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The 32 referees meet in Frankfurt. - Photo: DHB

Germany 2017: Referees preparation camp in Frankfurt

Those 16 referee pairs from all over the world, who will officiate the matches of the IHF Women’s World Championship in Germany (1 to 17 December), met for a preparation camp last weekend. This event, organized by the International Handball federation IHF and the German Handball Federation DHB, took place in Frankfurt. Among the participants was the German referee pair Robert Schulze/Tobias Tönnies.

Manfred Prause, Chairman of the IHF Playing Rules and Referee Commission, and his deputy Ramon Gallego headed the seminar, which was attended by several IHF officials too. From German side, Berndt Dugall, chairman of the Germany 2017 Organizing Committee, and Wolfgang Jamelle, head of referees in the German handball federation, were present.

After the first rules and video tests, Alejandro Vaquera (FIBA Referees Fitness Coordinator) lectured the referees on physical training, recovery and nutrition. On Saturday, the referees had their obligatory shuttle run, followed by fitness and stretching practises, exercised again by Vaquera. “His practise and units were very interesting, insightful and proved that it is important to look beyond your sport, if you want to develop,” Prause commented.

A theoretical part and a presentation of mental coach Dr. Christian Heiss were additional topics on Saturday’s agenda for the 32 referees. The final day included discussions and presentations of certain aspects of referee’s tasks such as passive play or attacker fouls.

Prause’s overall conclusion of the seminar was highly positive: “We experienced three very good days. The organization of the event was extra-ordinary, we had short ways from training hall to accommodation and lecturer hall. Thus, we have to give a big hand to Berndt Dugall, who had planned and organized the seminar.”

The praised OC chief was satisfied: “It was a challenging and ambitious seminar, the organization worked well and all referees cooperated perfectly as a group. For example, the discussions at the group working tasks were on highest level. Besides, the presentations of Vaquera and Heiss gave valuable impressions and and a lot of things to know.”

It was the second mutual seminar for referees nominated for World Championships after the premiere prior to the 2017 men’s event at France. “The rules are changing and the referees need a certain physical level to be well prepared for a World Championship. Therefore it is important to have this mutual tuning and preparation, which worked well this year,” says Prause. Another seminar for the nominated referees is planned prior to the 2019 Men’s World Championship in Germany and Denmark.

Tickets for the 2017 Women’s World Championship are available via the official website

Those are the 16 referee pairs nominated for the 2017 Women’s World Championship in Germany:

Julian Ismael Grillo Lopez/Sebastian Lenci (Argentinia), Line Hessedal Hansen/Carina Christiansen (Denmark), Ignacio Garcia/Andreu Marin (Spain), Charlotte Bonaventura/Julie Bonaventura (France), Peter Horvath/Balazs Marton (Hungary), Koyoshi Hizaki/Tomokazu Ikebuchi (Japan), Ivan Pavicevic/Milos Raznatovic (Montenegro), Kjersti Arntsen/Guro Röen (Norway), Bojan Lah/David Sok (Slovenia), Viktoriia Alpaidze/Tatiana Berezkina (Russia), Vanja Antic/Jelena Jakoljevic (Serbia), Mirza Kurtagic/Mattias Wetterwik (Sweden), Samir Krichen/Samir Makhlouf (Tunisia), Kürsad Erdogan/Ibrahim Özdeniz (Turkey), Seok Lee/Bon-Ok Koo (Korea), Robert Schulze/Tobias Tönnies (Germany)