IAABO Play of the Week



Click here to view the IAABO Play of the Week Number 10 for the 2019/2020 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


IAABO Good Citizen
Bill McKernan, Bd. 6, Central Connecticut


Early in 2019 I joined the The Saint Dominic Church (Southington, Connecticut) Prison Ministry. We currently have about a dozen members. On a rotating schedule, three members of Prison Ministry visit inmates at the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution in Somers, Connecticut every Monday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ministry members meet with several inmates during a Catholic Faith Sharing session. The Prison Ministry focuses on the readings, including the Gospel, from the Sunday mass prior to the visit. Ministry members and inmates have the opportunity to pray together, read the readings, and discuss reflection questions. Ministry members are all grateful for the opportunity to share their Catholic faith with the inmates, truly embracing the spirit of the Corporal Work of Mercy, “I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:36).


Before You Yell at the Referees Tonight
Let Me Tell You about My Daddy



By Carolyn Moore

Most of the time, you probably don’t even notice he’s there.
But the official prowling the sidelines of your high school gymnasium isn’t just a zebra to shout angry words at from your spot in the stands—he’s my daddy.
And I’m counting on you to be kind.
For a few months every year, he’s gone most evenings blowing his whistle in gyms from down the street to halfway across the state. When he leaves for work in the mornings, he takes along a black suitcase with his striped shirt, Sansabelt pants, and a pocketful of rule books and Fox 40s—ready to head straight to another game once his 9-to-5 is done.
On many of those evenings, we follow him. My mom packs a bag with toys and snacks and cash for concessions; our “basketball bag” lives in the front hall, ready and waiting for Daddy’s next game.  Click here to read more.  


Apply to be a High School Official!


Make a difference in your community and become a high school official. #BecomeAnOfficial. Click here to read more.


Wisconsin Bill Makes Harassing
Sports Officials a Crime



By:  Associated Press  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Harassing sports officials in Wisconsin would be a crime punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and nine months in jail under a bipartisan proposal introduced this week in the Legislature.

The bill, which is supported by various sports organizations, is designed to protect referees and other officials from violent fans and remove a barrier to younger people signing up to officiate games, particularly at the high school level. There have been an increasing number of incidents in Wisconsin and across the country, particularly at youth sporting events, where parents and fans have attacked referees.

In February, former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy was accused of confronting and berating referees after a loss by his stepson’s high school basketball team in Pulaski, Wisconsin. Also in February, parents at a youth wrestling tournament in Kimberly broke into a fight that was captured on cellphone video. Click here to read more.  


Athletes Accept Ownership for Mistakes,
Arguing with Officials



By Mitchell Thomas. 
As I roam the baselines and sidelines for basketball games and other sports throughout Beaufort County and beyond, I can’t help but notice the amount of times I see student-athletes arguing a call.  A simple message to athletes, let your coach go to battle for you. 
Click here to read more.


Kentucky Legislators Propose Law to Protect
School Sport Referees from Abusive Parents


NEWPORT, Ky. — Kentucky parents who assault or abuse school referees could soon find themselves being harshly penalized. Three Republican lawmakers have proposed a "Good Sport" bill that would make it a misdemeanor to intimidate sports officials and a felony to physically assault them.  Click here to read more.


Strapped for Stripes
Foul Treatment Cited in Shortage of 
East Mississippi Sports Officials



On what should have been a calm Tuesday afternoon, Robert Eakins was scrambling.
Serving as the secretary of officials with the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s East Mississippi division, Eakins schedules referees for basketball games.
After an official called out sick three hours before tip off, Eakins worked his phone, rushing to find a replacement. Click here to read more.  



RefQuest Launch - Success


RefQuest continues to be successful.  Thousands of officials view the plays that are posted and more than 1,000 officials have provided comments on the video plays that have been posted on RefQuest. The nature and intended use of RefQuest Plus is to provide a private forum for  participation, collaboration and interaction. In addition, RefQuest Plus will serve as a platform for IAABO to post content in various forms throughout the year.  Content will be delivered to you as Training Video's, You Make the Call Play's and Single Clips.     

