IAABO Play of the Week

Click here to view the IAABO Play of the Week No. 12 for the 2018/2019 season. At the end of the video, you will need to click on the link sho
wn 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

Play of the Week 11 - Addendum

We have received a few inquiries on last week’s Play of the Week. 

In response to last week’s Play of the Week, several people have noted the ball handler lifted her pivot foot before starting her dribble, therefore committing a traveling violation.

The teaching point of the play was the player’s failure to receive/catch the pass and the ball striking the floor did not constitute player control and that a player may recover a loose ball and legally start a dribble.

We commend those who noticed the violation and your knowledge of the traveling rule. (Rule 4-44-3.c).

Because the traveling violation was not mentioned in the narrative only means that violation was not the teaching point of the play.

IAABO works very hard to provide you the very best in educational tools to improve your rules knowledge, understanding of proper floor mechanics and the use of IAABO approved signals.  At times, there may be rules infractions, mechanics and signaling that are not addressed in the narratives.  This in no way implies that any illegal activity depicted on the video clip is legal or unapproved mechanics and signals are acceptable.

We appreciate your interest in our plays of the week and hope this clarifies the purpose and objectives of the Plays of the Week.  


Congratulations to Steve Dunn, Bd. 33 NJ (Week 11) winner.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the IAABO Play of the Week.

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Officials vs. Cancer campaign.  Donations are still be accepted.  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. Click here to make an online donation.

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.
IAABO Past President
Dr. Ken Walker, Bd. 84
Rhode Island Passes
The beloved Dr. Ken Walker, IAABO Past President,
2000-2001, passed away.
PROVIDENCE — Kenneth Walker, the retired chairman of the state Parole Board and its longest-serving member, died Tuesday after an illness.
His death, at age 88, was confirmed by several close friends, who’d visited with him over the last few days at HopeHealth Hospice and Palliative Care on the East Side.
His long life had been defined by work as an educator and mentor, a coach and basketball referee, and a thoughtful and compassionate 
decision-maker willing to give second chances for those who sought to change their lives. No matter how people came to know him — at the prison, on the basketball court, inside classrooms — each person spoke of him in the same way.

Walker wasn’t just respected, they said. He was revered. He was loved.

“He’s an icon. He will be missed. He touched the lives of many, many people,” said Providence Police Commander Thomas Verdi, who’d known Walker since childhood and served with him on the Parole Board. “He had that twinkle in his eye. He had that smile; he truly loved people. And that’s what made him popular.”

Walker grew up in East Providence, graduated from Providence College in 1957 and earned a Ph.D. from Boston University.  Click here to read the remainder of the article that was published in the Providence Journal.  
Irv Brown, longtime Denver radio host, commentator,
coach and basketball official,
dies at 83
Brown, a standout college athlete, coached at the University of Colorado and partnered with Joe Williams on the radio for more than 25 years.

Irv was the brother of Dr. Ron Brown, IAABO Past President, 2003-2004.  Condolences to Ron and his family.  Click here to read more about Irv and his illustrious career.
Basketball News
It takes a special person to be a high school
referee, don't forget to appreciate them
I’m talking about high school sports referees.  It takes a special kind of person to take on this job.  There’s a picture of a high school referee in the .... Click here to read the entire article.
Referees facing fan challenges
High school athletics referees generally enjoy their jobs because of their interactions with a lot of different people.  The camaraderie with other officials ... Click here to read the entire article.
Opinion:  Out-of-control parents are causing a
shortage of high school referees
Thomas Neubauer is executive director of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. Karissa Niehoff is Executive Director of the National ... 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
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Access to RefQuest gives you the ability to download the RefClip Program
  • Easily clip and name your plays.
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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

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