Men): 2nd Referee
Rating: Medium, Score: 96
Day 3- Saturday 4th July
15:00 Match 28 – RUS v LIB (Men): 1st Referee
Rating: Easy, Score: 94
Day 4- Sunday 5th July
20:00 Match 24 – SWE v RUS (Women): 2nd Referee
Rating: Easy, Score: 98
Day 5- Monday 6th July
18:00 Match 37 – TUR v BRA (Men): 2nd Referee
Rating: Easy, Score: 98
Day 6- Tuesday 7th July
18:00 Match 25 – CHN v SRB (Women): 2nd Referee Quarter Final Match
Rating: Tough, Score: 100
Day 7- Wednesday 8th July
No Game (Rest Day for me)
Day 8- Thursday 9th July
20:00 Match 44 – SLO v CHN (Women): 1st Referee
Rating: Medium, Score: 95
Day 9- Friday 10th July
13:00 Match 77 – TUR v CAN (Men): 1st Referee Classification 5-8
Rating: Tough, Score: 97
Day 10- Saturday 11th July
No Game – due to Early Departure
Final Standings: Men Women 1. Gold – Russia 1. Gold - Italy 2. Silver – Brazil 2. Silver – Serbia 3. Bronze – Egypt 3. Bronze – Poland 4. Czech Republic 4. Russia 5. Serbia 5. China 6. Canada 6. Chinese Taipei 7. Poland 7. Japan 8. Turkey 8. Spain 9. Ukraine 9. Turkey 10. Korea 10. Brazil 11. Switzerland 11. Thailand 12. Montenegro 12. Great Britain 13. Japan 13. Canada 14. Sweden 14. Slovenia 15. Germany 15. Sweden 16. United Arab Emirates 16. Mongolia 17. Slovenia 18. Great Britain 19. Australia 20. Hong Kong 21. South Africa 22. China 23. Lebanon
This was my first event as an International Candidate Referee. Initially I was overcome by the whole event of the Universiade Games and the level of competition as this event is the 2nd largest sporting event in the world after the Olympic Games. Once the first game was ‘under my belt’ I did embrace the games and the spirit of the competition.
The level of competition was extremely high. There were many teams that had players that have played at a high level. For example many of the men’s teams had players who were involved in this years World League. The whole of the Serbian women’s team were regular starters in the National Team as well as many experienced international players in other teams.
The Australian team were unlucky not to win a few more games than they did, however, they did perform to the best of their ability. I would like to congratulate Steven Benson and the team for conducting themselves in an excellent manner. I’m sure many of the players will take this experience away with them for the rest of their lives.
I am very glad that I was asked to attend this tournament as part of my Officiating Scholarship and feel that I have made the most of the opportunity given to me, talking to other referees, delegates and watching those more experienced referee’s.
I would like to thank:
- The Australian Sports Commission, Officiating Unit
- John Cheadle (AVF) and Siobhan James (AUS) for organising my trip;
- The AVRC Executive for supporting my nomination to this event; and
- The Australian University Games delegation, Coaching staff and team for their support during the event.
If you have any questions relating to this report, please me.