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ABOUT Board 53

Who are we


We are a basketball officiating organization dedicated to the education, training, and continuous development of our members. We provide and maintain the highest standard of basketball officiating for the Western New York Region while encouraging the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.


Why we do this


Through your membership in the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. you are a member of the only organization of its kind in the world: a nonprofit service and professional organization managed by and for basketball referees. Founded in 1921, IAABO's stated purposes are;


·        To educate, train, develop, and provide continuous instruction for basketball officials.

·        To promote the welfare of the game of basketball, its players and officials.

·        To maintain the highest standard of basketball officiating.

·        To encourage the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.

·        To have available at all times an adequate number of thoroughly trained and capable officials.

·        To Cooperate with all organizations officially connected with the game of basketball in furthering its interests and ideals.


What we can do for you

Officiating standards are reflected in the IAABO training program. For admission to IAABO membership, applicants must establish a satisfactory record of health and character and successfully complete extensive written and practical instruction, including comprehensive course curricula. Both written and clinical examinations are administered under the supervision of certified IAABO professionals. Unlike some other officials' "associations," it is not possible simply to pay a fee and "join” an organization for which the membership criteria are the ability of potential "members" to contribute to the profits of a business. IAABO officials need to earn their membership by successful completion of training which includes written and practical testing. Once admitted to membership, officials are required to undergo annual testing and attend clinics in rules and mechanics training and technical competence.


IAABO curricula and materials offer a total package for basketball officials, including not only rules and officiating mechanics instruction, but comprehensive materials relating to ethics, professionalism, legal rights and responsibilities of officials, and organization and conduct of officiating chapters (boards) to achieve the goals of a comprehensive officiating program. IAABO's widely acclaimed periodical publication, Sportorials, together with IAABO supplemental outlines enable the trainers to deliver fundamental information and philosophy to basketball officials in important aspects of their officiating such as, official/coach/player relations; handling rough play; advantage/disadvantage; verticality; game management and philosophy; and risk management.

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