Accessing RefQuest

All officials should have received an email from RefQuest Plus. 

If you're new to RefQuest Plus, you will need to do the following when you receive the email:

- Click "Reset Password" on the link in the email

- Enter your email address (the same email address your RQ email was sent to)

- You will enter your new password

Once you reset your password, go to: plus.refquest.com

(It should automatically take you here)


Mobile Friendly

RefQuest Plus is extremely mobile friendly!  Feel free to access on your handheld device.  Of course, you can still use your tablet, PC or MAC.  


1: Website: Users must use the RefQuest Plus site, which is plus.refquest.com.  This site is different from existing public site, which is refquest.com

2: Web Platform: Internet Explorer doesn't work well (barely at all) with our site.  99% of people don't use Internet Explorer, but for the 1% that do, they will have problems.  

3: Firewalls: Officials that try to access RefQuest Plus at work can run into firewalls.  Firewalls are a way that businesses, usually schools, government agencies, etc, control the websites their employees can access.  If you can't access plus.refquest.com at work, you have a couple options.  1) Contact your IT representative at work and let them know you'd like to access plus.refquest.com.  2) Use your phone to access the site at work.  Be aware, you work WiFi may also have a firewall built-in.

4: Spam Folder: From time to time, your invitation to join RefQuest Plus email ends up in your SPAM folder.  

If you have any issues, please send an email to info@refquest.com and a member of the RefQuest team will contact you shortly. 




Officially Human; Behind the Stripes LLC (OH) was founded by Brenda Hilton as a grassroots effort to "humanize" sport officials in all sports at all levels. Brenda has spent close to 20 years working with sport officials and coordinators at the DI level and grown to appreciate them for all they do for our youth and young adults. OH is currently working with 12 high school associations (with more on the horizon) across the country to survey officials at that level, gathering information to take back constituents and participating states in hopes of building a nationwide campaign. To date, 16,000+ officials have shared thoughts and ideas on how to address the issue. This same survey is being offered to the IAABO members. Follow the link below to participate. The survey is 53 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019IAABO


OH currently has sportsmanship banners available for purchase to be displayed at venues; they can be customized with the venue logo. 






Calling All IAABO Good Citizens


So many of us impact our communities and our world for the better.  IAABO would like to highlight many of the good deeds our officials have done throughout the year. We want to emphasize our belief in being good corporate and community citizens in the areas where we live and work.  So, whether it be a random act of kindness or an organized volunteer effort, no good deed is too big or too small!  Trust us, we’ll be humble so that our officials can be proud.  Send your email to IAABO @ info@iaabo.org  and tell us about a good deed you did this year.


Some examples include:

  • Rescued a puppy
  • Bought lunch for a stranger
  • Organized a fundraiser
  • Volunteered at a homeless shelter
  • Donated blood
  • Shoveled a neighbor’s driveway
  • Helped a friend in need



Click here to purchase Ref Life gear and enjoy Free Shipping - Must use code RefLife when checking out.



The Officials vs. Cancer campaign will take place inconjunction with the Suits and Sneakers week, January 20-26, 2020.  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 Patches



Recently, the IAABO Office has received numerous inquiries about IAABO patches and their availability for purchase.  IAABO Patches are no longer available for purchase.  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 @ info@iaabo.org



Smitty Officials’ Apparel – Smitty is the exclusive vendor for IAABO Logoed products.  Click here to view a listing of preferred retailers.


Incrediware - A Natural
Wearable Anti-Inflammatory


Incrediware’s mission is to design innovative products that help patients recover more effectively and faster while assisting medical professionals to deliver a new standard of care through further development and application of unique materials.  IAABO officials are being offered the same discount as all NBA and NCAA officials.  The promo code is:  NCAAREF (30% discount). www.incrediwear.com





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



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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