IAABO Spring Meeting 2021
The IAABO Spring Meeting that was scheduled to be held in Lancaster, PA, has been cancelled and the meeting will be held virtually during the week of April 19-25, 2021.  More information pertaining to the schedule of events for the virtual meeting will be forwarded in the near future.

Nominations for IAABO Executive Committee
and Position of Vice-President
Letters of Nomination for the IAABO Executive Committee and the position of Vice-President are due no later than Friday, March 12, 2021.  The Nomination Letters must be submitted to Paul Spinelli, Committee Chair, 2284 Baywood Drive, Vineland, NJ  08361.  The letter may also be emailed to Paul @ topreff@verizon.net.  The regions that are currently open are Region 5, 9, 10 and At Large A and Vice-President.

Notice of Proposed Amendment - IAABO Constitution
The proposed amendment below to the IAABO Constitution has been approved by both the Constitution Committee and the Executive Committee. Pursuant to the notice provisions of Article XI of the Constitution this amendment will be presented to the International Assembly for adoption at the Spring Meeting in April, 2021. 
Art. VIII - Officers
Sec. 7 – Nomination
Presently reads: At least ninety (90) days before each annual meeting, the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of five (5) members of the International Assembly, at least one of whom shall be a Past President and cause to have published in the next issue of Sportorials the names of the committee members. At the next annual meeting these members shall submit a list of nominees for the elective offices. Additional nominations may be made from the floor by any accredited member of the International Assembly. Any member holding an elected office must vacate (resign) his/her present office before accepting another elected office. 
Proposed amendment: At least ninety (90) days before each annual meeting, the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee composed of five (5) delegates to the International Assembly, at least one of whom shall be a Past President, and cause the Nominating Committee roster to be published in the next issue of one of the Association’s publications. At the annual meeting, the Nominating Committee shall report a list of nominees for the elective offices. Additional nominations may be made from the floor by any accredited delegate to the International Assembly. Any member holding an elected office must vacate or otherwise resign his/her present office before accepting another elected office. 
     • To provide for the publication and notice of the Nominating Committee members in recognized publications (i.e.; Inside the Lines) of the Association, in addition to Sportorials.
     • To clean up the existing language.

Delay/Spread Offense Coverage
At times, the offense will spread out their players and attempt to run some time off the clock, which often occurs late in the game or near the end of a period.  When this occurs, it can be challenging for officials to get proper angles to cover the play during perimeter ball movement.
The Lead should be positioned wide toward the sideline, moving up and down the sideline as necessary. The Trail is wide toward the sideline and nearer the division line, moving onto the court and even into the backcourt when necessary. As ball penetrates toward Lead, Trail closes down toward the end line and should wrap back to the initial starting position at the sideline near the 28’ foot mark.

RefQuest is an online platform for high school.  It was developed for basketball officials, by basketball officials. The creation of RefQuest provides a resource for referees to collaborate. This technology has been advanced by the RefQuest visionaries and utilizes world-class programmers who have made the platform user friendly, intuitive and provide unmatched value. 
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 participate, please send an email message to deppley@iaabo.org and include your name, email address and board number. 

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 deppley@iaabo.org

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 screen is a legal action by a player with inbounds status who, without causing contact delays or prevents an opponent from reaching a desired position. True or False?
2. On a team control foul, the ruling official must stop the clock with a closed fist. True or False?
3. A1 is shooting a single bonus free throw. On the first attempt, the ball gets lodged in the ring. How will play resume?
4. A1 jumps to attempt a try in the lane when B1 dislodges the ball out of A1’s hands. A1 is still considered in control of the ball. True or False?
5. During a designated spot throw-in by A1, B1 intentionally kicks the ball near the end line. The ball goes out of bounds on the sideline. Where should be taken out of bounds?

Men's Collegiate Edition

1. The game clock shall time all of the following except:
A. Periods.
B. Halftime Intermission.
C. Time-Outs
2. What are the color restrictions on the manufacturer’s logo on headbands and wristbands:
A. The logo must be the predominant color of the jersey.
B. The logo must be black, white, beige or the predominant color of the jersey.
C. The logo must be black, white, beige or any color contained within the jersey.
D. There is no restriction on the color of the logos.
3. A1 is coming across the lane and catches the ball, lifts their pivot foot and then dribbles. The Center official rules a traveling violation. T-F
4. During the opening jump ball, A1 and B1 go up and both miss the toss on the jump ball. The U-1 rules a re-toss of the jump ball. A6 reports to the scoring table for A5. Is this legal. Yes-No.
5. A1 attempts a try for goal and is fouled by B1. The ball is in the cylinder and B3 knocks the ball away. The foul and the violation shall be penalized. T-F


Women's Collegiate Edition

1. A1 catches the ball in the lower defensive box. A1 turns and charges into B3 who is in the Restricted Area. The Lead official rules an offensive foul on A1. T-F.
2. A1 catches the ball at the top of the key, steps with their left foot and releases their dribble and then lifts their pivot foot. Is this legal. Yes-No.
3. Jumper A1 legally taps the jump ball and jumper B1 catches the jump ball. The following are True Statements:
A. The game clock should have started.
B. The shot clock should not have started.
C. B1 violated on the jump ball.
D. All of the Above.
4. After Team A is granted a time out. A1 yells profanity at the trail official. The trail official rules a player/substitute technical foul on A1. T-F.
5. A5 is shooting their final free throw. A4 who is on the lane goes behind into B4’s spot prior to the release of the free throw. The Center Official rules a free throw violation on A4 and the ball becomes dead immediately. T-F


International Edition
1. In all overtimes the teams shall continue to play towards the same baskets as in the 4th quarter. T-F
2. When the back board is equipped with red lighting around its perimeter, the lighting takes precedence over the game clock signal. T-F
3. The crew chief tosses the ball for the opening jump ball, A1 legally taps the jump ball and B1 yells profanities at A3. The following are True Statements.
A. B1 will be charged with a technical foul.
B. Team A will receive “1” free throw.
C. Once the free thrower shooter from Team A receives the ball for their free throw, the AP Arrow will be pointing towards Team B’s basket.
D. All of the Above.
4. In question 3, if the technical foul occurred in Team B’s back court, the alternating possession throw-in, will be with Team B,  the shot clock would reset to 24 seconds. T-F.
5. In question 3, if the technical foul occurred in Team B’s front court, the alternating possession throw-in, will be with Team B, the shot clock would reset to 14 seconds. T-F.

