Sal Capitummino, Bd. 36 New York
Elected the 85th President of IAABO, Inc.
IAABO Play Book+
4.19.1 Dead Ball Contact
This video was developed by IAABO to show the case book in a visual format and help officials learn the rules by seeing them applied.

You, the viewer, can decide how to utilize the video to gain a better understanding of the rules(s) and concepts.

For individuals who want to understand the play situation, the clip contains a title page, case book page, and a "Key Concepts" page that outlines each play situation and the pertinent rules that apply.

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We hope that you will enjoy this educational tool and that it enhances your understanding of the rules. 
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Dual Coverage Areas: Overlapping of Field of Vision
(IAABO Manual Diagram pg. 93, pg. 87, Section 16)
At times, ball location along with the movement of many players in a precise and well-defined area may cause an official’s field of vision to extend or overlap with another’s. When fields of vision overlap, double whistles may occur. In that situation, double whistles are acceptable.
However, officials should remain disciplined and be partner-aware after blowing the whistle.  The official who is ruling within their PCA should be primarily responsible for the ruling. The official ruling outside their PCA should generally drop their stop-the-clock signal after making eye contact and defer to the primary official to signal the infraction.  
If the secondary official has a ruling that precedes or impacts the primary official’s ruling, they may take the ruling if the primary official defers.  This may require a brief conference. If there is any question or doubt regarding what the accurate ruling should be or which foul or violation occurred first, officials should confer, even if only for a moment.  After conferring, the final ruling should be signaled by the official whose call the crew determined was correct.
2023 IAABO Fall Seminar
September 20-23, 2023
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Congratulations, Dave Cruz!
CHSCA Official of the Year
"Dave Cruz is one of the top officials in Connecticut at any level. Dave's approach to officiating high school games is always professional, genuine, and education-based. If Dave's got the game, it's likely the biggest of the night and it's in very good hands. Southeastern Connecticut is blessed to have had Dave's expertise working high school games for decades and hopefully for many years to come. The CHSCA will honor Dave and the All State players on April 25th at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT" 
-Quote from Neil Curland, Former Boys Coach, NFA and Windham, Assistant Principal, Stonington High School, CHASCA Board of Directors
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RefQuest is an online platform for high school. It was developed for basketball officials, by basketball officials. The creation of RefQuest provides a resource for referees to collaborate. This technology has been advanced by the RefQuest visionaries and utilizes world-class programmers who have made the platform user-friendly and intuitive.
IAABO and RefQuest have teamed up to provide another great resource to the members of both organizations. IAABO's core mission is "to educate, train, develop, and provide continuous instruction for basketball officials." RefQuest provides new and exciting technology to help reach that goal. 
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