January 21 – 27, 2019 is designated as Officials’ vs. Cancer week.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their Pink whistles during this timeframe.  To make a donation, please contact your local board chairperson or send your donation to Officials vs. Cancer, P.O. Box 355, Carlisle, PA  17013.  To make an online donation, click here

IAABO Play of the Week

Click here to view the IAABO Play of the Week No. 10 for the 2018/2019 season. At the end of the video, you will need to click on the link shown below to access the survey question.  In addition, all IAABO Plays of the Week are archived at www.iaabo.org.

Click here to answer a survey to ensure that you have an accurate ruling.  Once you submit your answer, you will receive a response with IAABO’s point of view on this play


Congratulations to Jeff Hansen, Bd. 4 CO (Week 9) winner.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the IAABO Play of the Week.

Celebrating Tom Lopes

On Saturday evening, April 27, 2019 at the annual spring meeting scheduled to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, IAABO will be celebrating Tom Lopes’ retirement as the Executive Director, IAABO, Inc.  Click here to view and print a form for the event.

2019 IAABO Spring Meeting
The IAABO Spring Meeting will be held at the Claridge Hotel in beautiful Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The meeting dates are April 24-28, 2019.  It is now time to make your room reservations.  Room rates are as follows:  Wednesday (4/24) and Thursday (4/25) -  $110.00; Friday (4/26) - $139.00; and Saturday (4/27) - $149.00.  For reservations, please call the hotel at 1-844-AC-IS-FUN or online at www.claridge.com, using the code: IAABOO.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlantic City.

Joe Gintoli to Administer
IAABO Charitable & Education Foundation Public Relations

IAABO Charitable & Education Foundation President Bill Varno has announced that IAABO Past President Joe Gintoli (Bd. 9 Connecticut) has been appointed to the position of Administrator for Public Relations effective January 1, 2019.

“We are very excited that Joe will be involved with the Foundation in this new role. We look forward to Joe bringing the same organizational and leadership skills he has shown for the last 15 years as an officer and Executive Committee member of IAABO, Inc., to the mission of the Foundation,” said Varno.
Established in 1982, the IAABO Charitable & Education Foundation's principal objective is to support IAABO, Inc. in the instruction and education of individuals in the various facets of basketball officiating.  Their emphasis is on training individuals interested in joining IAABO, as well as to assist current IAABO members looking to increase their skill level in basketball officiating through completion of attendance at a certified IAABO school.

Said Gintoli, "Since 1982 the Foundation has awarded financial scholarships to nearly every IAABO member who has completed a certified IAABO school. In the fall of 2018,  a $10,000 charitable donation was made by the Foundation to the American Cancer Society due to the great support of IAABO members and friends through the 2018 car raffle. Most recently, the Foundation partnered with IAABO, Inc. to provide the new state-of-the-art online Axon program for all 16,000-plus IAABO members. We look forward to expanding our mission to do more for IAABO members as the Foundation grows.”

"I thank the Foundation's leadership and Trustees for the opportunity in this new role  to help expand the mission of the Foundation. I look forward to working with the leadership of IAABO, Inc., local IAABO boards and members, and additional opportunities outside of IAABO to grow the Foundation.”

The Foundation is a registered non-profit organization. The Foundation accepts donations and grants to help support their initiatives.

For further information about the Foundation please email Joe at: iaabofoundation@gmail.com or by cell:  203-257-5731
Basketball News
Understanding these basketball rules may make the game more enjoyable
Longtime IAABO member, Bob Cimbollek, Bd. 111, ME, recently wrote an article that was published in the Bangor Daily News.  Click here to read the article.

Basketball team told to 'tone it down' after 116-10 victory
A California Girls Basketball Team received a formal warning which reminded the school of the CIF’s “Pursuing Victory with Honor” program.  Click here to read the entire article.

Virginia Referee Banned from Officiating Games After Making Inappropriate Remarks about 10-Year-Old Girl’s Hair”
A basketball referee has been banned from officiating games in Chesapeake, VA, after commenting on a 10-year-old girl’s hairstyle.  Click here to read the entire article.

IAABO Patches

Recently, the IAABO Office has received numerous inquiries about IAABO patches and their availability for purchase.  We no longer sell IAABO Patches.  This was discontinued several years ago.  Please visit Smitty Officials’ Apparel – Smitty is the exclusive vendor for IAABO Logoed products.  Click here to view a listing of preferred retailers.

IAABO University Goes Live
"An online basketball officiating certification class"

The course is LIVE.  If your board is participating and has prospective officials that would like to enroll in the course, please have them contact the IAABO Office @ iaabo@iaabo.org.
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RefQuest Enhancing your Game
RefQuest is an online platform for high school and small college basketball officials. 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, intuitive and provide unmatched value.
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IAABO and RefQuest

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Access to RefQuest gives you the ability to download the RefClip Program
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  • Use hotkeys for quick film navigation.
Simple and Intuitive. You receive access for the duration of your RefQuest membership!
Video Evaluations Made Easy!
Digital Critic was developed by Official Excellence to enhance referee, umpire and official evaluations. The platform allows for video time stamped commentary, spoken or textual, to be used for officiating improvement.  Digital Critic enables groups to track progress, enhance learning, and augment your existing training processes.  With online footage assessment, you can have your best evaluators providing valuable feedback consistently, without the need to be present at games.  Contact Mark (mark@digitalcritic.ca) for information on a free demo site for your board!  Click here to view.
Note that we are offering a 10% discount at the moment.
Smitty Officials’ Apparel – Smitty is the exclusive vendor for IAABO Logoed products.  Click here to view a listing of preferred retailers.
Click here to purchase Ref Life gear and enjoy Free Shipping - Must use code RefLife when checking out.
Long-Time IAABO Member Dave Simon Pens Third Book
Long-time IAABO member and writer for SPORTORIALS, Dave Simon, recently penned and published his third book. Simon has been an IAABO member since 1984 and written for SPORTORIALS for 29 years. "Tales of Cycling Nomad 1982," published by Orange Hat Publishing, chronicles his 3,500+ mile journey on a bicycle across North America in 1982. 
Autographed copies of the book are available by contacting Dave by email at davidsimon15@hotmail.com. Copies can also be ordered through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 
Previously, Simon wrote "Whistle in a Haystack" with Rick Hartzell, which details stories and insights from Hartzell's DI men's basketball officiating career. Simon is also the author of "Bad Golf," a humorous take on why golfers punish themselves playing the game.
IAABO watch and gift sets are now available at a special price of $99.95.  To order your watch and gift set, please contact Donnie Eppley@ 717.713.8129 or email:  eppleyd@comcast.net
Thanks to everyone who participated in the annual Officials vs. Cancer campaign that was held during the past year.  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. 
To make a donation online, click on the following URL:  www.main.acsevents.org/officialsvscancer
Officials vs. Cancer apparel items are available at:


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 Ref60.com, 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 www.Ref60.com/gametracker.
Special Deals for IAABO Basketball Officials

Briggs and Riley Luggage
Briggs and Riley Luggage - Officials will receive a 60% discount on any product.  Officials must use the form which can be obtained by clicking here - There is a lifetime guaranteed on the luggage. 
ISlides – Customize your own IAABO ISlides.  Click here to get started.


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