IAABO Play of the Week
Click here to view IAABO's Plays of the Week. After viewing the video please answer a survey to ensure an accurate ruling. The survey link can be found under the video.

Welcome to IAABO Play Book+
It is one of the latest tools developed by IAABO to show the Casebook in a visual format and help officials learn the rules by seeing them applied.
Each of these video clips is standardized so the viewer can have complete control of the information that is presented.  If the viewer wanted to get right to the clip, they should move the cursor to the 9-second mark, watch the play, and figure out the correct ruling. 
For individuals who want to understand the play situation thoroughly, information is provided before the clip is displayed.   
The clip begins with a title page, which outlines the Casebook reference and the play's title.  Most plays are taken directly from the NFHS Casebook; other plays are considered "plus" plays which are scenarios that IAABO created.    
The clip then transitions to the written casebook play. This information will remain on the screen for 3 seconds.  If the viewer chooses to read the play, they can hit the pause button to read the play. 
The following slide that will appear is a "Key Concepts" page which outlines the pertinent rules that apply to the play that will be depicted.
This slide also will stay on the screen for 3 seconds.  And should be paused if the viewer needs more time to read the information. 
Then at the 9-second mark, the video clip will be displayed.  After it is complete, it will be repeated a second time.  The second time through the clip, the play will be highlighted with various video graphics to show the viewer how the key concepts impact the ruling. 
We hope you will enjoy this educational tool, and it enhances your understanding of the rules. 
Please continue to check the "Inside the Lines" for the latest IAABO Play Book+ Play!

Rules Quizzes
(Answers are located at the bottom of the page)
NFHS Edition
1. A-1 and B-1 are injured on the same play, and both teams wish to take a time-out to keep the players in the game.  Team A only has a 30-second time-out remaining.  The duration of the time out will be 60- seconds.  True or False?
2. If the ball is dead and the game clock shows: 0:00, the period has ended even though the horn may not have sounded.  True or False?
3. When the official is ready, and until the ball is tossed, non-jumpers shall not move onto the center restraining circle.  True or False?
4. A-1 attempts a try from behind the 3-point line, the try is short and touches the floor, and the ball enters the basket. A-1 is credited with a 3-point goal.  True or False?
5. A-1 is erroneously awarded a one and one.  After A-1 is successful on both free throws, B-1 passes to B-2 who scores.  Before the ball is at the disposal of Team A along the end line, the error can be corrected.  True or False?
Men's Collegiate Edition
1. There are no restrictions on NCAA, team or conference logos, names or abbreviations on the playing court, provided they do not obscure any of the required lines. T-F
2. A1 throws a pass from his backcourt to the frontcourt. As the pass is in flight, the trail official has an inadvertent whistle. Team A will receive the ball where A1 released the pass. T-F
3. A team that is granted a time out controls the length of the time out. T-F
4. A1 is performing a throw-in, B1 reaches across the plane and knocks the ball out of A1’s hand(s). The trail official rules a Class A Technical Foul on B1. T-F
5. The interrupted game rule should be used where there is a shot clock malfunction. T-F
Women's Collegiate Edition
1. The circumference of the ball shall be within a maximum of 29 inches and a minimum of _______ 1/2 inches.
2. Inappropriate behaviors must not be ignored and must be assessed the proper penalty to avoid further escalation. T-F
3. A1 is dribbling the ball in her backcourt. A3 is impeded in her frontcourt. Team A is not in the bonus. The Shot Clock is at 23 seconds. The Shot Clock shall remain at 23 seconds. T-F
4. In question 3, where is the ball put into play.
5. If a field goal is in flight towards the basket, the period ends when the goal is made, missed, or touched by the offensive player. T-F 

International Edition

1. A closely guarded violation can only occur in the frontcourt. T-F
2. A closely guarded violation can occur when a player is holding the ball, or dribbling the ball for “5” seconds in their frontcourt. T-F
3. A defender is in legal guarding position of their opponent when they are within 2 meters for a closely guarded violation to occur.  T-F
4. A team cannot be in continuous control of the ball in their backcourt for 10 seconds. T-F
5. A1 is dribbling the ball in their backcourt when B3 knocks the ball out of bounds. Team A will not get a new “8” second count. T-F

