The Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) in conjunction with National Federations has concluded plans to hold online certification courses for coaches and referees.
This is in its quest to reduce physical interactions as the world battles to contain the deadly coronavirus.
According to FIBA, online courses for coaches will start on Monday, May 11, 2020 while referees would take their turn on May 18 as the basketball governing body reorganize for the 2021 calendar.
Registration for the FIBA-WABC Level 1 candidates (Coaches and National Referees) which has already commenced through the NBBF Secretariat will end on Wednesday, May, 6th.
In a statement from its Media department, the Nigeria Basketball Federation further disclosed that Online training for coaches will include 4 modules which would last for a week while additional practical courses are scheduled for later dates as soon as physical activities resume globally.
Training for upcoming referees aged between 21 and 31 years will also take the same format with list of successful applicants to be forwarded to FIBA by the Secretary General of the Nigeria Basketball Federation.
To qualify to participate, the NBBF said intending referee candidates must have an internet enabled laptop or tablet, have more than 5 years of referee experience and be officiating at the highest league in the country for at least 2 years.
Apart from the above mentioned, candidates must also have OBR (Official Basketball Rules), OBRI (Official Basketball Rules Interpretation) and IOT(Internet of Things).
Other capacity building activities have also been lined up by FIBA for Table Officials, Doctors, General Secretaries, Statisticians, Mini-Basket, Photographers and National Technical Commissioners