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 determine 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 affects the ruling. 
We hope you will enjoy this educational tool, and it enhances your understanding of the rules. 

To see more plays like this, log onto the “Members Area” on the IAABO website at https://www.iaabo.org  and you will have access to the entire Video Playbook database.    

Wide Triangle
(IAABO Manual p. 150)
One of the concepts added to the IAABO manual for the 2021-22 season, is that of the “Wide Triangle.”

The wide triangle outlines optimum court coverage and positioning for the crew. The Lead is wide toward the sideline with depth off the end line. The Center and Trail are positioned at the sideline in their respective initial starting positions. The location of the ball and players will dictate position adjustments.

Officials must be aware of the location of the ball, players and officiating partners maintaining a wide triangle whenever possible.  (p. 140, 12.a) Perimeter ball movement and player location may require the officials to make position-adjustments away from these optimum positions on the floor at times.  This graphic should serve as a reminder for officials as the the goal of the crew on each possession during the game.

Rules Quizzes
(Answers are located at the bottom of the page)
NFHS Edition
1. During a throw-in by A1, B1 reaches across the boundary plane and dislodges the ball.  The official rules a technical foul on B1 for delay of game.  True or False?
2. The Team A head coach informs the official that he/she should “take a good look at this gym because they will never be back to officiate here ever again!”  The official should ignore the comment.   True or False?
3. Which of the following would lead to disqualification to the offender:
A. Flagrant Personal Foul.
B. Flagrant Technical Foul.
C. Two direct Technical Fouls charged to the head coach.
D. Three indirect Technical Fouls charged to the head coach.
E. All of the Above.
4. It is legal for B1 to hold their hand(s) and arm(s) in front of their face or body for protection to absorb the force from imminent contact by an opponent.
5. A player becomes a ball handler when they receive the ball.  True or False?
Men's Collegiate Edition
1. The Location of the Lead Official determines the strong side. T-F
2. If a player has an illegal number and enters the game, it is also a Class A technical foul charged to the Head Coach. T-F
3. A player shall not use his hands on an opponent in any way that inhibits the freedom of movement of an opponent or acts as an aid to a player starting or stopping. T-F
4. The weak side is the side opposite of the Lead. T-F
5. A1 attempts a try that is unsuccessful. A3 obtains the rebound. The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds. T-F
Women's Collegiate Edition
1. Providing information to a crew member so they can make the correct call is known as a:
A. Help Call.
B. Fill.
C. Lock Down.
2. A head coach is ejected if they commit:
A. Disqualifying Foul.
B. Committing 3 Indirect Technical Fouls.
C. Committing 2 Indirect Technical Fouls.
D. All of the Above.
3. If a player enters the game with an illegal uniform, it’s an indirect technical foul to the Head Coach. T-F
4. If a player participates after being disqualified, that player shall be charged with a disqualifying foul. T-F
5. The starting position for the Trail official is at the 28 foot line, one to steps off the side line. T-F

International Edition

1. The trail official stops play because A3 is injured. A2 was dribbling the ball in their back court. Team A will receive a new “8” second count. T-F
2. The trail official rules a technical foul on A5 for taunting B5 while A1 is dribbling the ball in their back court. Team A will not receive a new “8” second count. T-F
3. If ball is dead and the game clock shows :0:00, the period has ended even though the horn may not have sounded. T-F
4. B1  fouls A1 . This is the fourth team B foul in the quarter. A1 is erroneously awarded “2” free throws. After the successful last free throw, the game continues . B2 on the playing court , dribbles and scores. The error is discovered before the ball is at Team A’s disposal for the throw-in from the end line. Are A1’s free throws canceled. Yes-No
5. The Crew Chief tosses the ball for the opening jump ball. Before the ball reaches its highest point, jumper A1 touches the ball. This is a jump ball violation by A1. Team B will be awarded the ball in their front court and the shot clock will reset to 14 seconds. T-F

