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
Click here to register for the upcoming spring meeting in Ocean City, Maryland.
IAABO Good Citizen
Thomas Zubert, Bd. 60, Rochester, NY
In 1968, Tom made his first whole blood donation.  In 1974, he discovered Apheresis, a special type of donation which separates blood into four components: red cells, white cells, platelets and plasma. Platelet donations are a two armed procedure which takes approximately two and one half to three hours to complete. To date, Tom has donated 821 times which is 1078 units and he has saved 3234 lives according to the Red Cross blood donor application. Tom feels that he is truly blessed and very grateful to possess the health to have made a positive impact on other people’s lives.  Tom indicated that God willing, he will continue to donate as long as he is able.  Tom would like to encourage others to donate so they too can feel the satisfaction of helping others and saving lives. 
Tom began officiating in 1966 and retired in 2011 but is still an active member of Board 60, Rochester, NY.
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.
NC Man Arrested for Punching High School
Referee in the Face at Basketball Game
A North Carolina man was arrested after authorities said he hit a high school basketball referee during a game Tuesday night in Mitchell County.
Jerry Dale Jones, 47, of Newland allegedly approached the referee after the game in the Mitchell County School gym, according to arrest warrants. He allegedly began to point his finger and cuss before punching the referee in the face.  Click here to read more.
Ohio Parent Reportedly Headbutts Referee
during Fifth Grade Girls Basketball Game
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No Enhanced Penalty for Assaulting
Referees at Iowa Sorting Events
Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The 2020 Iowa legislature will NOT boost the penalties for assaulting referees, umpires, line judges and other sports officials. Bills on the topic were permanently tabled in the House AND the Senate this week.
Representative Tom Moore of Griswold retired this summer after officiating high school softball games for the past 30 years. He was a high school wrestling official for 38 years. Click here to read more.  
3 Female Referees Worked Varsity Male
High School Basketball Game in Rare Occasion
In what is believed to be a first in Arizona, an all-female referee team worked a high school basketball game Monday night. FOX 10's Matt Rodewald reports.  
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Former Athlete now Blowing the
Whistle on Basketball Games

Joe Kemp is a former member of IAABO Board No. 112, Hamilton, Ontario.

Katrina McMeeken may be the new kid on the block when it comes to local basketball, but she has an old resident to go to whenever she needs some wise advice.

After a few years of watching her spouse, Joe Kemp, referee basketball locally and provincially, the 32-year-old McMeeken has decided to jump into the frying pan and give the world of officiating a go.

She is now the second female referee at the high school level locally, joining Alyssa Spooney, who has been doing it for seven or eight years. Spooney is now qualified to do Ontario University Association games as well. 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. 
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.

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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