IAABO Play of the Week
Click here to view IAABO NFHS Play of the Week Number 19 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.
Click here to view IAABO Women's Collegiate Edition Play of the Week Number 2 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.
Click here to view IAABO Men's Collegiate Edition Play of the Week Number 1 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
IAABO Crew of Two
"Working the Arc"
Officials face many challenges when working in a Crew of 2.  One of the more challenging plays is when the ball moves across the basketline above free throw-line extended.  
To properly cover this play, it will require the Trail official to “work the arc” to maintain an open view of the ball handler and any defender(s) they may encounter in this area.  In some instances this may require the Trail official to move into the backcourt to get a proper angle to observe players.
When the Trail’s focus is on players in this area, it leaves the crew vulnerable to properly observe illegal “off ball” activity in the lane area on the Trail’s side of basketline.  To address this, the Lead official will also need to make an adjustment by expanding their Primary Coverage Area (PCA).  The Lead will expand their focus and field of vision to include the area beyond the free throw lane and below the free throw line extended as far as the 3-point arc.    
This is a situation, if not covered properly by the crew can lead to issues.  This play often leads to some “ball watching” by the Lead who focuses on the ball outside their primary coverage area.  This can leave engaged competitive match-ups uncovered in the lane area which can lead to rough post play.  This should be a discussion that is part of an effective pre-game conference to ensure both officials know their outlined responsibilities as outlined in the IAABO manual. 
IAABO Constitution Chair & NBA G-League Observer
Steven Ellinger, set to Zoom with IAABO

"Stuff They Don't Teach in Rules Clinics"
Steven joined IAABO as a member of Long Island Board 41. He formed Houston Board 205 after moving to Texas. He is a past IAABO Executive Committee member, presenter at several Fall Seminars, clinician at IAABO officials’ schools, and former NCAA Division I and FIBA official. He currently serves as the chair of the IAABO Constitution Committee. 
Steven coordinates a group of video reviewers for the American Athletic, Sun Belt, and Atlantic Sun conferences. He works with the NBA G League in its referee development program and previously worked as an observer for the NBA, WNBA, Big 12, Conference USA, and Southeastern conferences. He also directs a high school basketball referee camp at Rice University – but for the coronavirus pandemic, this would have been the camp’s 29th year.
Steven also works for the U.S. Postal Service mediating employment disputes. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and South Texas College of Law Houston and currently resides in Austin, Texas.

When: June 8, 2020 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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NBA G-League and NCAA Collegiate Basketball Official – Amy Bonner
“Setting and Focusing on YOUR Path”
NCAA Women's official 20+ years: SEC, BIG XII, Big Ten.
Two Final Fours - alternate 2019 and 2020
NCAA Men's official starting in the 2020-2021 season in the Big XII Consortium
FIBA referee 15+ years: 2 World Championships and nominated to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
WNBA: 12 years with 2 Finals including a Game 5 assignment.
NBDL and G League: 2002-2005 and returning in 2019-current
Supervisor of officials for the Heart of America: NAIA conference

When: June 10, 2020 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Charley Harbach, Bd. 7, Litchfield, CT
Honored as Teacher of the Year
WINSTED – The Gilbert School announced this week that its teacher of the year is seventh-grade social studies instructor Charley Harbach.
Katie Wood, a high school English teacher who won the award last year, made the announcement on a video posted on the school’s web site.
Wood said Harbach received “numerous” nominations from staff. She read a few of the comments that his fellow teachers wrote about him: “that he has tremendous rapport with past and current students;” “incredibly well liked by students and faculty”; “very accepting and understanding and goes above and beyond for everyone”; “friendly but still expects students to perform and is always looking for engaging ways to teach;” “always positive and greets people with a hearty handshake.”
Mandatory Zoom Update (action required)
As part of Zoom’s focus on security, on Saturday May 30th, 2020, Zoom will enable GCM encryption across the entire Zoom platform, providing increased protection for meeting data.
Starting May 30, 2020, if you have not updated your Zoom client to version 5.0.0 or later you will be forced to upgrade when attempting to join your meeting as GCM Encryption will be fully enabled across the Zoom platform.  This could result in delays joining your meeting to allow the upgrade to complete.
You may have already been prompted to update either your Zoom client and/or Zoom Outlook plug-in and executed the upgrade.  If you’ve already updated the Zoom client to version 5.0.0 or later, no further action is required.
IAABO Good Citizen
Steve Koltz, Bd. 7, Litchfield, CT
As the COVID 19 issues continue in the New Milford, CT area. One of the food pantries has had to change leadership to continue the program that has been in place for over 15 years. The normal staff are all in the higher risk categories due to age, immunity or respiratory issues or life with folks that fit those. The people and families serviced could not be left without. 
Steve Kolitz, IAABO Board 7 in Connecticut was asked to jump in to keep Our Daily Bread service the 150 families. The team of volunteers from the New Milford United Methodist Church has continued to collect supplies, unload the CT Food Bank truck, prepare bags and distribute to people in drive by fashion for several weeks and will continue as long as needed before turning things back to the regular staff.
The picture above was taken April 30 on a rainy day with Steve in the driveway directing folks to the collection site.
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.
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 Good IAABO 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
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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 Set
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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