New Members

IAABO Board 31 is always looking for officials, holding New Applicants classes each fall. If you have ever considered officiating basketball, we urge you to contact us. It is a great way to stay involved with a sport that was invented, literally, in our own backyard.

We welcome men and women who live or work in Hampden County and are 18 years old by Nov. 1 of the examination year. Obviously, you will need to be in good enough physical condition to handle the requirements of officiating a basketball game and be willing to make a commitment to the sport and Board 31.

Check out our recruiting ad that appeared in the MIAA State Finals program and the Becoming a Certified Official in Western Massachusetts pamphlet distributed throughout the West sectional semifinals and finals. We’re serious about seeing you in stripes!

An overview of the process

You will need to register with our secretary, Jeff Rivet, at jeffreyjrivet@hotmail.com. You must submit a completed New Applicant Form, along with your payment, to secure a spot in the training program.

The cost is $150 before the first rules class* and includes classroom/floor costs, rules book, first-year membership dues and IAABO administrative fees.
*No refunds will be given after the first rules class.

2017 Classroom dates

  1. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield – Rm 139, Chorus Room
  2. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield – Rm 139, Chorus Room
  3. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield – Rm 139, Chorus Room
  4. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield – Rm 139, Chorus Room
  5. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield – Rm 139, Chorus Room
  6. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield – Rm 139, Chorus Room
  7. INTERNATIONAL EXAM: Monday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m., Central High School, Springfield
    (This date is mandated by IAABO.)

NOTE: Room 139 is inside Room 140 and should be accessed through the building doors closest to the tennis courts.

If you successfully pass the written exam, the floor exam will follow. Applicants will meet with our training chairman and his staff on four different nights. These volunteers will offer instruction on the proper mechanics of officiating and put what you learned in the classroom into practical application.

2017 Floor Training dates
–  Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield
–  Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield
–  Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield
–  Thursday, Nov. 16, 7-9 p.m., Central High School, Springfield

At this point, you will need to purchase the clothing necessary to officiate games. Official IAABO supplies are available at AllSports East in Enfield, Conn.

Board 31 member Jim Whipple, of Whip’s Sporting Goods at 509 Page Blvd. in Springfield, also carries officiating apparel and equipment. You can contact Jim at his store at 413-739-0069.

After classroom and on-court instruction, new applicants will officiate scrimmages, typically 5th-8th grade boys and girls. After successfully showing an ability to officiate, new applicants are released to work and may receive high school assignments at the sole discretion of the PVIAC Commissioner, pending a background check issued by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

2017 Scrimmage dates
–  Monday, Nov. 27, 5-9 p.m., West Springfield Middle School
–  Tuesday, Nov. 28, 5-9 p.m., West Springfield Middle School
– FLOOR EXAM: Saturday, Dec. 2, Chicopee Comprehensive High School*
*site pending

If this is something that appeals to you, please contact us!