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.
Do You have an Idea for a Rule Change
that You believe would Improve HS Basketball
If you have a rule change proposal that you would like the NFHS Rules Committee to address, please click here and follow the directions on the Rule Change Proposal form, complete and submit the form.

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2020 - 2021 basketball season is March 1, 2020. 

All proposals submitted will first go to your state office for review and if your state office approves your proposal, they will forward it to the NFHS.   

If you would like to submit a proposal, please begin the process now and submit your proposal early enough to allow time for your state office athletics representative to review and forward to the NFHS before the March 1st deadline.

To avoid complications, a few days after you submit your proposal you may want to verify receipt by your state office.   

The dates of the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee Meeting are April 14th - 16th, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact one of the Coordinators of Interpreters. 

T.J. Halliday - tj.halliday@mainegeneral.org  
Dan Shepardson - dshepardson@cvsdvt.org  
David Smith - ddsmith1985@outlook.com
Layne Drexel - laynedrexel@aol.com
IAABO Good Citizen
Steve Greenwood, Bd. 117 New Hampshire
On a September night 2019 at around 10:30 PM I was heading to my car to return home for the evening when my cell phone rang. It was Lisa.  Lisa has worked for me the last 23 years.  There was the sound of stress in her voice.  "Steve?, what are you doing right now?" Lisa says.
I told her I was getting into my car.  "Why?" I asked
In a stressed voice, Lisa proceeds to tell me how she had cleaned her earrings in the office earlier in the day and thinks she might have thrown them out with her trash from lunch. There were 3 sets; Rubies, Emeralds and Diamonds.  Some were from her dad who had given them to her before his passing.
Lisa's lives 60 minutes from the office. I was only 10 minutes away at the time.  I told Lisa that I would go to the office and look to see if the cleaning crew had emptied out her trash yet, but I told her that I thought they typically did that around 7:00 PM each night.  Lisa said that she was pretty sure she folded them into a neatly folded paper towel.
As I arrived at the office, there were no cars around.  Not a good sign.  The cleaners must be gone.  I walked up to the second floor.  Looking into the trash receptacle in Lisa's office there is nothing.  The trash was gone!  Placed into the community dumpster in the office park we work in.
I called Lisa to give her the bad news.  She was disappointed but thanked me for looking anyway.  We hung up the phones.
Walking out I said to myself "What would Lisa do in this instance?".  Lisa is one of the kindest individuals I know.  I knew what I had to do.
I proceeded to the dumpster in the back of the office park.  I know that day I had cut up some plastic cards and put them into my trash.  If I could find that bag, I would surely find the trash from her office.
Getting to the big blue dumpster, it was full.  No, it was overflowing.  Now it's about 11 PM on a Friday.  It's been a long week.  I placed my car headlights on the dumpster.  I start taking out the bags from the top of the dumpster and organizing them on the ground in a systematic fashion.
Going through bag after bag, I'm not finding the plastic cards I'm looking for. Continuing, another bag, another bag.  Nothing.  Now it's 11:25 PM.  Wait, there's a clue!  No plastic cards, but an envelope with my name on it.  Another envelope for an office mate.  This must be it!  But it's late....
I decide to put the bag in my car and bring it home.  It will be easier to look for a small napkin in the daylight.  I take the trash bag and I put the bag on the barrel outside my house.
In the morning, it's 6:10 AM.  My cell phone is buzzing.  It's Lisa.  She has a commitment she can't get out of, but she is sending her friend Tammy to the office to go through the dumpster.  I text Lisa.  "I went dumpster diving last night.  I have a bag at the house that I think might be the one with the earrings in it.  Let me go through that."
I bring the bag inside and start to go through it with my wife on the kitchen counter.  No luck.  No plastic cards and no jewelry.  I head back to the office, this time with my wife in hand.
Again, placing trash bags in a systematic fashion we start rifling through the bags once again.  I tell me wife about the plastic cards. "Keep an eye out for those." I say.
Opening dirty bag after dirty bag.  ...Bag 10, Bag 11, Bag 12...
Tammy arrives to assist.  As she is putting on some plastic gloves, "Wait!" I say to my wife.  "There are the plastic cards!   Go slow.  This has to be it!"
My wife is removing each item out of the bag and inspects each item closely.  Finally, a neatly folded paper towel amongst some mushy lunch trash.
She unfolds each fold. fold 1, fold 2....fold 6...  Yes!  There they are!  We did it!
We text Lisa a picture of the Earrings.  She is ecstatic!
Tammy's says "I'll take them to Lisa.  Lisa was looking forward to wearing them today as her stepdaughter is getting married today and they match her outfit!"
As Tammy drives off with the prized possessions, my wife and I return all the bags back to the dumpster.  It's time to go get cleaned up!
Williamsville North will Honor
those who Saved Referee's Life at Game
Benjy Bluman is grateful he’s alive and able to attend games as a fan.So too is the Western New York boys basketball community after the 74-year-old Hall of Fame referee almost died after his heart stopped beating while officiating a game on Dec. 28 at Williamsville North High School.  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.
Dramatic Decline in Referees
Prompts Statewide Call to Action
SEATTLE — Sports officials throughout Washington state are asking for help.
The Puget Sound region in particular is dealing with a shortage of people to referee games.
In the last decade, Washington's population has grown by 700,000 people. It means more sports leagues, schools, and teams. Yet, the number of people to officiate those games continues to decline.  Click here to read more.
State Representative, former Sports Official
Votes Concern for Proposed referee Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa - A proposed bill that would increase the criminal penalties for anyone who assaults a sports referee now may be dead.
State Rep. Tom Moore is a wrestling official for 38 years and member of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Officials 2009 Hall of Fame class. Click here to view the story.
New Jersey has a Referee Shortage
How can You become an Official
Referee Rob Lopez (center) meets with coaches and captains before the Summit vs. Chatham high school girl’s basketball showdown in Chatham on 01/03/2020. The Cougars rolled, 53-30.
Steve Hockstein | For NJ Advance Media
By Richard Greco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
While it may not be the most glamorous job, the NJSIAA’s Officials Appreciation Week has shown that referees are essential for the existence of high school sports.

