Welcome to IAABO Play Book+
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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 to utilize the video to gain a better understanding of the rules(s) and concepts.

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. 

Lead Initial Starting Position (Co2, Co3)
(IAABO Manual pgs. 32 and 152)
This is one of the more important concepts added to the IAABO manual for the 2021-22 season.  Far too often, our Lead officials are not making effective decisions on where to be positioned along the endline in transition.   This usually leaves the crew in less than optimum coverage at the beginning of a possession.  

Many officials always start wide in the “A” position, leading to missed opportunities to rotate to the “ball side” when needed.  Others like to set up in the “B” position, even if the ball is wide toward the sideline.  This often leads to the Lead official having to turn away from the lane area to receive the ball into their PCA.  

This concept applies to both a Crew of2 and Crew 3 and aligns with or “Wide Triangle” and “Boxing in” approach to court coverage.  

To be effective, the Lead should take an initial starting position along the end line based on player and ball location. 

1) When the ball is advancing near the Lead’s sideline, the Lead should be positioned wide at the “A” position. 

2) When the ball is advancing in the middle of the court, the Lead should be positioned between the “A” and “B” positions. 

3) When the ball is advancing on the opposite sideline, the Lead should “cut the corner” and move directly to the “B” position and be ready for possible rotation when the Trail enters the frontcourt.

Obviously if there are engaged competitive match-ups in your PCA that need to be addressed, it is acceptable to get an angle to view that match-up and ignore the ball location until that situation is resolved. 

It is important for officials to understand how to select the proper initial starting position.  Make this floor mechanic a priority in your games this season!  

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. 
Click here to reserve your room now. 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. Team A is awarded an AP throw-in. A1 throws the ball inbounds and B2 intentionally “kicks” the ball. The officials should have the AP Arrow should be turned toward Team B’s basket.  True or False?
2. A1’s dribble is interrupted, A1 steps on the side line without touching the ball. The official rules an out-of-bounds violation.  True or False?
3. A1 attempts a try, B1 has their hand firmly on the ball and A1 returns to the floor with the ball. The official rules a traveling violation.  True or False?
4. A1 jumps vertically to attempt a try when B1 moves forward and contact ensues with A1’s legs as he returns to the floor.  The official rules this to be incidental contact.  True or False?
5. A team must be in control of the ball in their front court for a 3-second violation to be ruled.  True or False

Men's Collegiate Edition
1. Barrettes, beads and bobby pins are not allowed to be worn when participating in the game. T-F
2. All bench personnel, with the exception of the head coach, are required to be seated on the bench while the ball is live except to react spontaneously to an outstanding play and then to immediately return to sitting on the bench. T-F
3. A1 has a designated spot throw-in.  A1 fumbles the ball and leaves the designated throw-in spot. The trail official rules a throw-in violation. T-F
4. During a time out, A1 who is a player, is assessed a Class A technical foul. A Class B technical foul should be charged to the Head Coach of Team A. T-F
5. Team A has an AP throw-in. A2 fouls B2 before the throw-in ends, the AP Arrow should be reversed to Team B. T-F

Women's Collegiate Edition
1. A1 catches the ball on the perimeter. A1 steps with their right foot, then steps with their left foot and passes the ball. The trail official “no calls” the play. T-F
2. When a defender is in a legal guarding position, the defender may move laterally and backwards. T-F
3. A1 is performing a throw-in on the side line in her front court. A1 throws a pass to A3 who catches the ball in her front court and than steps into the back court. The Trail Official “no calls “ the play. T-F
4. The ball becomes live on a free throw when released by the free thrower. T-F
5. A1 dives for a loose ball, gains control of the ball on the floor, and then momentum causes A1 to slide for several feet. The Trail Official rules a traveling violation. T-F

International Edition
1. The offensive player with the ball must be allowed enough space for a normal basketball play within their cylinder. The normal basketball play includes starting a dribble, pivoting, shooting and passing. T-F
2. A1’s try is in flight, B3 and A3 commit a double personal foul. The try is successful. Team B is entitled to run the end line. T-F
3. B3 taunts A3 and is charged with a technical foul. Team A will receive “2” free throws and the ball at the centerline extended opposite the table. T-F
4. A technical foul on a player is a player foul and team foul. T-F
5. A technical foul on a Head Coach is not charged as a team foul. T-F

NBA Referee Tony brown returns to Work
in the Fight against Cancer

Texas News Today - Peter
Tony Brown is usually less excited to be assigned a shift as one of the referees working in the NBA’s replay center.
In other words, until now.
Long-standing NBAref, diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year, will return to work on Monday for the first time in eight months. He was allowed to stay at the Replay Center for two nights after his family, doctors, and league agreed that his treatment was well advanced and could initiate a comeback.
“I didn’t have time to sit down and be like’Why am I’, or” what am I going to do? “Brown said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I felt like I was disappointed if I wasn’t fighting. What would be the example for children if I lay down on this bed and overtook them? With a positive mindset, I had to show that there is nothing in life that I can challenge and overcome. “  Click here to read more.

