Umpires urged to be impartial

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) national organiser, Meshack Dire, has urged teachers officiating volleyball games to be impartial in their assignments.

Speaking during a two-day umpiring clinic for North/North Central secondary school teachers held at Selebi-Phikwe Secondary School recently, Dire urged teachers to be neutral and let players' performances on the field of play decide the outcome of the games. "Let teams win on merit and not because referees played a role in ensuring they won," he said.  He expressed hope that the skills imparted to participants will enable them to confidently handle games impartially.

He urged participants to take their players on board by teaching them the rules of the game. Presenting on the rules of the game, National Referee and North Central Volleyball coordinator, Daniel Tshume encouraged participants to familiarise themselves with the rules of the game. He urged them to access the latest rules and regulations from the volleyball's governing body, Federation International Volleyball's (FIVB) website, www.fivb.org. He said knowledge of the rules would help them to discharge their duties without fear or favour.

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