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.

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.

Corn Hole Board Raffle
To Benefit
Officials vs Cancer

$5.00 for 1 Ticket, $10.00 for 3 Tickets, $20.00 for 8 Tickets

Winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday morning April 28, 2019 at the IAABO Conference in Atlantic City.  All money raised will go towards IAABO’s donation to Officials vs Cancer.  Winner will receive the 2 Corn Hole Boards pictured above with 8 bean bags.  You do not need to be present to win.  Winner is responsible for transporting the Corn Hole Boards from Atlantic City.


Congratulations to to Gary Gagliano, Bd. 45 NY (Week 16), winner.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the IAABO Play of the Week.
Milestone for IAABO Board No.84, ​Rhode Island Officials
The RI Girls State Championship Game was a milestone for RI Board 84 Officials.  It was the first time the entire crew were female officials .
From left to right -   Kristin Quinn, Rachel Fleming and Jeannie Records.
IAABO Members in the NCAA
Division III Final Four
Bottom Row – On the left is Kelly Callahan, Bd. 11 DE; second on the right (pink sweater) is Kate Burrell (Bd. 105 VT) and far right (skirt) is Heather Durbrow (Bd. 95 MA) Top Row  Second from Right (light shirt) is Corey Pothier (Bd. 35 CT).  The crew of Corey, Kate and Heather represented the Northeast and officiated the National Championship.  Kelly Callahan officiated the National Semi-Final.  

Women in Board 6
Make Local History

Board 6 Connecticut members Gemetta Neal-Goulet and Charlene Shepard made local history as they were elected the first ever Female President and Female Interpreter of Board 6.  Congratulations on this outstanding achievement.

Bernard Clinton Retires

After a long career as an IAABO and Division I NCAA Basketball Official, Bernard Clinton, an Independent Member, has decided to call it a career.  He officiated his last game in the College Basketball Invitation (CBI) tournament in a game held at Coastal Carolina University.  Congratulations on an outstanding career.
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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.

IAABO Officials' Schools
This summer, IAABO will be hosting summer officiating schools with the goal of “professional improvement”. The desire to improve must always be present if one wants to achieve success as an official. Over the past nine decades the many and varied continuous education materials and officials’ schools, which IAABO provides, has assisted thousands of new and veteran officials learn and refine their skills.  Click here to register.
Basketball News
Louisiana Bill would Punish Spectators who
Threaten Referees and Umpires
(WWL.com) - Metairie Representative Cameron Henry files a bill that could lead to fines, community service and possibly jail time for anyone who harasses refs, umpires, and other game officials.  Henry says officials at a recreational park in his district are occasionally threatened with physical harm. Click here to read the entire article.
High School Referee Numbers in Decline;
Fans and Coaches could be to Blame
With the decrease of available referees in our region, The Laker Review staff believes coaches, players and even fans need to recognize how valuable referees are and reevaluate how they treat them. Click here to read the entire article.
Many made Officials’ Event a Success
On Friday March 15, IAABO Board #25 Berkshire County Basketball Officials held its third annual all-star basketball game at Taconic. Thanks to the many people outside Board #25 who offered their help and assistance. Click here to read the entire article.
Delaware Suffers Shortage of Officials
Dover, DE - The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) is experiencing a shortage of high school officials. One of the contributing factors is 'referee abuse' on the part of rambunctious fans. 
In an effort to curb the current shortage, the DIAA has launched a campaign to recruit more officials, in particular younger refs, as the current group is getting older.  Click here to read the entire article.
The NCAA Team that just can't Win
LAS VEGAS — The knowing nods come as soon as the name John Higgins is mentioned to veteran college basketball officials. It could happen to any of us, they say, the way things are going. Click here to read the entire 

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.
Free 21 Day Trial
Join RefQuest Now Click Here
Are your ready?
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.
A Partnership to maximize Membership Benefits
IAABO and RefQuest

Clip. Post. Engage.

Access to RefQuest gives you the ability to download the RefClip Program
  • Easily clip and name your plays.
  • Upload them to the RefQuest site for easy sharing.
  • 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.
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.


The Morph” is a collapsible foam roller that can be packed in your roller bag and taken on the road with you.  No more will you have to ask the training room for a foam roller.
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