In order to promote basketball among Sri Lankan females; the Basketball Women’s Development Committee has identified it is important to carry out training programs promoting more female coaches and referees. Therefore, with the aim of giving expert advice in physical and mental development as well as technical and skill specific training in basketball, a training workshop has been conducted in 19th and 20th December 2018 for female coaches and referees at the National Institute of Sport Science (NISS). The Ministry of Sports contributed the financial aid for the two days workshop.
Mr. Ajith Kuruppu and Mr. Chathura Rodrigo carried out all the practical lessons of the workshop. Particularly, they emphasized basic skills, performance enhancement methods and code of ethics for basketball coaches and referees.
Mr.Tusitha Yatigammane conducted the FIBA rules and regulations lesson. Mr. Sajith Jayalal, director of the NISS delivered his lecture on principles of coaching and general theory of training. Ms. U.N.J. Dahanayake, lecturer in the NISS delivered a lecture in nutrition for Basketball players. Looking at the psychological aspects in Basketball, Dr. Samantha Nanayakkara delivered a lecture on developing coach-player working relationships.
Ms. T.L.C. Lasanthika contributed teaching and practice in first-aid for basketball coaches and referees. It should be noted that all the lectures were delivered bilingually, Ms. VinojaElimohan, a lecturer in the NISS coordinated all the lectures translating into Tamil language.
The Women’s Development Committee of the Sri Lanka Basketball Federation would like to convey their sincere thanks to:
The Ministry of Sports, Director of the NISS Mr. Sajith Jayalal and the staff, Hon Secretary Dr. Chula Senarathne and Exco members of the SLBF, Mr. Ajith Kuruppu and Mr. Tusitha Yatigammane All the lecturers Royal College, Colombo and Mr. Prasanna Jayasinghe Sri Lanka Institute of Sports Medicine District Basketball Associations
Our next step will be to hold a full workshop and respond to a number of requests raised by the workshop participants, including a detailed workshop for female basketball coaches and referees’ skill enhancement methods.