Spinelli Elected as 81st
President of IAABO, Inc.
Paul Spinelli, Bd. 196 NJ, was elected as the 81st President of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. (IAABO), on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Click here to a recent article about Paul.

Board 52, Westchester Father/Daughter
tandem officiate a HS Boys Game

James Robinson and his daughter Nicole, 25, get ready to referee a boys high school basketball game at the Harvey School in Katonah Feb.19, 2019. James Robinson has been a high school basketball referee for over thirty years. Nicole has followed in her father's footsteps, working as a referee for both high school and college basketball.


Meet Lou Levine, the Referee
who donates all of his game
checks to fighting cancer

When Lou Levine referees a basketball game, his check goes straight to fighting cancer.  Click here to read the entire article.

IAABO Board 35 Connecticut Member
to officiate 2019 FIBA Events

Board 35 member Ahmed Yaseen has been nominated for the 2019 FIBA Men's World Cup in China in September, and will also officiate for the 2019 FIBA Men's Under 19 World Cup championship being played in Greece.
Brisky to Cattaraugus
County Hall of Fame
Marty Brisky, Bd. 121, Cattaraugus, New York was inducted in the Cattaraugus County Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet held on March 30, 2018.  Congratulations, Marty
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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
What It Takes to be a Final Four Official
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One team will step on the hardwood this week without wearing any school colors. The NCAA picked 10 of college basketball’s best referees in charge of officiating the Final Four games. Click here to read the entire article.
Six Things to Know about Jeffrey Anderson,
Rochester's Final Four Official
Jeffrey Anderson of West Henrietta is one of 10 officials selected to referee the Final Four this weekend (three for each game and one alternate). Click here to read the entire article.
At 76 years old, this high school referee
still routinely officiates games
76 year old Harold Wilson, Independent Member, IAABO, Inc, from Anchorage, Alaska still officiates basketball, football and softball.  The landscape of high school football has changed drastically over the past four decades — with changes in rules, the speed of the game and even the size of the players. Click here to read the entire article.
Coach charged after allegedly punching referee at
Kentucky basketball event. Outrage follows
A Michigan basketball coach was arrested Saturday after allegedly punching a referee and knocking him unconscious during a youth basketball event, according to the McCracken County sheriff’s office. Click here to read the entire 
Why would anyone want to be a Referee?
Three things have to exist in order for there to be organized sports. First you need players. Second, you need the essential equipment, at least the ball or puck. Third, you need to have a referee or game official. Click here to read the entire article.
 Long-Awaited Pay Raises Could Be On The Way For
Some Refs. But Not Everyone's On The Same Team
Referees in some high school sports could see pay increases this year as the Colorado High School Activities Association tries to combat a growing shortage of game officials with better wages.
However, not all referees and umpires are happy with the new proposed fee structure, which does not include across-the-board pay hikes for the next fiscal year. 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.
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


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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