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03-03-2008, 05:28 PM
SBP launches ARAP National Referees’ Course in Nueva Ecija

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), through the Asian Referees Academy of the Philippines (ARAP), is launching the pilot program on improving basketball game officiating in the country, for local referees in Nueva Ecija on March 6-9 at the Araullo University in Cabanatuan City.

Aimed with the twin objectives of professionalizing the career of a basketball referee and enhancing the skills and competence of the current ranks of referees in the country, some of the country’s top referees (Romy Guevarra, Vic Maglaya and Franco Ilagan) and supported by leading coach Fritz Gaston, have banded together a short training program under the SBP’s Asian Referees Academy of the Philippines (ARAP).

About 30 of the top and active referees in Nueva Ecija will be attending, and will be the first batch of local referees who will undergo this first-of-a-kind and top-notch training that will be conducted by ARAP. The ARAP is expected to be the leading educational institution for learning basketball officiating, not only in the Philippines but also in Asia.

SBP is looking at ARAP to be the main catalyst in producing the country’s top 24 referees, who will eventually become “international referees” and/or also produce the future top referees that will be licensed and be properly accredited in officiating SBP-sanctioned tournaments in the country.

A series of training clinics by ARAP will also be conducted in other parts of the country in the near future, all under the auspices and support of the SBP and its area/regional heads and directors in North-Central Luzon, Metro Manila, South Luzon-Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao. For inquiries about the Program, can contact Fritz Gaston at the SBP office at (02) 706-2970 and/or Vic Maglaya at 0928-7765959.


Title: 1st BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP)
(under the Asian Referees Academy of the Philippines (ARAP) Career Enhancement and Skill Upliftment Program)

Date: March 6-9, 2008

Venue: Araullo University Audio-Visual Room & Gymnasium, Cabanatuan City

Participants: 30 BAP-affiliated active local referees in Nueva Ecija, headed by Mr. Mario B. Penetrante, Nueva Ecija Provincial Chapter Commissioner

Resource Persons/ Facilitators: Mr. Victor C. Maglaya, Mr. Romy Guevarra, Mr. Fritz Gaston, Mr. Franco Ilagan and Mr. Marfred Pranada

Course Objective: To improve professionalize the career of a basketball referee; and enhance the competence of local referees in officiating and keep them up to speed with the FIBA guidelines and standards in basketball game officiating.

Major Sponsor: Nissan Royce Motor Center, Inc.-Cabanatuan City (For Confirmation)

Partner Sponsors: Araullo University - PHINMA Ed. Network-Cabanatuan City
Jollibee Foods Corporation-Mega Shell Cabanatuan Branch
Smart Telecommunications-TSI Cabanatuan City
National Food Authority-Nueva Ecija Branch Office