Youth Sport Officials aren't taking it anymore
Petula Dvorak, The Royal Gazette
They've been sucker-punched, stalked and threatened. On weekends, mobs of adults shriek and bellow at them, questioning their eyesight, intelligence and humanity.
One veteran described "a cauldron of yelling and hysteria". For all the abuse, referees working DC-area youth sports net about $50 a game, job listings show. No wonder they're fleeing.  Click here to read more.

MIAA Mandates Masks for Winter Indoor Athletes,
Coaches, Officials, Staff and Spectators
Executive director Bob Baldwin said that the guidelines for indoor sports will remain the same as the fall, and are consistent with those set by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Click here for more information.  

Referee Shortage could change some Hoops Schedules
CONWAY – Another winter of high school basketball is about to tipoff, and while teams are getting in their final practices or scrimmages, another group – the referees – are gearin up for a busy winter.  Click here to read more.

Referee Shortage
By Eric Stull, Published On:  2021-12-08
Youth sports referees and umpires are quitting at an alarming rate post-pandemic. Pre-pandemic conditions were not exactly a paradise with hostile parents, coaches, and even the youth themselves cursing, threatening, and yelling at the referees. Post-pandemic, the conditions have decayed to a point where most referees believe that it’s just not worth it anymore.  Click here to read the remainder of the article

IAABO Good Citizen
Sharvez Brown IAABO Board #33
As the sun radiates and covers us with warmth every day, Sharvez Brown IAABO Board #33 member, does exactly that for so many that need help.  Sharvez has made many excellent calls on both the high school and college courts representing both IAABO and the NCAA in his decade long career.  But perhaps his best call was “whistled” recently.  Because of his incredible giving heart, he has created a program that he has named, “Good Call.”  The “Good Call” program has given hundreds of winter coats to those very needy individuals that are in desperate need of warm winter clothing.  He has solicited those coats from referees that he works with and many other individuals.  

How did I learn of this kindness, as Sharvez is quite humble? I was traveling to Bard College on December 4, 2021 to work a game with Sharvez.   During that 2-hour drive for my game, as I often do, I listen to an audio book on my phone. On that day the book I was listening to was written by Oprah Winfrey.  The book was titled, “What I Know For Sure.” How ironic, huh?  As we sat pregame, I talked about the book and Oprah stating that with all of her wealth, her greatest gift was the ability to “Keep the giving going.” Sharvez humbly told me of his “Good Call” program.  Dan Dillon (who would work with us that game) and I were so very proud of what Sharvez had created.  Refs giving back to the community during a time of great need.  

In my own life, as many of us have had happen, I had a very challenging time that continues in my life to this day.  The incredible basketball community, led by loyal refs like Sharvez Brown, who I had meet at an officials camp a decade earlier, was ALWAYS there to support me, like so many other basketball refs at all level of our great game.  The strength, loyalty, caring and kindness of the “referee world” is indelibly etched on my heart and soul by wonderful refs like Sharvez Brown.  Sharvez is truly a “Good Citizen.”  Thoughts of what Sharvez does “warms me like the Sun.”

Dr. Edward C. Meier
IAABO Board #33  

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
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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 scheduled for January 24-30, 2022.  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
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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
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. 

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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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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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
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Briggs and Riley Luggage
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Answers to Quizzes
1. False- 6-4-5
2. False-4-15-6.d
3. False- Case Book-4.25.2
4. False- 10-7-1
5. True- 9-7-1
Men's Collegiate
1. True-1-24.1.c
2. True- Appendix- III- Section-I-c.
3. False-A.R. 185.
4. False- 3-1.
5. False- 6-3.2
Women's Collegiate
1. False- 9-5.b.1.
2. True- 10-4.6.e.
3. False- 9-12.4.
4. False-6-1.2.c
5. False- A.R. 260-Ruling (3)
1. True - Art.33.1
2. True - Art. 35.2.Penalty   Int. 35-1, 35-5
3. False -Art. 36.3 Penalty   Int. 36-42, 36-43.
4. True - Art. 36.3.1 Penalty  Art. 41.1.1.
5. True - Art. 36.3.1 Penalty.
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