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ERC fully committed to further improve volleyball and beach volleyball refereeing in Europe

The members of the European Refereeing Commission (ERC) had this week their annual plenary meeting at the CEV premises in Luxembourg
Luxembourg, January 31, 2015 - To complete a busy and hectic week for Europe’s Volleyball family, the European Refereeing Commission (ERC) also had their annual plenary meeting in Luxembourg City with a long agenda and many items to discuss as the ERC members continue their work and efforts to further improve the quality of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball refereeing in Europe.

CEV President André Meyer attended the opening of the meeting on Thursday afternoon and thanked the ERC members for their hard work in 2014, an extremely busy, yet very successful Volleyball and Beach Volleyball year. Mr Meyer then shared the CEV’s vision for 2015 and summed up the key steps and actions discussed at last week’s meeting of the FIVB Refereeing Commission he attended in Lausanne.

The ERC members reported on their respective tasks and on the events they attended in 2014, especially since in their capacity of Referee Delegates assigned to various CEV tournaments they scouted and evaluated the performance of many international referees, especially those of the younger, up-and-coming generation. This applies to both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball with the long-established system in place for Volleyball being implemented, step by step, also in Beach Volleyball in order to standardise procedures and the work of the respective Referee Delegates. The use of the e-learning tool will be extended in 2015 also to Beach Volleyball International & Candidate Referees and Beach Volleyball Referee Delegates thereby providing all of them with a useful reference to review the rules of the game and get ready to take on their respective tasks at the CEV events they are assigned to.

The ERC started preparations for the 2015 season by checking the current list of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball referees and their health conditions as CEV and FIVB continue to join their forces to make sure that all officials comply with the physical and psychological standards that are required to perform at the best of their abilities. As it is common practice since many years already, international and candidate referees were divided into a series of categories according to their skills and experience and starting from this breakdown the ERC proceeded to assign referees – as well as Referee Delegates – to the many Volleyball and Beach Volleyball competitions coming up in 2015.

The Commission also drafted a series of plans – including the organisation of seminars for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball refereeing – that will be now forwarded to the CEV Board of Administration for approval. The support of female referees is set to continue as the ERC have been stepping up their efforts – in close cooperation with the FIVB, the National Federations and their respective Refereeing Commissions – to encourage female referees to take a more prominent role on the international stage. The ERC will also work on talent identification and on the development of the new generation of elite international referee in order to further cement Europe’s leading role on the global arena.

The use of modern technology – Challenge System, wireless headsets, e-score sheet bench app and tablets – will help improve the quality of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball refereeing in Europe, thus supporting the skills of Europe’s highly qualified international referees. As the use of online tools to educate the members of the refereeing family will be further extended, the ERC will closely cooperate also with the European Medical Commission (EMC) and the Coaches Working Group on some items of common interest with the ultimate goal being the long-term development of European referees and of their technical, physical and psychological abilities.

“The level of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball refereeing in Europe keeps on improving and our Commission is committed to its further development as we want to make sure that our referees continue to play a major role on the international scene,” says ERC President Dr Jan Rek. “The last couple of years were marked by a series of innovations – especially the introduction of the e-learning tool and the extensive use of modern technology – that have furthered the development of our referees and improved the general perception of Volleyball and Beach Volleyball refereeing across the audience, with a positive impact on the overall credibility of our sports. I am therefore confident that in close cooperation with the CEV Board of Administration we will continue to pursue the right actions and measures to better the work of our diligent and professional referees and assist them in their duties.”


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