Design of a training platform: resources for referee trainers

- Researchers involved : ACTé : G. Rix-Lièvre, F. Coutarel, R. Goigoux, L. Ria, G. Serres

- Partners : French Federation of Basket-ball, Football, Handball and Rugby, PERF Arbitrage

- Project summary: The goal of this project is to provide resources to referee trainers and to help unify referee training. Regardless of the sport in question, referee training is based primarily on the “buddy system” with experienced referees—whether still practicing or not—trains young referees. The sharing of experience seems to be at the heart of the training process. However, the assistance offered to young referees differs significantly depending on the experiences, areas of interest and the experienced referee’s own training process. Today, federations are expressing a need to unify the training process, by developing tools not for referees, but for trainers. Therefore, we seek to design shared resources anchored in referee experience. It is through this project that we wish to assist the federations’ refereeing managers by designing a training platform presenting and analysing various refereeing situations based on the experience of the people involved. To create this platform, we will initially attempt to specify—beyond the rules specific to each sport, the determinants of experienced refereeing—relationship with space, concerns, emotions, uses of rules, means of entering the match, mechanisms for regulating interaction, etc.—and identify problematic refereeing situations with the people concerned. Once this has been defined, we will elaborate various video sequences and create a variety of materials in order to approach and realise what the person experiences in the situation presented initially. All of these sequences could then be combined in an evolving multimedia program to be used by referee trainers. Then, we will study the effects of the training materials on the trainers’ activity and on the experience of trainees to evolve the medium to meet the expectations of both and the training impacts.

Axe 4 of the Acté research laboratory.

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