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FIVB referee course completed in Saipan

FIVB instructor Avelino Azevedo (right) and NMIVA president Laurie Peterka (left) pose with the participants of the FIVB volleyball cooperation program referee course

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, March 22, 2014 – A five-day FIVB Volleyball Cooperation Program referee course wrapped up on Saturday, with 20 individuals receiving certificates of completion.

FIVB instructor Avelino Azevedo on Saipa awarded the certificates to participants at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium after the practical session of the course on Saturday. They also attended the lecture session of held March 11 to 14 at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.

“They showed significant improvement after the first few days of the course, and I am happy with the way they responded to my teachings,” he said. “They asked so many questions to better understand the game and how to officiate. I clarified those doubts and now they are confident to make those calls.”

Most of the participants in the course were youth. Azevedo, a former FC Porto (Portugal) player, said having a young generation of referees is good news to the CNMI’s program.

“Laurie (Peterka), the president of NMIVA, was a bit worried that they are too young to join the course,” Azevedo said. “However, I told her they are in a good age. They are young and have a lot of time to learn and improve. They are very interested and I could see that with the way they asked questions during the practical and lecture sessions.”

He stressed, however, that those who completed the course have to consolidate what they have learned and put them into practice.  

Demapan, who plays for Grace Christian Academy, said she never tried refereeing before because she is afraid she won’t make the right call, but now she can help out in school events and other games. 

“I also earned an advantage as a player, as I now know what calls referees make when they see certain plays,” Demapan said.

Hideo, a nursing student at Northern Marianas College, is also a former player and now is leaning toward becoming a referee.

Participants Quintin Ramsey has been refereeing youth soccer games and hopes to add volleyball to the list.

“I enjoy being involved in a lot of sports, as an official or as a player,” he said. “I love the learning process, how you interpret and apply rules in certain situations.”


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