The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials is pleased to announce that Mr. Willie “LA” Jones has been elected to the position of President for the 2018 – 2019 IAABO year.  President Jones is a member of Board 12 (DC) and the 80th President to serve our great organization.  Click here to view the remarks Mr. Jones imparted upon the membership at the annual General Assembly on the morning of April 22, 2018 in Ocean City, Maryland.
Congratulations to Carl Stevens, Stratford, CT, winner of the 2018 Nissan Rogue.  Click here to view a video of the raffle that took place on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the annual IAABO Fall Seminar to be held at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, MA on Cape Cod from September 19-23, 2018.  Room rates are $139 for Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and $179 for Friday and Saturday evenings.  Please make your reservations early as rooms are somewhat limited.  Please see below for instructions on securing your reservations.
  • Method for booking guest room reservations: Individual Reservations
  • Online Booking Code for the Group: IAAB0920  (Please note that it is a zero after the B and not the letter O.)
  • Reservations are due no later than August 20, 2018. A deposit of one night’s room rate plus occupancy tax is required per room to confirm reservations.  The Cape Codder Resort & Spa accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa.
  • Individuals reserving their guest rooms may use our toll free number: 888-297-2200, or use the online booking procedure as outlined below.  When calling, guests must identify themselves as part of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials in order to receive the preferred group rates.
  • To reserve online:
    1. Go to
    2. Scroll to bottom right of home page where “Online Reservations” box appears.
    3. Enter Arrival Date, Days, Adults, Children in the boxes indicated.
    4. Click on “Check Availability” or “Continue” whichever appears for you.
    5. Click on “Group Code” tab at top of page.
    6. Enter Code and click “Update.”
    7. Click “Confirm” in pop up box.
    8. Click “Book” on the room type you want to select and continue with reservation process.
The annual life membership luncheon was the highlight of the weekend as we set a new attendance record when we recognized this year’s inductees into IAABO’s hall of fame.  The 2018 inductees were Dean Ericson (200 GA), Joseph Gintoli (9 CT), Robert “Babe” Grady (208 MA), Jamie McCaig (102 ON), Barry Schultz (34 NJ), and Kevin Wolford (40 NY).  Congratulations to these gentlemen on this esteemed honor.
Prepared by William H. McKernan, Bd. 6, CT.
On January 15, 1892, James Naismith published his rules for the game of basketball, the game that he invented. Basketball games played under these original thirteen rules were quite different from the games played today. Throughout the history of the game of basketball, certain players have held enormous physical advantages that completely changed the way the game was played on both offense and defense. These players were so dominant that they caused many rule changes, rule changes that were supposed to reduce the dominance of these gifted players to make their style of play a bit fairer to other players. Most of these rule changes were originally instituted in NCAA, or NBA games, but these changes eventually trickled down to NFHS rules.
Leroy Edwards (Kentucky 1934-1935, NBL 1935-1949), a six foot, five inch All-American center for the Kentucky Wildcats, a prolific scorer in the days of low scoring games, is generally recognized as the player responsible for the implementation of the three second rule. Enacted in 1936, the rule was originally designed to limit rough play near the basket. The three second rule states that an offensive player cannot remain in an opponent’s free throw lane area for more than three consecutive seconds while his team has the ball in the frontcourt. A game central to this rule's introduction was that between Coach Adolph Rupp’s University of Kentucky Wildcats, and the New York University Violets, held in Madison Square Garden on January 5, 1935, a game that was especially rough. While the three second rule was originally adopted to reduce roughness between big men in the free throw lane area, it is now used to prevent tall offensive players from gaining an advantage by waiting close to the basket. The NFHS adopted the three second rule in 1941.
George Mikan (DePaul 1942-1946, NBA 1946-1956), was a six foot, ten inch All-American center for the DePaul Blue Demons, and Bob Kurland (Oklahoma A&M 1942-1946), was a seven foot All-American center for the two time NCAA champion (1945 and 1946) Oklahoma Aggies. The dominating defensive play of these two tall centers around the basket led the NCAA to outlaw defensive goaltending in the 1944-1945 season, making it illegal for a defensive player to touch the ball on its downward flight to the basket. This was in reaction to Mikan and Kurland standing in front of basket swatting away practically every opponent’s shot attempt.
Mikan’s dominating play in the NBA also led to a rule change. Due to the narrowness of the free throw lane, imposing centers such as Mikan dominated the lane, scoring at will. The NBA, at the onset of the 1951–52 season, widened the free throw lane from six feet to twelve feet, a change known as the “Mikan Rule”, forcing Mikan to start farther from the basket to give other players a chance.

Stay tuned for the next edition as we will present additional information on this topic.

Ask the Athletic Trainer
Do you have any suggestions for training that might be more basketball specific as pre-season approaches?
Thanks to a member of Board 127 for our question. If you have a question related to health, wellness or injury prevention, feel free to use the Ask the Athletic Trainer feature on the IAABO webpage. You will get a personal response, and you might see your question featured in a future article.
Off-season is a great time to take inventory of your current fitness status and begin to address any deficiencies that you might find. You want to make sure that you are falling within the "Good" or better than average range for cardiovascular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and whole body muscular strength and endurance. These basic fitness components can be easily assessed on your own. If you need directions for completing the assessment, click here as the MayoClinic outlines it very clearly.
Once you have determined where your deficits lie, then create a program to maintain and improve your fitness in each of the categories.
Cardiovascular Fitness: Engage in some type of aerobic training 4-5 days per week. This is a great time to build a solid fitness base. Since most game situations require that an official cover a little over 3 miles, I would recommend that you train so that you can complete 4 continuous miles without stopping. In the event that a game goes to over-time you can then be sure that your body is prepared for the extra workload. For training to occur that workout should occur at an intensity of 70-85% of your maximum heart rate.
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Thanks to everyone who participated in the annual Officials vs. Cancer campaign that was held during the past week.  Donations are still being accepted.  To make a donation, please send your check or money order to your board Point of Contact or mail it directly to:  Officials vs. Cancer, P.O. Box 355, Carlisle, PA  17013. 
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Game Tracker Journal
You have likely heard the saying, “a goal without a plan is just a wish,” and this age-old adage rings so true for all people pursuing all types of endeavors.
And for basketball officials embarking on the 2017-2018 season absent a basic strategy on how to achieve a stated desire -- a better schedule; advancement to the next level -- you are in a rudderless boat on an open sea hoping the winds of fate blow you to your destination.
Seeking officiating success described in this manner seems laughable, but yet many officials take this approach with their beloved avocation.  
But Ref, don’t panic now...Help is on the way in the form of the new, and first of its kind, GameTracker Journal.  
This latest publication from long time IAABO members Billy Martin, Tim Malloy and Al Battista, the creators of, is an innovative tool that provides a template for every basketball official, at every level, to create your own realistic roadmap helping to guide you to your desired destination - one game at a time.
For more information on this GameTracker Journal tool visit
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