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This video was developed by IAABO to show the Casebook in a visual format and help officials learn the rules by seeing them applied. You, the viewer, can decide how best to enjoy the video.

For individuals who want to understand the play situation, the clip contains a title page, casebook page, and a "Key Concepts" page that outlines each play situation and the pertinent rules that apply.  Each of these pages will stay on the screen for 3 seconds.  The viewer can "pause" the video on any of these pages to allow the necessary time to read the information.   

If the viewer wishes to go directly to the video clip, simply move your cursor to the 9-second mark of the clip and watch the play.  See if you can determine the correct ruling.  The clip will play a second time.  This time, the clip will provide a “Play Analysis” and outline the correct ruling and key concepts that apply.    

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. 

Pass/Crash Coverage (Crew of 3)
(IAABO Manual pg. 162)
The direction of the pass dictates coverage on pass/crash plays in the free throw lane area.

On the left side of the diagram, the pass is toward the Center official.  In this case, the Center is responsible for the pass and any perimeter activity.  The Lead then would be responsible for ruling on the potential contact in the free throw lane area.  The Trail can also assist with ruling on this contact if they are in the best position to have an open look at the play.

On the right, the pass is in the direction of the Trail official; therefore, the Trail is responsible for the pass and related perimeter activity. The Center is responsible for ruling on the potential contact in the lane area.

Mark Your Calendars

The IAABO Spring Meeting will be held April 6 – 10, 2022 at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront located at 6600 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland. 
We look forward to seeing you there.  More information coming soon.

Rules Quizzes
(Answers are located at the bottom of the page)
NFHS Edition
1. The Referee shall designate the official scorebook and official scorer prior to the scheduled starting time of the game.  True or False?
2. When a team delays the start of either half by a minute by not being ready, a technical foul charged to the Head Coach.  True or False?
3. The penalty for wearing jewelry is a technical foul charged to the player.  True or False?
4. Medical alert medals are not considered jewelry.  True or False?
5. The game shall be forfeited when there is no authorized school personnel available to supervise the team.  True or False? 
Men's Collegiate Edition
1. The shot clock should be used to administer the 10 second back court count. T-F
2. What is the Exception to Question # 1.
3. A1 is driving to the basket and “beats” B1. B2 sets up in a legal guarding position and A1 “runs over B2. B2 is outside of the RA. The Lead Official rules a player control foul. T-F
4. Until the official’s jurisdiction ends an official may: 
A. Call a technical foul.
B. Correct a Correctable Error.
C. Correct a Bookkeeping Mistake made by the Official Scorer.
D. All of the Above.
5. A team’s front court consists of: 
A. The team’s basket.
B. Inbounds part of the team’s basket.
C. Division Line.
D. A & B.
E. A,B &C.
Women's Collegiate Edition
1. When a player with the ball curls towards an official-that official shall make the necessary call. T-F
2. Contact that does not hinder the opponent from participating in normal defensive or offensive movements shall be considered incidental. T-F
3. Is it permitted for the shot clock to display tenths of a second. Yes-No
4. A1 attempts a try which strikes the ring and is unsuccessful. B3 intentionally kicks the ball. The Shot Clock will reset to 30 seconds. T-F
5. A shot clock try for field goal is defined as the ball having left the shooter’s hand(s) before the sounding of the shot clock horn and then striking the ring or flange, or entering the basket. T-F 
International Edition
1. The Crew Chief tosses the ball for the opening jump ball. Non jumper A2 violates by entering the center circle from their front court before the ball has been tapped. Team B is awarded a back court throw-in with the shot clock at 24 seconds. T-F
2. The Crew Chief tosses the ball for the opening jump ball. Non jumper A2 violates by entering the center circle from their back court before the ball has been tapped. Team B is awarded a front court throw-in with the shot clock at 14 seconds. T-F
3. The principle of verticality (cylinder principle) does not apply to post play. T-F
4. A personal foul is a player’s illegal contact with an opponent, only when the ball is live. T-F
5. A double foul is a situation in which two opponents commit personal or unsportsmanlike/disqualifying fouls on each other at approximately the same time. T-F

Why Do I Officiate?
Thomas Hanbach, IAABO Bd. 50, NY

This is a question that most officials have asked themselves at some point in their careers. Whether you are new to officiating, in the middle of your career, or towards the end of your career.

The answer to the question should be simple: “The LOVE and PASSION for the GAME. “  Without this, you will genuinely have a hard time succeeding.

Whether you are an NBA, Collegiate, High School, Rec League, or Summer League Official, you have to have a “Passion for the Game.”  This avocation is a paid hobby for most, not a profession, so you need to find joy in the officiating experience itself.   You are contributing to the educational development of student-athletes.  Because of your service to the game, these kids get a chance to compete and benefit from the life lessons this great game has to offer.    We officials often have to remind ourselves of this at times, especially when we encounter situations where we are criticized. 

If you do not have a “Passion” for officiating and the contribution you are making for the benefit of others, it will be a challenge for you to have a long career.  If you are not motivated to officiate because you love the game, will you be motivated to maintain your professional appearance and stay fit to keep pace with play.  Will you be motivated to use proper floor mechanics, signals and apply the rules accurately? 

We all need to do our best to call a fair and honest game, no matter what level we are working.  If you have the proper mindset, the officiating experience will be enjoyable and rewarding.

 When you ask yourself, “Why Do I Officiate? “ Remember, the answer should be for the “LOVE and PASSION for the GAME. “

Good Luck!  Enjoy officiating and have a successful season.

IAABO Good Citzen
Paul Mullaney, Bd. 54, Plymouth, MA
For the third year I participated in the Pan Mass Challenge on August 8.  This is a bicycling event that has many route variations. The 192 mile two day jaunt from Sturbridge, MA to the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown (2019) to a virtual route of your own choosing (2020). This year a 100 mile one day trek beginning and ending at Babson College in Wellesley, MA with my daughter Kristen.  
The important part is the money raising activity.  Every penny raised goes to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston to, "Find a Cure." 
The PMC has raised $767 Million since inception in 1980.  I am proud to have raised almost $35,000 over the past three years.

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

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

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.  
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Answers to Quizzes
1. True-2-4-3. 
2. False-10-2-1a. 
3. False- 3-5-7.
4. True- 3-5-7.
5. True- 5-4-1, 5-4-2.
Men's Collegiate
1. True-2-5.9
2. Use a visible 10 second count when there is no shot clock visible. 2-5.9 
3. True- 4-17.4.a-d.
4. D- A.R. 14, 2-4.3.
5. D- 9-12.1
Women's Collegiate
1. True-CCA-1.1.3
2. True- 10-2.3
3. Yes- A.R. 5.
4. False-A.R. 54-(4). 
5. True-9-11.2
1. True - Article 12.2.8, 29.2.2  Interpretation-12-15
2. True - Article 12.2.8, 29.2.2  Interpretation-12-15 
3. False- Article-33.12
4. False- Article-34.1.1
5. True- Article-35.1.1  Interpretation 35-1
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