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All IAABO Members,

As part of our effort to heighten the importance of health and wellness for you and your families, we have initiated a program of implementing a series of "Challenges” we are encouraging our members to participate in. In November we asked you to participate in the 10K Challenge. In December, in addition to continuing November’s 10K challenge, our challenge was the “H2O” challenge. In January, in addition to continuing the previous challanges, our challenge was the “Plank” challenge.


This month, your challenge is to participate in some kind of stretching routine for a minimum of 10 minutes every day. This could be a simple static stretching routine following a workout or a game, or it could be participation in a more formal yoga or Pilates class.

I want to encourage everyone to participate in all of the five challenges during the season. We can have some fun with this and make it an informal competition between boards as we do with "Officials vs. Cancer".

Click here for a description of February's challenge. Board secretaries and individuals can click here to access the form to register your participation in the challenge as a Board or an individual.

David Smith
President, IAABO, Inc.

Referee Blows Whistle on Cancer

Click here to read and view a segment on IAABO Board 114 member Hank Boldrin, Sr.


David Smith
78th President of IAABO

David Smith, Board No. 4, Colorado, was elected the 78th President of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc., on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the General Assembly Meeting of the association held in Orlando, Florida.  Click here to read David's inauguration speech.



IAABO Hits Target - $1,000,000.00

Officials vs. Cancer was started in 2008 and supports the American Cancer Society. All monies that are donated are tracked, process through the American Cancer Society (ACS) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and then returned to the local ACS offices for the areas from which the donations were made. Since the inception of the program, over $1,000,000.00 has been donated to the American Cancer Society. Click on the Paypal icon to make a donation.

2016 2017 NFHS Rules Changes

Click here to review the NFHS rules changes for the 2016 2017 season.

New England Sports Network Features Board 44's Lou Levine

Referee Magazine Offers Special to IAABO Members

IAABO and Referee are partners in producing, distributing and marketing a variety of educational resources and for basketball officials. Now, IAABO and Referee Magazine are teaming up together again to provide a new benefit exclusively for IAABO members. A year's subscription to Referee Magazine normally costs $46.95. IAABO members exclusively subscribe for just $24.95. that's nearly a 59% savings. Click here to save now. Please note that no refunds can be issued for existing subscriptions, but you can renew at the IAABO price, and it will extend your existing subscription. Also, if you are a NASO member, when you renew your NASO membership, go to and immediately receive $10 off your membership

2016 Spring Committe Reports/Sponsors

Click here to view the 2016 Spring Committee Reports/Sponsors Book for the Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

A new Honig's sales person, who will service IAABO Boards in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and upstate NY, is now available to meet the needs of your board members.

The new representive is Steve Zazuri. He is a member of IAABO Board No. 9 in Fairfield County. Steve’s contact information is listed below.
Steve Zazuri
484 Pepper St
Monroe Ct 06468
Phone: 203-685-7763 or 203-261-2023
Fax: 203-261-2023

90th Anniversary Book

Click here to view the IAABO 90th anniversary book celebrating IAABO's 90th year with a historical prospectus spanning many decades of the organization


Click here to watch an interview by a local news station in Connecticut with Peter Palermino, IAABO Board No. 6, Interpreter, related to the new rules and their enforcement for 2014/15.

Ask the Interpreter

Click here to view questions that were recently posed to IAABO Coordinator of Interpreters, Peter Webb. 

Recruiting Brochure

Click here to view and print the IAABO Recruiting Brochure.

Concussion Guidelines for IAABO Officials

The NHFS rules governing removal/return-to-play of a player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with concussion continue in effect for the upcoming season. These rules and Suggested Guidelines for Management ...Click here to go to ZebraWeb – IAABO Resource Center to review the guidelines

IAABO Officiating Apparel

For officiating apparel, please visit Honig’s Whistle Stop -- official supplier for IAABO officiating uniforms, apparel and supplies. Click here to access the Honig's website.


Click here to observe a promotional video clip of the new IAABO Crew of Three Mechanics video. To purchase the video, please contact the IAABO Office by calling 1.717.713.8129.

Sports Officiating: A Legal Guide - " the comprehensive guide for officiating leaders, administrators and active sports officials"

Considered the foremost authority on the legal issues of sports officiating, author Alan Goldberger provides the reader with easy-to-understand insights and advice. He presents current rulings, precedents and the principles that should guide every officiating program. Click here for more details

Len Maida Passes

Leonard Maida, Board 51, New York, passed away  on Saturday, November 28, 2015.  He was the 67th President of IAABO, Inc. and an IAABO Life Member.  Len was a member of IAABO for over 56 years and will be missed by all. Our condolences go out to his family.