Basketball Referee Benjy Bluman returns
 after collapsing on court 14 months ago
By James P. McCoy, The Buffalo News
Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame member Benjy Bluman was back on the court officiating a boys’ basketball game Tuesday for the first time in more than a year.
Bluman collapsed to the court and almost died when his heart stopped beating late in the first quarter of a boy's basketball game at Williamsville North on Dec. 28, 2019. Two doctors and two nurses in attendance rushed to the court and revived him during a frantic 15 minutes. They used a defibrillator to shock him three times. Click here to view 
Alex Hall's High School Sports:
COVID-19 fears have kept many officials away

Unionleader.com (New Hampshire) CONTRACTING COVID-19 is always in the back of Mike Frost’s mind. But Frost, a 49-year-old Merrimack resident, has officiated high school hockey for 21 years and he’s not stopping now. “We’re taking a chance as officials by doing the games but we’ve also all volunteered to do that,” Frost said. “But anything you do, anywhere you go, you can catch it anywhere.” When Steve Burrows walked into the Spaulding High gym to referee his first basketball game this season, he noticed two chairs set up in the corner. “That was our changing room,” Burrows said. “That’s when it hit me this was going to be a different year. ”Like players and coaches, this high school basketball and hockey season has been filled with challenges, changes and protocols for officials. Frost, president of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association’s New Hampshire chapter, said referees now have their own pregame preparation. Click here to read more. 

HBCUs are well-represented in NBA games,
holding a referee’s whistle
By Marc J. Spears
The NBA’s lone player from a historically Black college and university (HBCU) is the Portland Trail Blazers’ Robert Covington. However, there is a lot of HBCU representation on the NBA floor every night – it’s among the referees.
The NBA currently has 73 referees for the 2020-21 season, according to the National Basketball Referees Association. Nine of them are African Americans who graduated from HBCUs: Bennie Adams, Courtney Kirkland and CJ Washington from Southern University, Tony Brown from Clark Atlanta, Derrick Collins from Xavier of Louisiana, Sean Corbin from Coppin State, Karl Lane from Philander Smith College, Matt Myers from Hampton University and Tom Washington from Norfolk State. Referees Marc Davis attended Howard and Eric Lewis attended Bethune-Cookman. Click here
to view 
Philly referees have dominated NBA
officiating for decades. Here’s why.

Throughout the NBA's 75-year history, one tradition that has endured is the quantity and quality of referees from the Philadelphia area.

by Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer.com
NBA players and coaches occasionally murmured about the league’s unusually large collection of Philadelphia-area referees, but none as loudly as Red Auerbach, the longtime Boston Celtics coach and executive. “Every league meeting, he’d rant and rave about all the refs from Philly,” said Ed Rush, once the NBA’s supervisor of officials. “We’d say, ‘Red, some of these guys are from Trenton or Western Pennsylvania.’ And he’d say, ‘That doesn’t matter. They went through Philadelphia.’ He was probably the loudest voice in the league and he was always on his soapbox about that. ”That discontent exploded one night following a Celtics loss, when Auerbach, upset by Jake O’Donnell’s officiating, tried to kick down the door to Boston Garden’s referee room. Click here to view 

IAABO Good Citizen
Bill Lenahan, Bd. 194, Shore Board, New Jersey
Shown above is the status of a house when the pandemic lockdown began and the crew was limited to Bill and two Habitat construction supervisors.

IAABO is proud to recognize Bill Lenahan, Bd. 194, Shore Board, New Jersey, who spend 2020 volunteering five days a week with the local Habitat for Humanity Chapter.  During the pandemic, Bill worked with two other Habitat supervisors to construct a two story home for a single mother and her son.  In addition, Bill was part of a team that built eight handicap ramps throughout Monmouth County, New Jersey.  Great job – Bill!
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

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 @ info@iaabo.org
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 @ NFHSLearn.com. 

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 info@refquest.com 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 szazuri@blowyourwhistles.com.
Visit – www.blowyourwhistles.com 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). www.incrediwear.com
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
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- 4-40-1.
2. True- 2-9-1.
3. Play will resume using AP Arrow. 6-4-3-d.
4. False- 4-12-1.
5. At the spot nearest where the violation occurred along the endline. 7-5-2-a.
Men's Collegiate
1. C- 2-10-1, 2-10-8.
2. D- 1-24-1d, 1-24-2, 1-25.
3. True- 9-5-5.
4. Yes- 3-6-1.f, 5-7.1, 6-1.2a, 6-2-7.
5. True- 9-15-2-a-(2), 10-1-1.
Women's Collegiate
1. True-A.R. 307, 308.
2. Yes-9-5-5-b.
3. D- 5-10-2-b, 5-10-3-b, 9-8-1-b.
4. True-10-12–3-a-2.
5. True-9-1-1-e and i.
1. True- Article 9.7.
2. True- Article 9.8.
3. D - Article 12.5.2, Article 36.2.1, 36.3  Interpretation 12-6
4. True- Article 29.2.2  Interpretation 12-6
5. True- Article 29.2.2  Interpretation  12-6
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