SWITZERLAND – “More than a success”

The second DIBF Europe Referee Clinic summoned 19 deaf referees from Europe in Yverdon-les-Bains, SUI, during 4-8 May 2016 and like the first one in Venedig, Italy, 2012 it also became a big success. The Clinic was arranged by Deaf International Basketball Federation in cooperation with and support from US Yverdon Basketball and Swiss Basketball. Many thanks to the organization team through Clinic Coordinator Mr. Vincent Guyon and his partner Mr. Olivier Schott, President of US Yverdon Basketball, for many funding sponsors and so all participants were able to participate for free, including accommodation and full board, a one-time thing. The DIBF is very grateful for their great support.

Mr. Sebastian Clivaz, invited from Swiss Basketball being FIBA Europe Referee of highest grade, was the lecturer of the clinic, together with DIBF World Secretary General Mr. Jurgen Endress, the conductor and the supervisor of the clinic, and DIBF Head Referee Mr. Fabio Scarpa. All three made popular among the deaf referees for their outreaching and outwarded manners, which was much appreciated by the participants. There are eleven lessons and four tests (Physical Fitness Test, Rules Test, Practice Test and Video Test) for all participants and all have passed successful.


The Clinic dealt with the presentation “Become a DIBF Referee”, the new upcoming DIBF Referee Commission, Criteria for license, and their development. The “Pre-game” was very carefully taught by Sebastian Clivaz who also trained the deaf referees in two- and three-person-officiating in the games where they could practice this kind of mechanics. In the “House of basketball” Mr. Miguel Perez Perez, in the company with Mr. Juan Mitjana, both from FIBA, have lectured very well the deaf referees about “Decision-Making-Process” and “Controlling or managing the game”. Also it was educated about “How to officiating the deaf game”.

Jurgen Endress, the supervisor of the clinic, was very satisfied with the outcome of the clinic. Endress said: “More than a success. The Clinic was excellent arranged. Our aim, to have more DIBF referees in Europe and in the World, has been met and we are all very happy with it. This is much promising for the future.” Vincent Guyon: “It is very emotional for me and I am very happy to see so many deaf referees from all Europe and some new faces too.

Except clinic the participants have visited the FIBA Museum in Mies and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The DIBF would like to extend its gratitude to US Yverdon and Swiss Basketball for their invaluable support to the Clinic. This is very much appreciated.


Following 19 deaf referees participated in the clinic:

Federico Di Marzio (ITA), Alvydas Dobilas (LTU), Raul Ghindea (GER), Vincent Guyon (SUI), Manel Morilla Iglesias (ESP), Vitalii Ignatenko (UKR), Antonios Koutsoumaris (GRE), Benjamin MacNeil (GER), Kevin MacNeil (GER), Franziska Müller (GER), Julien Gaston Petit (FRA), Vadim Rechetnikov (GBR), Tobias Reinhardt (GER), Serhii Rudenko (UKR), Fabio Scarpa (ITA), Regina Sovarzo (GER), Michael Specht (GER), Pawel Wardziak (POL), Sonja Wucher (GER)

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FIBA Report: http://www.fiba.com/news/second-deaf-international-basketball-federation-referees-clinic-a-major-success