That existence is being taken into jeopardy as data has shown the number of referees dwindling, especially ones that are first getting started. Research from the NFHS has found that nearly 80-percent of officials quit after their first two years on the job. No new officials mean there is no replacement for other referees when they retire.

The issue is not just in New Jersey and a simple google search will bring up articles from California all the way to the East Coast discussing the shortages. Click here to read more.
New Jersey High School Sports
Follow students' Lead and give Refs some Love during Officials appreciation Week
IBy Richard Greco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Referee Jonathan Cohen and his crew stand at center ice and watch two high school hockey teams shake hands after a hard-fought 45 minutes.

In the NHL, the handshake line is sacred. Images from post-Stanely Cup final handshakes are immortalized in history.

In high school, the storied ritual is much more common and occurs after every game. It ends with each player taking their turn thanking officials for their time.

The NJSIAA wants everyone to learn from these hockey players. It is encouraging student-athletes, coaches and even fans to follow their lead during Officials Appreciation Week, which will take place from Monday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Feb. 2.

“When the kids come up to us after the game - whether they agreed with some of the calls or not - they’re not stewing about it. They put it behind them,” Cohen said. “That’s what we are all really hoping that coaches are teaching. The game is the game during the game, but when the game is over, it’s time to move on.”

For some fans, coaches and even players, moving on is difficult.
In extreme cases, officials need to be escorted out of gyms or rinks by police. Nearly all of them have had insults hurled at them. As a result, the number of referees is quickly diminishing and threatening the state of high school sports as we know it.

Inappropriate behavior from parents and fans has been cited as the main reason for the national shortage of referees with 62.3-percent of officials saying that they are dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans according to an Op-Ed piece from NFHS Executive Director Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff. On Jan. 9, in New Jersey, an adult ran onto the court amid an incident between girls basketball players, dangerously escalating it into what one coach called a “riot situation.”  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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