In this Issue
Virtual Fall Seminar
Play of the Week
    a. NFHS – High School
    b. Women's Collegiate
    c. Men's Collegiate
    d. International
Rules Quizzes
Pass and Crash
News Articles
2020 Fall Seminar
The Annual IAABO Fall Seminar, usually held in-person, will be presented virtually this year and is FREE of charge to all basketball officials nationwide, September 24-26, 2020. This is an event that you will not want to miss with many special guest speakers, valuable information and much more. 
To view the speaker lineup, please visit
To register for the Seminar sessions click the links below:
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7 p.m. - Click Here
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. -  Click Here
Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10 a.m. -  Click Here
Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2 p.m. -  Click Here
IAABO Play of the Week
Click here to view the IAABO NFHS Play of the Week. 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 the IAABO Women's Collegiate Edition Play of the Week. 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 the IAABO Men's Collegiate Edition Play of the Week. 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 the FIBA Play of the Week. 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
Rules Quizzes
(answers are located at the bottom of the page}
NFHS Edition
1. While A1’s try is in flight an official inadvertently blows their whistle.  The try is unsuccessful. The game should be resumed using the Alternating Possession arrow.  True or False?
2. While A1’s try is in flight, an official inadvertently blows their whistle. The try is successful. The game should be resumed by awarding the ball to Team B with the ability to move along the end line on the ensuing throw-in. True or False?
3. A player is out of bounds when he/she touches the floor or any object other than player/person, on or outside a boundary. True or False?
4. The ball is out of bounds when it passes over a fan-shaped back board. True or False?
5. The visiting team has the choice of which basket to warm-up on before the game.  True or False?
Men's Collegiate Edition
1. A player is ejected on the following:
A. “2” flagrant 1 personal  fouls.
B. “1” Class A technical foul and  “1” flagrant 1 personal foul.
C. All of the Above.
D. None of the Above:

2. A Head Coach is ejected by committing:
A. “2” Class A Technical  Fouls.
B. “3” Class B Technical Fouls.
C.  A flagrant 2 technical foul.
D. All of the Above.

3. If a disqualified player is not replaced within 15 seconds, the head coach is charged with a delay of game warning. T-F

4. A rectangular back board can be 6X4 or 6X3 1/2. T-F

5. A minimum of 9 balls must be available to each team for pre-game warmup. T-F
Women's Collegiate Edition
1. A defender shall be permitted to hold her hands and arms in front of her face or body for protection in a recoil action rather than a pushing action when taking a “charge”? T-F.

2. A player shall not use their arms to force their way through a screen? T-F.

3. Excessive swinging of the arms and elbows without contacting an opponent is a  player substitute technical foul? T-F.

4. A-1 has the ball on the “block” and B-1 is ruled for holding. Team A is in the bonus. After the foul, A-1 is penalized with an unsportsmanlike foul on B-1. The lead official rules this scenario has fouls of equal gravity and awards no free throws?

5. A-1 is dribbling the ball in her front court. A-1’s dribble is interrupted. A-1 and B-1 are going for the ball, A-1 pushes B-1. The trail official rules a “loose ball foul”. Team B is in the bonus and will shoot “2” free throws? T-F. 

International Edition

1. B1 is dribbling the ball in their front court. Team A has “6” players on the court. The Head Coach of Team A will be charged with a technical foul entered in the score book as B-1. T-F

2. A1 is charged with a technical foul for hanging on the ring with 4:21 in the 1st period. A1 then taunts B3 with 9:45 in the 2nd period. A1 is disqualified from the game. T-F

3. A player is disqualified receiving “1” technical foul and “1” unsportsmanlike foul. T-F

4. B1 fouls A1 on an unsuccessful lay-up. A2 then taunts B2. The following are True statements:
A. Team B will shoot “1” free throw for the technical foul on A2.
B. The game will resume with A1 shooting “2” free throws with all players lined up.
C. All of the Above.
5. With 17 seconds on the shot clock. A1’s “2” point attempt is in flight when B2 pushes A2 going for the rebound. This is Team B’s second foul in the quarter. The try is successful. The following are True statements:
A. The basket counts.
B. Team A will receive the ball at the spot of the infraction.
C. The shot clock will reset to 14 seconds.
D. A& B.
E. A,B,C.
Pass and Crash
The Pass/Crash play can be one of the more challenging plays to cover in a Crew of 2.  This is a popular topic of discussion for pre-game conferences and how to properly cover the play that has produced so many myths and misconceptions amongst officials over the years.