IAABO The First 100 Years
As IAABO celebrates its 100th Anniversary, we research the archives and present the first of many retrospectives.
The Roaring 20’s and 30”s
Through the efforts of Harry Burdick and Tom Wachenfeld, a board was functioning in Montclair, NJ.  Dave Walsh, who later became Executive Secretary of NAABO and Fran Corrigan were also key members.
On February 6, 1921, a group of Connecticut officials met at the Hotel Garde in Hartford and formed the Connecticut Board of Approved Basketball Officials.  The leaders of this group were John Kelleher and Leonard Nixon.
On May 6, 1921, the first meeting of the Chartered Boards was held at the hotel Astor in New York City.  The goal at this time was to have a state board in every state.
The plan of granting charters to local and district boards of approved basketball officials met with instant approval.
Philip Lewis presented a plan to the National Committee for the organization of the Pennsylvania State Board, the first State Board to organize.  The Eastern, Central and Western Districts were the first members.
Oswald Tower, Editor of the Guide on Rules was designated as the official Rules Interpreter by the Joint Basketball Committee.
The Connecticut State Board of Approved Basketball Officials, consisting of Central, Fairfield, New Haven and Eastern Districts was organized.
The Joint Basketball Committee on Rules voted to invite two representatives of Chartered Boards of Officials to as  members.  Herbert C. Reynolds of Chicago and Dan B. Dougherty of Pittsburgh were selected.
The registering of officials and granting of board charters was handled by the Officials’ Committee, a sub-committee of the Joint Committee.  Originally, officials were approved by the Joint Committee and upon payment of $1.00 were given a copy of the rules and an arm band.
The first Canadian Board is formed in Quebec.  The exam fee is increased from $1.00 to $3.00 with a $1.00 refund to those who did not pass.  There are now 65 boards with 2,653 members.
The Officials’ Committee is empowered by the Joint Committee to handle its own finances.
The ten-second backcourt rule and the three-second rule are now part of the game of basketball
On April 6, 1935, the National Association of Approved Basketball Officials was organized with Edward Kelleher of Massachusetts elected President.  There are now 80 boards with 2,810 officials.
The second annual meeting of NAABO was held on April 3, 1936 in the Hotel McAlpin in New York City.  Edward Kelleher of MA was reelected President along with the following slate:
Valentine Lenz of MD as Vice-President
John Brown, Jr. of NY as Executive Secretary
Thomas Wachenfeld of NJ as Recording Secretary
Those elected to the Executive Committee were:
James E. Coogan, CT                                           
Dr. C.M. Eyler, TN
William Forbes, Canal Zone
Orrel Mitchell, DC
K.B. Rowley, RI
H.H. Sampson, ME
Dr. C.P. Schott, WV
Joseph Tobin, NY
The use of rating forms for officials is considered.  $200.00 was reserved for Visual Education in the form of film.  Dr. John Brown was made a Life Member with permanent official delegate status

Team Control Foul Procedure
(IAABO Manual pages 100 and 233)
In May, the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) announced they would eliminate the use of the team control signal.  (Figure 1)  Their rationale was that it is redundant to have two different signals to communicate a foul was committed by a member of the team in control of the ball. Beginning next season, they have taken the signal that was traditionally the player control signal (Fig. 2) and will use this signal for both player and team control foul.  
In an attempt to keep things consistent for officials, IAABO decided to follow suit and have eliminated the signal from the IAABO manual.   In addition, IAABO has revised the foul procedures to clarify the exact signal sequence when a team control foul occurs. 
In years past, when a team control foul occurred the official would need to display a preliminary signal (blocking, pushing, holding, etc.) before displaying the team control signal.   This step is no longer required.
This season, the signal sequence for ruling a player or team control foul will be the same as follows:

A. At the site of the foul:
1. Stop the clock with foul signal, use optional “birddog” signal if necessary.
2. Verbally announce color of jersey and player’s number.
3. Display the player/team control foul signal.
4. Signal the direction of the team receiving the ball for the ensuing throw-in.
5. Indicate the throw-in spot.
B. At the reporting area:
1. Verbalize the color of the jersey and the number of the player who fouled.
2. Display the player/team control foul signal.
3. Indicate the throw-in spot.

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.

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.
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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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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. 
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Answers to Quizzes
1. True - 5-8-8
2. False -5-6-2
3. True - 6-3-2-a
4. False - 5-2-1
5. True -2-10-2.
Men's Collegiate

1. True-1-17-4.
2. True- 4-28-1-a.
3. True- 5-14-14.
4. False- 10-4-1-i
5. False-1-19-3.
Women's Collegiate
1. 28 1/2, 1-16-8.
2. True-CCA Manual-2.5-J-Heightened Awareness- Terminology.
3. True- A.R. 48. 
4. Nearest 28 foot mark or the nearest lower defensive box mark. 7-3-2-a.
5. False- 5-1-12.
1. False - Article-27.1
2. False - Article-27.1
3. False - Article-27.1
4. True - Article-28.1.1
5. True - Article-28.1.3, Interpretations 28-10
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