IAABO Play of the Week
Click here to view IAABO Play of the Week Number 17 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
Ron Foxcroft, IAABO Life Member
and Board 112, Ontario, Honored
with "Coaches vs. Cancer Champion
as Official of the Year"
Congratulations to Ron Foxcroft, IAABO Life Member and Board 112 Hamilton, Ontario, for being honored with the “Coaches vs Cancer Champion Award as Official of the Year”.  Ron is the first Canadian to be honored with the award.  In response to receiving the award, Ron had the following to say, ““It is not about Ron Foxcroft receiving the award, it is accepted on behalf of the entire Hamilton Board. An honour for our Board and Canada. The American Cancer Society , in partnership with NCAA, IAABO and Fox 40 began the Pink Whistle Campaign in 2007. We have raised $2.2 Million to help research for cancer.  The Hamilton Board has been leaders in Canada to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society for our Pink Whistle Campaign. Some good news for our Board. A big shout out to Donnie Eppley and Tom Lopes for steering this campaign for all IAABO Officials. While we are working hard to fight the Covid-19 crisis, our Board has not forgotten those who have been inflicted with cancer.” (Thanks to Hamilton Board for contributing to this article.)
IAABO Board 112, Hamilton, Ontario,
Member Passes - Jim Lyle, 59 Years
of Officiating Service to IAABO
JJim (center) along with former IAABO Executive Director Tom Lopes (left) and Dennis Herbert, Past President, IAABO, Inc. (right)
Jim was a founding member of the Hamilton Board, serving the basketball community since 1951. As a member of the Ontario Association of Basketball Officials (OABO), he received his 65 Years Service Award and was also honoured with the Basketball Ontario Volunteer Award and the OABO Award of Merit during his career. Jim was also a proud member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, having joined in 1961, and received his 55 Years Service Award from IAABO.
Locally, Jim's legacy will always be remembered and continues on in part as the namesake of the Jim Lyle / Bob Wilmot Dedicated Officials Award, an honour bestowed upon both he and his long-time friend & fellow Hamilton Board member Mr. Bob Wilmot in 1995. Over the years, Jim served on the Hamilton Board executive in multiple capacities, and was presented with the title Executive Emeritus in 2013, the same year that Mr. Lyle became a member of the Hamilton Boards inaugural class of Lifetime Membership Inductees, recognizing “exceptional long-term service that has contributed to the foundation, growth and continued development of the Hamilton Board.”
Jim will always be remembered as a great basketball official, and an even better person.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date. May he rest in peace.  (Thanks to Hamilton Board for contributing to this article.)
IAABO Suffers Loss to Covid 19
Marty Derer, Bd. 34, Camden, New Jersey

Derer remembered for his passion as a
basketball official, being a true gentle giant
Marty Derer was a gym rat.
A Williamstown resident, he loved basketball and seemingly couldn't get enough of it. One game was often not enough to quench his thirst.
"He loved being out there with the kids," longtime friend Tim Attanasi said. "That's what kept him going."
Derer didn't love the game because he could make a jump shot. It became his passion because he loved being a referee.
That passion was taken away Monday and the South Jersey basketball community and his closest friends will be left with a void in their lives that will be difficult to fill.
Click here to read more.
While Some Things Change,
Some Things Stay the Same!
Last week, we took a look back at the 1970-71 IAABO Handbook.  In this edition of Inside the Lines, we look back 60 years inside the 1960-61 IAABO handbook.  Just like today, blocking (screening principles), traveling, the use of proper signals by officials, rebounding, post play, incidental contact, technical fouls, and intentional fouls were areas of concern in the game.  For the first time that year, there was a penalty for failure to occupy the lane spaces adjacent to the end line on a free throw. To throw in a little bit more history, the scanned pages you will see come from an original handbook which belonged to the legendary Paul W. "Frosty" Francis, Jr., who would later go on to become the Executive Director of IAABO.  So, enjoy this look back... inside the 1960-61 IAABO handbook... and discover how things in basketball change, but just how much stays the same. Click here to read more.
 IAABO Committee meetings will be held on April 18, 2020 beginning at 9 a.m. with a welcome from IAABO President Paul Spinelli and Executive Director Felix Addeo.  A special edition of Inside the Lines will be transmitted with links to sign-up for the meetings.  Each meeting will be limited to 500 participants. Click here to view a message from Felix Addeo, Executive Director, IAABO, Inc.
IAABO Good Citizen
John Baumgardner, Bd. 70, Central PA
John volunteering his time officiating a summer league Special Olympics game.
Congratulations to John Baumgardner on being recognized as IAABO’s Good Citizen.  Approximately every 60 day he gets called to donate blood for a baby, who is having open heart surgery at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.  There have been very few instances the last fifteen(15) years, where John is in the area and had “no game”, that night that I do not go to Hershey and donate blood.   By John’s rough “guesstimate”, he has donated 15+ gallons throughout the years.
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.
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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.

The NFHS is currently offering free officiating courses on their website @ NFHSLearn.com. 

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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