IAABO The First 100 Years
As IAABO celebrates its 100th Anniversary, we researched the archives and present the second retrospective.
A war ends, the birth of baby boomers and another war begins: The 40’s, 50’s and 60”s
There are now 3,692 members of NAABO.  Negotiations started for printing of Official’s Handbook.  $300 approved for permanent plaque or award to be installed in the Naismith Memorial, Springfield, MA.
The second Canadian NAABO Board was formed in Saskatchewan.  A $300 and $500 war bond were purchased.  There are now 85 boards with 3,506 members.
Due to the war, there were no NAABO annual meetings and the officers were held over.
NAABO annual meetings were resumed at the Sloan House in New York City with 47 in attendance.  This meeting was held on March 30, 1946 and the officers were President, James E. Coogan of CT, VP, Orrell Mitchell of Washington, DC, 2nd VP, B.E. Emery of PA, and Executive Secretary, Dr. John Brown, Jr. of NY.
The Executive Secretary was authorized to present a $300 War Bond to Springfield College for the Naismith Memorial in the new field house.  A $250 Honorarium was presented to Oswald Tower, Editor of the Rules for preparing the written True or False test.  The passing grade was to be 35 correct answers out of 40 questions.  The delegates at the annual meeting voted to make all Past Presidents Honorary Life Members of NAABO.
The Manual of Officiating is included in the NAABO Handbook.
David Walsh is elected Executive Secretary of NAABO to succeed Dr. John Brown, who retired.  Lt. Col. William Pelton was named Chairman of the Uniform Committee to research the possibility of a NAABO uniform.
Stewart Paxton becomes Director of Public Relations for NAABO.
NAABO adopts an official shirt, gray body with navy collar and cuffs.  Later a knit shirt with a gray body, navy collar, cuffs and a waistband were adopted.  In the early stages, officials wore a black and white striped shirt with white knickers and black socks and shoes.
With John Fitzgerald of NH as President, the National Association of Approved Basketball Officials changes its name to the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.  The change was made because of the number of foreign boards and the number of members who were in the American Armed Forces serving throughout the world.
Stewart Paxton becomes a full-time employee as he is elected Executive Secretary of IAABO.  J. Dallas Shirley becomes Public Relations Director.
Oswald Tower retires as Editor of the Rules and Official Interpreter after serving for thirty-five years.  John Bunn is named to succeed Oswald Tower.
On September 25, 1961, President Charles Koharian, Tony Pianowski, Stewart Paxton and Roger Sheridan represent IAABO in a meeting in Chicago with Cliff Fagan, Executive Secretary of the National High School Federation to generate cooperation between IAABO and the Federation to eliminate any possible friction and to acquaint Mr. Fagan with some of the current issues relating to High School Associations.  President Koharian reported that the meeting was successful.  Frank McGuire, Past President of IAABO passed away.  Springfield College dedicated the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Kitch McPhearson of South Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is the first Canadian to be elected to the IAABO Executive Committee.  John Brown changes meetings to Sundays.
United States Marines land on the beaches of South Viet Nam as the first American combat troops to enter the war.
Roger Sheridan of VT, Charles Koharian of ME, Richard Roberts, MA, John Clark of NH, and Donald Lomme of CT met in Boston in March to organized the New England Hospitality Room.  On April 15, the first Hospitality Room was opened at the Windsor Room of the Hotel Piccadilly in New York.  The feature was a barrel of lobsters from the state of Maine.
Of the 18,000 responses to the Rules Committee questionnaire, 15,000 people expressed satisfaction with the rules and recommended no changes.  John Bunn retires as NCAA Rules Editor.  The Fall meeting of IAABO was held on September 14-16 in the city of the IAABO headquarters, Hagerstown, MD.  This was the first IAABO meeting held outside of New York City.  IAABO member, Ed Steitz, succeeds John Bunn as NCAA Rules Editor.
On October 2, the structure and accomplishments were entered into the Congressional Record by the Honorable Charles Mathias, Representative from Maryland.
President Donald Lomme and Executive Director, Stewart Paxton of IAABO attended a two-day meeting of a FIBA Panel at the Olympic House, New York City.  The result of the hearing was the formation of the United States International FIBA Board with Ben Carnivale the New York University Athletic Director as Associate General and M.K. Summers as Honorary Secretary.  Diane Hayden of New Brunswick, Canada is the first woman member of IAABO.

It's Time to Call Him Jack Barclay, Hall of Famer
Mike DiMauro, The Day, New London, Conn.
It was the great Mac Davis who sang, "Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble, when you're perfect in every way." Kind of feeling that way today about our corner of the world.
Turns out our modest acreage isn't just producing an extraordinary number of professional athletes. We have referees in The Show, too, notably Matt Boland and Josh Tiven in the NBA. And now one of the men who helped mentor both of them can call himself a Hall of Famer. Click here to read more.

Westfield’s Joe Vaszily Gears Up for
Another Season as NCAA Referee
WESTFIELD, NJ — For Westfield resident and long-time Division I women’s college basketball referee Joe Vaszily, this last COVID-challenged season was far different from any he had experienced before. What did remain the same was that Vaszily was selected to officiate his eighth consecutive NCAA Final Four.
The season-long pandemic protocols, which included Vaszily being tested 109 days in a row (all negative) from mid-December through early April, concluded with the women’s NCAA tournament held exclusively in a “contained bubble” in San Antonio, Texas.
Despite all the obstacles, the year ended with Stanford defeating Arizona, 54-53, in one of the best title games in recent years. Click here to read more.

High school sports recovering from pandemic
only to face worsening referee shortage

Angry spectators, costs and aging out are all causes

Abigail Rubel
High school sports, already playing pandemic-contorted seasons, are facing an increasing shortage of people to officiate their games. And it's being felt locally.
“We’re really heading in a dangerous direction if we want to keep high school sports being played,” said Mike Pereira, a former NFL official and current Fox rules analyst, who founded Battlefields to Ballfields to address the shortage by helping veterans become officials. Click here to read more.

Hijab-wearing basketball referee out
to blaze trail at Tokyo Olympics
For Sarah Gamal, the significance of being the first hijab-wearing basketball referee to take part in the Olympic Games goes well beyond the court.
The Egyptian referee and 3-on-3 basketball will both make their Olympic debuts in Tokyo next week after the International Olympic Committee approved the addition of the fast-paced version of the popular sport four years ago. Click here to read more.

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.
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- 10-4-10
2. False-10-5-1a
3. E- 4-14-1-a, 10-5-Penalty, 10-6-Penalty
4. True-10-7-3
5. True-10-7-12
Men's Collegiate
1. True-CCA Manual-6.2
2. False- 10-2-3-b.
3. True- 10-1-3 and 4- a-d.
4. True-CCA Manual-6.2
5. True- 2-11-6-d-1.
Women's Collegiate
1. A-2.5. Terminology-K.
2. D-10-12-4-Penalty-Ejection, 10-14.
3. False- 10-2-c-2.
4. True- 10-14-1-a-(2).
5. True-CCA Manual-Terminology-2.5.L-1
1. False - Article 28.1.3.
2. True - Article 28.1.3 Interpretation 36-44
3. False - Article 9.8
4. Yes - Article 44.3.1  Interpretation 44-2-1-a.
5. True - Article 29.2.1 Interpretation 12-14
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