Michael Haynes ready to put out WNBL firestorm


"In the WNBL and the NBL, there has obviously been comments in the media being made by various stakeholders in relation to refereeing," Haynes said.

"Im still sitting at the Basketball ACT desk, so Im not across that other than what I have seen in the media. It is a critical part of our pathways, both national leagues, so in that sense, yes it needs to be a big part of what I do.

"I think we need to change the dialogue a little bit. I think we need to be talking about what we do well, as well as what needs to improve and what needs to change.

"Australia has been at the forefront of education for officials for many years, our pathways have been very strong. There have been changes so we need to make sure we are being responsive to those changes.

"The national league is one area, but equally what is happening at the states in their identification and development pathways will be just as important."

Haynes will look to strengthen referee training and development programs throughout Australia and work closely with state and territory referee managers.

Basketball ACT president Allan Yates is hunting for Michael Haynes' replacement.

Basketball ACT president Allan Yates is hunting for Michael Haynes' replacement.Credit:Basketball ACT

Also on the agenda is creating systems for officials within the three-on-three and wheelchair basketball domains, with Basketball Australia's existing officials manager Peter Carey to report to Haynes.

Haynes is confident he can make a difference having previously held a position as an executive member of the World Association of Basketball Coaches, during which he penned education resources for FIBA referee instructor programs and developed basketball knowledge for FIBAs global referee curriculum.

"I will certainly be travelling to head office in Victoria quite a bit and meet with states and territories all around the country. Its a new position Basketball Australia has introduced.

"Theyd had some discussions with FIBA, the new competition systems are challenging for all federations and mean we need to review pathways.

"We cant just do it the way weve always been doing it, because the landscape has moved."

Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times

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