Play of the Week
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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.  

Sportorials Writers Wanted
Dust off your writing skills; IAABO is looking for members to submit articles for publication in SPORTORIALS.  We are specifically looking for rules-based articles and human interest stories involving our members.  If you have the time, we have a dime for your efforts.  Actually, we have several dimes.  In other words, we don’t expect anyone to write for FREE.  Authors who have articles that are printed will be compensated.
Please send your submissions to

The Officials’ vs. Cancer campaign is flexible this year due to the COVID-19.  Boards are encouraged to select a week and have it approved by your state association.  Pink whistles and lanyards are available.  Anyone who makes an online donation in the amount of $25.00 or more will receive a pink whistle and pink whistle pouch. To make a donation, click here.

Rules Quizzes
(Answers are located at the bottom of the page)
NFHS Edition
1. A player is in control of the ball while holding or dribbling a live ball.  True or False?
2. When a dribble is interrupted, the dribbler is not in player control.  True or False?
3. An intentional foul can be a personal foul or a technical foul. True or False?
4. A1’s throw-in goes directly into team A’s basket.  This is a throw-in violation.  True or False?
5. It is possible to have a goaltending violation on a throw-in.  True or False?
Men's Collegiate Edition
1 - Verticality applies to a legal position and also to both the offensive and defensive players. T-F?
2- The player with the ball shall be given more protection or consideration than the defender in the judging of which player, if either, has violated the principle of verticality. T-F?
3- The offensive player must be allowed enough space to:
A) pivot 360 degrees without contact
B) make a normal basketball play
C) pivot 180 degrees without contact
D) All the above
4- The offensive player, whether on the playing court or airborne, shall not “clear out” or cause contact that is not incidental. T-F?
5- The defender may not “belly up” or use the ________ part of the body or arms to cause contact outside his vertical plane or inside the opponent's vertical plane.
6- The defense may not invade the vertical space of the offense and make illegal contact when the offensive player is attempting a _______?
7- A normal basketball play in this context includes _________?
A) Shooting
B) Passing
C) Dribbling
D) Pivoting
E) All the Above
Women's Collegiate Edition

1. The Lead, Center and Trail officials must have the whistle in their mouth when the ball is live during all free throw attempts. T-F
2. A1 is dribbling the ball in their back court. Team A is not in the bonus. B1 blocks A1, the shot clock is at 22 seconds. The shot clock should reset to 30 seconds. T-F
3. The basket shall consist of the following:
a. Ring
b. Braces.
c. Flange.
d. Net.
e. All of the Above.
4. A1 is dribbling the ball in their back court. Team A is not in the bonus. The shot clock is at 23 seconds. B3 holds A3 in the front court. The shot clock should reset to 30 seconds. T-F
5. A1’s try for goal misses the entire ring. The shot clock is at 15 seconds. B3 intentionally “kicks” the ball in Team A’s front court. The shot clock will remain at 15 seconds. T-F


International Edition
1. The head coach may communicate in a courteous manner with the officiating crew during the game to obtain essential information only when the ball is dead and the game clock is stopped. T-F
2. Either the head coach or the first assistant coach, but only one of them at any given time , is permitted to remain standing during the game. T-F
3. On the jump ball, jumper A1 legally taps the ball out of bounds in Team B’s backcourt. Team B will receive the ball at the spot of the violation and the shot clock will reset to 24 seconds. T-F
4. On the jump ball, jumper A1 legally taps the ball out of bounds in Team B’s front court. Team B will receive the ball at the spot of the violation and the shot clock will reset to 14 seconds. T-F
5. The head coach shall designate the free throw shooter of their team in all cases where the free throw shooter is not determined by the rules. T-F

TSSAA reverses decision on cutting referee pay
during Tennessee high school basketball season
By Tom Kreagen
The TSSAA has changed its decision to give basketball referees a $25 pay cut after receiving feedback from high school administrators, executive director Bernard Childress told The Tennessean.
The change in pay will begin this week with three-person crews receiving $105 each.
Childress said previously the staff had reduced pay after receiving requests from coaches. Those requests were to go to two-person crews. However, TSSAA staff had heard from referee assigners and supervisors that a reduction in pay would be received better than trimming to two-person crews.
  Click here to view 
A Look Back at IAABO
By Sam Wilson and J. P. Butler
It’s become tradition for area high school basketball fans.
With every winter comes the annual Cattaraugus County IAABO Holiday Tournament — recently renamed the Joe DeCerbo Memorial Tournament — held at St. Bonaventure‘s Reilly Center, with a few exceptions.
But with New York yet to authorize high school basketball this school year, the IAABO Tournament is one of the latest sports traditions to fall by the wayside due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here to view 
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.
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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.
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- 4-12-1
2. True- 4-12-1.
3. True- 4-19-3.
4. True- 9-2-7.
5. False- 4-22.  
Men's Collegiate
1- True 4-39.1
2- False 4-39.1.j “Shall NOT”
3- B 4-39.1.k
4- True 4-39.1.h
5- Lower 4-39.1.i
6- Normal basketball play 4-39.1.k
7- E 4-39.1.k
Women's Collegiate
1.  True- CCA Manual- Page-64.
2. True-2-11-6-b-5.
3. e- 1-14-1.
4. False- A.R. 48.
5. False- A.R. 51. 
1. True- Article-7.5
2. True- Article-7.6
3. True- Interpretation 12-4.
4. True-Interpretation-12-4.
5. True- Article-7.10
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