(Editor’s note: DCC Athletics release)
GLENDIVE – Close to 20 officials are registered for the Dawson Basketball Officiating Camp June 21-23 at Dawson Community College. The number of attendees will be capped at 25.
There are several officials from out of state and some in-state officials from as far away as Butte, Turner, Shelby and Power.
“I think the high numbers are impressive for the first year and being located in a rural location,” said Bucs men’s basketball coach Joe Peterson. “It shows the need for these kinds of trainings for officials in the region. There are camps similar to this in western Montana and eastern North Dakota, but nothing much in between. I think the high quality of the instructors we are bringing in has been a major reason so many have already registered.”
The keynote instructor, Mike Thibodeaux, officiated in the SEC, Big 12, Conference USA, Sunbelt and Southland conferences for 31 years. Mike Fischer is the Assignor and Supervisor of the Frontier Conference and has officiated in high school for 32 years and college for 12 years. Jeff Risk’s career spanned 42 years of refereeing high school, college and professional games. He is currently the commissioner of the Mon-Dak Conference as well as the Assignor and Supervisor of officials for the North Star Conference and the Mon-Dak Conference.
The three instructors will offer on-court evaluations plus six different classroom sessions. All camp attendees are provided with a camp t-shirt, housing and meals, including a barbeque in Makoshika.
The camp is designed for current youth league, high school, recreation league and college officials, as well as beginners and those interested in moving up to higher levels. It’s approved through the MHSA and the NDHSAA to count as two study club credits. Montana educators can also receive renewal units.