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Increase of female referees one of the goals in NORCECA

The members of NORCECA Refereeing Commission gathered together for two days in Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, February 21, 2015 – Development and increase of the number of female referees are among the main tasks in 2015 for the NORCECA Refereeing Commission which concluded its meetings in Santo Domingo on Friday following a one-day seminar.

NORCECA has 18 international female referees, including five candidates, of a total of 105 (80 male referees and 7 candidates) currently registered.

The information was presented by Jose Ramon Perez Vento, president of the commission and member of the FIVB Refereeing Commission.

Perez Vento informed that, in collaboration with the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Development Center in the Dominican Republic, courses for international candidates for both volleyball and beach volleyball are programmed to take place in 2015.

Other important goals for the year include to reach the 70 percent of countries within NORCECA Confederation (41 members, including territories) with at least one international referee and also to increase the participation of the referees in FIVB competitions.

One of the proposals to be submitted to the NORCECA Board of Administration will be the classification of the referees in three categories (A, B and C) based on experience and number of matches officiated in the different level of events.

The topics of the seminar included the following:

Psychological and Physiological factors impacting high performance refereeing, review of the changes of the rules of the game and the case book, use of new technology, cooperation with referee manager and duties of the referee delegates before, during and after the competition.

The president of NORCECA Confederation, Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, participated in the seminar and also pronounced the welcoming and closing speeches.

Marte Hoffiz expressed, “the development of referees should maintain the same improvement of the quality of the game in the region,” adding that NORCECA Confederation will continue making constant efforts to conduct refereeing that direction as well.


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