Play of the Week
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Rules Quizzes
(Answers are located at the bottom of the page)
NFHS Edition
1. A1’s dribble is interrupted, A1 pushes B1 going for the ball. The official rules a team control foul. True or False?
2. A1 is dribbling the ball near the end line in the front court when A2 commits a common foul on B3 near the division line. The officials rule this a team control and award Team B the ball near the division line.  True or False?
3. A1, closely guarded in the front court, dribbles the ball for 4 seconds and then catches the ball. The official starts a new closely guarded count. True or False?
4. While A1 is dribbling, B1 bats the ball away. While the ball is loose, there is no team control. True or False?
5. A1 is dribbling in the backcourt and has the ball deflected away by B1. The official continues the 10-second backcourt count. True or False?
Men's Collegiate Edition
1. The timer must have a digital stop watch available. T-F
2. The timer must notify the officiating crew of any timing mistake.
3. On a jump ball, the game clock starts when the ball is legally touched.
4. On a throw-in, the game clock starts when a player other than the thrower-in controls the ball. T-F.
5. On an unsuccessful free throw that will remain in play, the game clock will start when the ball touches the floor.
Women's Collegiate Edition
1. The resumption of play procedure is not in effect to start the 2nd half or an extra period. T-F
2. When is a player disqualified?
3. The home team coach instructs the official scorer to take the official scorebook to their locker room. The home team coach shall be ruled for an indirect technical foul. T-F
4. A1 is dribbling in her front court. B1 knocks the ball off of A1’s leg and the ball goes into the back court. A3 recovers the ball in the back court. The trail official rules this to be a legal play. T-F
5. A1 obtains a rebound inside the lower defensive box and charges into B1 who is in the RA. B1 shall be ruled for blocking because the RA is off on immediate rebounds. T-F

International Edition
1. The basket that is attacked by a team is the opponent's basket. T-F
2. The basket that is defended by a team is its own basket. T-F
3. A1 is wearing a white head band and A2 is wearing a red head band on the playing court. This is not permitted. T-F
4. The centre line is in the back court. T-F
5. A1 loses their contact lens. Team A’s doctor enters the playing court to find A1’s lost contact lens. A1 by rule has received assistance and shall be substituted. T-F

Report: Suyash Mehta set to become
First-ever Indian-origin Referee
to Officiate in the NBA
Suyash Mehta, IAABO Board 12 DC
In the past, he has officiated G League and Summer League games. Last season, the2019-20 campaign, he was named to the NBA's officiating staff for the first time.  He had refereed in 13 games and was one of six to be named under the title of 'non-staff officials'.
Amy Bonner - IAABO Zoom Guest Speaker Becomes
the First Female Basketball Official to Officiate an
Atlantic 10 Basketball Game
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Amy Bonner, a veteran basketball official, became the first woman in to officiate a men’s basketball game in Atlantic 10 history Tuesday night. Bonner is part of the crew working the Dayton-Eastern Illinois non-conference game.
“Amy is a skilled official. I have encouraged Bryan Kersey, our men’s basketball assignor, to invite strong women officials on to our roster, as space becomes available.  Thus it’s great to have Amy working in the A-10 setting a great example for other women -- officiating basketball is officiating basketball regardless of gender!” stated Bernadette V. McGlade, Commissioner.
Bonner has a long career as an official in the WNBA, the NBA’s G-League, NCAA women’s basketball and in international competition as a FIBA official. She has previous experience officiating NCAA men’s basketball games this year in the Big 12 Conference.
The Man in Stripes
Bryan Kersey was inspired by his father, Jess Kersey, an NBA referee.
Story by Phyllis Speidell and Photos by John H. Sheally II
Basketball fans watching a game generally focus on the ball, the players and the coaches rather than the referees.

That, Bryan Kersey says, is the way it should be. Kersey, a Carrollton resident, was regarded as one of the best referees during his 30 years as a Division I basketball official. In March 2016, he moved up to supervisor of men’s basketball officials for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The referees, Kersey said, are there to facilitate the game and to assure it plays out fairly, by the rules, while they remain low profile.

“We already have ugly shirts on,” he joked. “We don’t want to stand out any more.”

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NOTE:  Brian was a member of IAABO Board 125 VA and is currently the Supervisor of Basketball Officials for the Atlantic Coast Conference and heads up and Alliance of Nine Division I basketball conferences.
This isn't Whistling Dixie
Some get too old to keep up with the speed of the game. Some can’t make the time worth their while. Some have too many schedule conflicts. Some get tired of being treated unfairly by fans. Some simply lose interest. For all these reasons and more, the number of high school sports officials continues to decline in north central Idaho
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College Officiating Puzzle Now More Complex
Joe Vaszily, IAABO Board 801 (CBOA/WCBOO) is looking forward to starting his 21st season this week despite the higher level of anxiety because of the virus.
By Doug Feinberg
The Associated Press
Debbie Williamson is used to the challenges of putting together the officiating puzzle.
Whether it’s assigning officials to specific games or figuring out how a referee can make it from one city to the next to call games on consecutive days, Williamson has seen a lot — both at the conference level and as the former NCAA’s women’s basketball national coordinator of officiating.  
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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

IAABO University
"An online basketball officiating certification class"

If your board is participating and has prospective officials that would like to enroll in the course, please have them contact the IAABO Office @
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.

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

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. 
If you have any issues, please send an email to and a member of the RefQuest team will contact you shortly.  
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
Visit – to order your Smitty/IAABO products
Smitty Officials’ Apparel – Smitty is the exclusive vendor for IAABO Logoed products.  Click here to view a listing of preferred retailers.
Click here to purchase Ref Life gear and enjoy Free Shipping - Must use code RefLife when checking out.

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.
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).
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:
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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Answers to Quizzes
1. True-4-19-7, 4-12-2-c
2. True 4-19-7, 7-5-4-a
3. True- 9-10-1-a
4. False- 4-12-3- a-c
5. True- 4-12-3-a-c, 9-8 

Men's Collegiate1. True- 2-10-1.
2. True-2-10-6.
3. True- 5-10-2-b
4. False- 5-10-2-a
5. False-5-10-2-c. 
Women's Collegiate
1. True-A.R. 29.
2. When the Head Coach is notified by an official. 2-11-3.
3. False- A.R.32
4. False- 9-12-4.
5. False- 10-10-15. 
1. True- 1.1.2
2. True-1.1.2.
3. True- Interpretation-4-2.
4. True- 2.2.
5. True- Interpretation-5-4.
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