Dragan Neskovic – an instructor of basketball federation is preparing those who want to start the officiating
The Georgian Basketball Federation is actively involved in the process of preparing new referees and arbiters. Last Autumn, before the start of the season, the Federation brought the famous referee and commissioner – Dragan Neskovic to work in Tbilisi. Neskovic occupied the position of “National Instructor” in the Federation and he worked on monitoring the activities of the Georgian referees, raising their professionalism and finding referees from the new generation.
As a result of the work, the first stream was selected, of which 2 groups were recruited. Those who want to be arbiters are both former and current basketball players, as well as basketball fans and youth who are close to this sport. It is worth mentioning that there are 3 girls from about 10 applicants.
Neskovic holds several seminars during the week – both theoretical and practical. Trainings are held in Olympic palace halls and Dragan Neskovic’s office. According to the Serbian specialist, the desire to start a referee in young people is great and soon the successful ones will start their referee’s career from the under-age championships.
Dragan Neskovic – an instructor of referees of the Georgian Basketball Federation:
“I am in Georgia for 4 months now and I understand how important basketball is for your country. The goal of my arrival is to raise the level of Georgian referees, to engage young people in this case, prepare them and drop them on the court field. We are actively working in this direction. Two groups were created, one of which is relatively advanced, the next one is at the stage of studying the basis of the referees. Everyone who passes this course, wants to start a refereeing very much and they will achieve this, if they continue with desire and courage. We have active and former basketball players, some of them are girls. It would be very good if the number of female referees will increase in Georgian basketball. It’s hard to say how long it will take for the members of the preparatory groups to start refereeing but, I think, this time will come soon.”