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Technology a key word for European Refereeing Commission

The members of the European Refereeing Commission (ERC) chaired by Dr. Jan Rek
Luxembourg, February 1, 2014 - The use and exploitation of recent technological developments was one of the main items discussed by the European Refereeing Commission (ERC) during their annual meeting held this weekend in Luxembourg City.

This way ERC President Dr. Jan Rek followed up on the meetings of the FIVB Refereeing Commission and Rules of the Game he had attended a couple of weeks ago in Lausanne.

“We are studying and evaluating the possibility to exploit some applications to encourage the further development of our sport and support the work of our qualified referees” Dr. Rek says. “We will work on a series of proposals to be studied by the CEV Board of Administration.”

The ERC members also expressed their satisfaction about the use of the e-learning software, another good tool whereby referees got the chance to polish their knowledge of the Volleyball rules shortly before the start of some major events such as the Final Rounds of the CEV Volleyball European Championship. “The e-learning provides our referees with a user-friendly and pleasant environment where to assess their knowledge and improve on it before they take on their respective assignments. It is another good action CEV has undertaken in order to help our referees unleash their full potential” Dr. Rek says.

Though technology was one of the key words throughout the weekend, the ERC members also reviewed the past season and started planning another busy year with the primary goal to continue the educational process they have started in order to stimulate the rise of young, up-and-coming international referees. The ERC is putting a lot of emphasis on this project so as to live up to the excellent status European referees currently enjoy and make sure they continue playing a leading role worldwide also for many years to come.

The European Refereeing Commission could also evaluate the positive and promising outcome of the actions that over the last few years have been implemented to support the role of female referees. This project is set to continue thereby building on the foundations that were laid by three seminars already organised by the CEV. Together with the European Medical Commission (EMC) the ERC also checks the health of the referees starting from the assumption that a sound mind needs a sound body in order to perform at its best.

“We want referees to embody the positive image of our sport” Dr. Rek says. “They are part of the show, and so their appearance and good health are instrumental to reinforce the positive attributes people associate with Volleyball and Beach Volleyball.”


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