IAABO Crew of Two
"Trail Staying with Play"
To be successful in the crew of 2 system, it requires both officials to be active and effective with their position adjustments to ensure proper court coverage.  But it also requires for both officials to exhibit teamwork and be prepared to help one another when the situation warrants.  
One such situation is when a ball handler advances the ball into the Lead’s Primary Coverage Area (PCA), when the Lead official is already focused on an engaged competitive match-up in the low post area.  Ordinarily, when the ball advances past the free throw line extended on the opposite sideline, the Trail official would be able to “wrap back” toward their sideline and be in better coverage to observe “off ball” contact in the lane and be ready for rebound coverage.  However, when the Lead has both an “on ball” and “off ball” competitive match within their PCA, The Trail needs to recognize the situation and help out to ensure the play is properly covered.    
In this instance, when the Trail official realizes the Lead cannot immediately accept the ball into their PCA, the Trail should continue to observe the ball handler/defender match-up until the Lead official can turn their attention to that match-up. 
Trail officials are often quick to give up on this dribbler/defender match-up to avoid being called a “ball watcher”.  But in this case, it is a necessary for the Trail to officiate in their Secondary Coverage Area (SCA). 
The Crew of 2 system has many shortcomings when it comes to effectively covering the court.  Officials need to be aware of these shortcomings and properly prepare with a thorough Pre-game conference.  Discussing plays of this type of situation will ensure each member of the crew will need help at certain times during the game.  Having this conversation in pre-game will cultivate the teamwork necessary to successfully officiate a game utilizing a Crew of 2. 
Foul Reporting
(Extracted from Memorandum, April 6, 2020)
Make sure that you clear the players, clear the 3-point arc and have line of sight with the scorer (page 23 of the 2019-20 Mechanics Manual).  Walking to the table from lead is unacceptable, put some zip into your movement to report.
When you call a foul in your primary area, report the foul to the table.  We need to force switches in order to get officials in different positions on the floor.
Pausing at the scene of the foul is critical to the process.  It will help ensure no unsporting behavior happens and allow you to know the number of the fouler.
Former Professional NBA Basketball Referee
Ronnie Nunn
Set to “Zoom with IAABO”
When: June 15, 2020 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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IAABO Board No. 42 Member, Bernard Bowen
“Zooming with IAABO”
He has officiated basketball for over 42 years. He has participated in a number of basketball related events including, but not limited to, NBA Referee Camps, the NBA Pro-Am (New York and Atlanta), and the West 4th Street Pro Classic, Catholic Youth Organization and events at a host of colleges and high schools. Bernard was a member of International Association Approved Basketball Official (IAABO) Board 37 Brooklyn in 1988 and currently with Board 42 Bronx and Manhattan; and a past member Sport United Basketball Official Association (SUBOA) Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan.
Bernard is currently the president and founder of B-Ball Referees, which he founded in 1999.  He is currently head of basketball officials/assignor for the Lawyers / Corporate Basketball League of New York, with which he has been associated for 42 years. He also assigns various other basketball tournaments / events around the New York Tri-State area.   

When: June 17, 2020 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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IAABO Life Member
Henry “Hank” Luzzi Passes
Henry J. “Hank” Luzzi had a wonderful life. He passed away peacefully at his home on June 9, 2020 in the arms of his wife of almost 60 years Claire (Cianelli) Luzzi; he was also surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 24, 1937 to Henry and Florence (Virgulto) Luzzi who predeceased him; he was raised in East Haven, CT and was a 1955 graduate of East Haven High School. He then did a post graduate year at the Hopkins School (1956) before matriculating to the Ohio State University ultimately to graduate from Southern Connecticut State University (1960) with a B.S. in Education. He later earned an M.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Bridgeport (1968). After graduation from college Hank started his career with the East Haven Board of Education as a science teacher at the East Haven Middle School. He spent his entire education career at the middle school where he held the positions of Administrative Assistant, Assistant Principal and then ultimately Principal of the place that was his home away from home from 1960 to 1991. Upon retirement he then served as Mayor of East Haven from 1991 to 1997. Hank is survived by his wife Claire, the love of his life. He was the proud father of: Michael Luzzi of East Haven, CT; Michele (Edward) Muzyka of Cheshire, CT; and Jeffrey (Kristen) Luzzi of Milford, CT.  Hank served his state and community in many areas. One of his great joys was coaching football at East Haven High School alongside the legendary Frank Crisafi for whom he played for during his high school career. In addition to service to his town his love of athletics carried beyond his storied athletic careers at East Haven High School and Southern Connecticut State University. He later umpired and refereed high school and college baseball and basketball. His accolades in this area are numerous, but his commitment to the art of basketball officiating will leave a lasting legacy and there was barely a gym in the northeast that he could walk into without knowing someone. His involvement as President, New Haven District Board Approved Basketball Officials and as the long time Secretary Treasurer, New Haven District Board #10 allowed him to mentor many young basketball officials. His honors were numerous and far reaching. He was elected to the East Haven High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Southern Connecticut University Athletic Hall of Fame, New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame and the Greater New Haven Diamond Club Baseball Hall of Fame
IAABO Good Citizen
Tony Haley, Bd. 117, Metro District, New Hampshire
Tony is recognized as an IAABO Good Citizen for donating his government stimulus check to local charties.  He is a Past President of IAABO, Inc. and continues to give back through his active participation in his local IAABO Board.
Steve Zazuri, owner of Blow Your Whistles located in Monroe, Connecticut, has been selected to be the Preferred Smitty/IAABO Dealer for all New England IAABO Boards.  Steve is currently an active IAABO Board No. 9, Fairfield, CT member.  Both Smitty and IAABO are very excited for Steve to service the New England IAABO membership.  Steve will continue to provide his same outstanding service the IAABO Boards in New York.  He can be reached at (203) 261-3128 or szazuri@blowyourwhistles.com.
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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.
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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 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. 

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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
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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
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