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Rules Quizzes
(answers are located at the bottom of the page)
NFHS Edition
1. The basket consists of the ring, flange, braces and net.  True or False?

2. The ball becomes dead immediately when the opponents of the free thrower violate during a free throw attempt.  True or False?

3. A1 attempts a try.  A3 touches the ball while it is on the ring.  The official rules offensive basket interference and disallows the goal.  True or False?

4. The ball is always awarded at the spot nearest the violation for offensive basket interference.  True or False?

5. A1 attempts a try.  The ball is on the ring when B3 touches the net. The official rules basket interference and awards the goal.  True or False?
Men's Collegiate Edition

1. When reporting a foul, do not run through a crowd because players will be behind you and you lose sight of them. T-F

2. When the floor has a logo on the playing court, that logo should not distract from the players’ and the officials’ visibility of the division line or center circle line. T-F

3. A1 has the ball in their back court. A1 throws a pass that strikes their back board and bounces all the way back to A1 in the back court. A1 recovers the ball. The trail official rules a back court violation. T-F.

4. A1 is at the line to shoot “2” free throws. Before the free throw is administered, Team B is granted a time out. Substitute B6 reports to the scorer before the warning that sounds before the end of the time out. The trail official allows B6 into the game. T-F

5. When a player commits his 5th personal foul. The following procedure is correct:

A. The official will notify the Head Coach, start the timer to replace the disqualified player and then notify the player.

B. The official will notify the Head Coach, notify the player and then start the timer to replace the disqualified player.

Women's Collegiate Edition
1. When the officiating crew leave the visual confines of the playing court when the last period is over, the score has been approved and the game is over. T-F

2. A1 and B3 are injured on the same play. Bench personnel from both teams enter the floor to attend the injured players. Team A is granted a time out. When the time out is over A1 and B3 can play immediately. T-F

3. A1 is performing a throw-in, A1 dribbles the ball out of bounds. The trail official rules a throw-in violation. T-F.

4. Wristbands and headbands shall be uniform with each other for the entire team. T-F

5. Court side replay equipment, videotape or television monitoring must be located on a designated court side table ( i.e. , within approximately 3 to 12 feet of the playing court), in order to be used by game officials. T-F

International Edition
1. Excessive, hard contact caused by a player in an effort to play the ball or an opponent is an unsportsmanlike foul. T-F

2. B1 commits an unsportsmanlike foul on A1 in the front court while A1 is holding the ball. A1 will receive “2” free throws and Team A will receive the ball at the throw-in line in their front court. T-F

3. A technical foul on a player shall be charged as a player foul and shall count as a team foul. T-F

4. A technical foul on a coach shall be charged to the coach and shall count as a team foul. T-F

5. A player who is holding a live ball on the playing court is closely guarded when an opponent is in an active legal guarding position at a distance of no more than 1 m. T-F

Press Coverage
Ensuring proper press coverage in a Crew of 2 requires both officials adjusting positions as needed to observe all players and will vary depending on the location of the players and the ball.  The Lead and Trail officials will need to keep moving as the play moves to ensure they have an open look at any possible play scenario.
During the throw-in, the Trail official is responsible for observing the thrower and the on ball defender   while executing the 5-second count.  The new Lead should remain and read to assist the Trail on coverage. The new Lead is primarily responsible for the other eight players on the court.
The Lead’s position will be dictated by position of the players.  The Lead will need to position-adjust in order to have an open look at competitive match-ups on both sides of the court while the ball is in the backcourt.  The new Lead is responsible for out-of-bounds rulings on the sideline opposite the Trail official and should be ready to cover a long pass into the frontcourt.
After the throw-in is completed, the Trail official is responsible for the 10-second backcourt count and in most cases, is responsible for the primary ball handler/defender matchup.  The Trail should remain behind the play to be able to observe any potential screens or defensive traps as the ball advances toward the frontcourt.  The Trail may need to move toward the basketline in order to get an open look on matchups when the ball is on Lead’s side of the court.  The Lead should continue to focus on play in the backcourt until it becomes clear the Trail has play properly covered.  When this occurs, the Lead can begin to move up the court as and focus on the first wave of players enter the frontcourt.
Press coverage should be a part of an effective pregame conference as it will take both officials working together to ensure the court is properly coverage during pressing situations. 
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IAABO and RefQuest have teamed up to provide another great resource to the members of both organizations. IAABO's core mission is "to educate, train, develop, and provide continuous instruction for basketball officials." RefQuest provides new and exciting technology to help reach that goal. 
If you would like to continue to have access to RefQuest, please click the link below and complete the information no later than Friday, November 20, 2020. 
Please note that if you do not respond, you will be removed from the database and will no longer have access to RefQuest.
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College Basketball and COVID-19:
  How will Schools and Conferences
Combat the Coronavirus?
By Mike Waters/
Syracuse, N.Y. – The preparations for the 2020-21 college basketball season have been in the works since the coronavirus brought the 2019-20 season to an end on March 12.
Across the nation, coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners have been developing plans and protocols for how to navigate through a pandemic.
"We have a task force that meets twice a week,'' St. John’s senior deputy athletic director Kathleen Meehan said recently. "We just had our 54th meeting since last April.''
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IAABO Good Citizen
IAABO is proud to recognize Jack Nelson, Board 204, Potomac Valley, Maryland, as an IAABO Good Citizen.  On Wednesday, November 11, 2020,  Jack was driving to town, in the pouring rain, literally, pouring hard. He lives about 9 miles from town. He saw a women walking in the rain so he pulled over and asked if she wanted a ride.  The elderly women mentioned that she was supposed to get a ride from a friend, but the friend did not show up. She asked where Jack where he was going.  He said Cumberland. She said thanks, but I am headed to LaVale (a different direction). Jack said that he could go to LaVale. So she got in, and he took her where she was going. Jack then drove back home to Cumberland. 
While that might be a good deed, Jack’s son did a far better deed. He works at a game store where they Buy, Sell & Trade games. A family down on their luck came in with a small collection of games to trade for cash to buy food. The games had very little value ( $5) so, he took all the money he had in his wallet and gave it to them. He only had $10 as he doesn't carry much cash, but he did what he could do. Jack knows that if his son would have had $50 in his wallet he would have given it to them. IAABO is proud of Jack and his son.
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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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.

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. 
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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
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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.
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Answers to Quizzes
1. True- 1-10-1.
2. False- 9-1- Penalty-2.
3. True- 4-6-1.
4. True- 7-5-2b.
5. True-4-6-1.
Men's Collegiate

1. True- Manual- CCA-2.1- Page- 23.
2. True- 1-3-5.
3. True- 9-12-4.
4. True- 3-6-2b-1.
5. B- 2-8-4.
Women's Collegiate
1. True- 2.4.3
2. True-3.6.3.b, 3.6.3.c, 5.11.8.
3. False- 9.4
4. True- 1.24.3
5. True- 11.1
1. True- Article-37.1.1
2. True- Article-37.2.2.
3. True- Article-36.3.1
4. False- Article-36.3.1.
5. True- Article-27.1.

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