Prior to the 2018-19 season, the IAABO Co-coordinators sought to put an end to the confusion and developed guidelines to standardize how officials should cover this play and added it to the IAABO Manual.
These guidelines use the direction of the passed ball to determine which official will be responsible for the “pass” and which official will be responsible for the “crash” when it occurs in the free throw lane area. 
On the left side of the diagram, the pass is into the Primary Coverage Area (PCA) of the Trail official.  Since the ball is now entering the Trail’s (PCA), the Trail will be responsible for any perimeter activity as a result of the pass.  When this occurs, the Lead will be responsible for ruling on any potential contact in the lane area.
On the right side of the diagram, the pass is toward the sideline and into the PCA of the Lead Official. The Lead will now follow the pass and rule on any related activity.  Since the ball has been passed away from the Trail, the Trail is now responsible for ruling on the contact in the lane area.  At times, this may require the Trail to rule outside their PCA and in front of the Lead official. 
These provisions are intended to simplify the coverage of the play by utilizing the existing Primary Coverage Areas in a Crew of 2.  By clearly assigning which official is responsible for the pass and who is responsible for the potential contact, it is hoped there will be less confusion on coverage and lead to higher ruling accuracy when these plays occur.  It is imperative, that officials discuss these guidelines as a part of an effective pre-game conference and avoid situations where all eyes follow the ball and significant illegal contact is not observed by the game officials. 
A Wave of Post Traumatic Stress may
Await Health Care Workers and First
Responders on the COVID Front Lines
It has been more than a decade since I shared my diary in these pages about my experiences visiting military troops around the world, counseling them about how to handle the trauma they faced daily in the line of duty. Click here to continue.
Electronic Whistles for Youth Sports Coaches,
Referees, Gym Teachers during
COVID-19 Pandemic
More coaches are moving to using electronic whistles during the coronavirus pandemic.
Blowing whistles has been widely banned during the pandemic but coaches, referees, gym teachers and others are still looking for ways to get people’s attention. That’s where the electronic whistle comes in.  Click here to continue
High School Sports Returns
With a Few Changes
Click here to view a video related to the return of Fall sports in Maine
High School Referees Staying Positive
While Waiting Season Decisions
As high school athletes and coaches adjust to new schedules and wait for final decisions on the fate of their seasons, referees are doing the same. Click here to continue.
As Prep Sports Overlap,
Will there be plenty of Officials?
Here are a couple of questions …  If high school sports competition returns in January, will the Sac-Joaquin Section have enough game-day referees and umpires to go around? Click here to continue.
IAABO Good Citizen
Rob Neill
Bd. 21, Western Maine
Rob has been an IAABO member since 2005.  He was running some errands in a retail area on a cold Saturday afternoon when he noticed a homeless individual at a light with a Beagle by his side. Rob didn't have any cash so he decided not to stop. His next stop was to order some pizza for dinner. He called ahead and added a small cheese pizza to his regular order. While waiting, he stopped at a grocery store and picked up a box of dog biscuits. Rob grabbed the pizza and stopped near the intersection. He brought the person the hot pizza and biscuits for the dog. As a final gesture, he gave the homeless gentleman a hug and told him to take care and stay warm. He was surprised and said it had been a long time since he'd had a human hug.  Great job, Rob!
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 @  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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OH currently has sportsmanship banners available for purchase to be displayed at venues; they can be customized with the venue logo. 
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Answers to Quizzes
1. True-6-4-3-f.
2. True-4-36-1.
3. True- Rule-7-1.
4. False- Rule-7-2-b.
5. False- Rule-4-5-2.
Men's Collegiate
1. D- 4-14-2
2. D- 4-14-2.
3. True-4-10-b3, 10-4-2g
4. True-1-10-2-a&b.
5. False- 1-16-10.
Women's Collegiate
1. True- 10-6-3.
2. True- 10-6-4.
3. False-9-13-1.
4. False- A.R. 279.
5. False- A.R. 281.

1.  True-Interpretations-36-6
2. True- Interpretations-36-24
3. True- Interpretations-36-30.
4. C- Interpretation-36-44.
5. E-Interpretations- 29/50/28
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