IAABO Play of the Week
Click here to view IAABO Play of the Week Number 14 for the 2019/2020 season. After viewing the video click here to answer a survey to ensure an accurate ruling. The link can also be found under the video on the IAABO website.
Additionally, all Plays of the Week are archived at www.iaabo.org
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
James Randall, Bd. 53, New York
I have been very fortunate to be able to give back to my community. I am a member of the Sunrise Optimist Club which runs various programs for the youth in my area. I am also a member of Hospice, in which I volunteer in fundraising and do respite and vigil sitting.  In addition, I developed a program with the local Panera Bread in which I was able to take day old  bread products and deliver it to a local food bank.
I feel that I am very lucky to be in a situation where I am able to serve my community. I also feel that what I do is only a small example of what a lot of the members do at Board 53.
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.
Refs honouring Kobe Bryant with special
whistles at NBA All Star events
The players and fans have paid tribute to tragically taken too soon Kobe Bryant and now its the NBA referees’ turn.
And thanks to a Canadian company the late great Bryant, killed with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash last month, will be on the NBA all-star game court in Chicago. Click here to read more.
The More You Know:
Learn the Rules of the Game
This article was originally published last year before the boy's state basketball tournament. I decided to dig it out of the archives and publish it again this year with the hope I can help make the tournaments a little easier for the referees, you and the people sitting around you. With the help of our in-house expert, Lorin Jensen, I added a few more rules that fans seem to misunderstand.
Follow me on Twitter: @idahosportspaul
"Go back to Foot Locker!"
"It’s a whistle, not a pacifier!"

"Zebra, zebra short and stout, find your head and pull it out!"

"Hey Ref! Your mom called – you suck!"
"If you had one more eye you'd be a cyclops!"

Are you the person in the stands that yells stuff like this? NEWSFLASH: No one likes you.
Click here to read more.
New Ohio Bill would make
Assaulting a Referee a Felony
DAYTON, Ohio (WKRC) - Lashing out at a referee during your child's game may soon become a felony in Ohio.
A referee who claimed a high school player assaulted him will testify Thursday, advocating for the new bill. Click here to read more.
“It’s kind of disappointing that we’ve come to
this’:  Lawmakers discuss bill to increase
penalties for assault against sports officials
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – “It’s a game, and it should be a fun time, a fun event, and it’s kind of disappointing that we’ve come to this,” said referee Keith Kinley.
Kansas sports officials are having to focus on more than just making calls. They are focusing on the abuse of referees and officials. Click here to read more.
What I learned when I was kicked out
of a youth basketball game
I was expelled from a third grade travel basketball game.
You may not be able to pass that sentence without covering your ears at the sound of parents and coaches too enthusiastic that they accelerate gyms in this country every weekend. You could ask me to reevaluate my life and then regret the youth sports culture.
You can do it, but I would ask you to understand the whole story, including the lessons learned later, before making a judgment. Click here to read more.
Windsor referee makes whistle stops
in NBA G League
Teresa is a former IAABO Board 207 member from Windsor, Canada
For someone with a last name that suggests a rather sedentary lifestyle, Teresa Stuck is anything but.
As a rookie referee in the NBA’s G League and an NCAA women’s basketball official, Stuck travels five or six days a week to games in New York, Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and beyond.
“I think I was home three nights total in November or December, I forget which month it was,” said Stuck, a Michigan native who has called Windsor home for the past 15 years.
 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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