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 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 condition to handle the requirements of officiating a basketball game and be willing to make a commitment to the sport and Board 31.

Registration for 2022 classes will open on July 1, 2022.

An overview of the process

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

The cost is $250 before the first rules class* and includes classroom/gym costs, rules book, first-year membership dues and IAABO administrative fees.
*No refunds after the first rules class.

Due to limited space in the room, only the first 15 people who register will be allowed to take the classes.

Rules classes prepare candidates for the IAABO written examination, administered annually on the first Monday in November. Led by our interpreter Chuck Elias, an active NCAA men’s official, these classes are an in-depth, enlightening and entertaining dive into the rules of high school basketball, tailored specifically to help you pass the exam and understand the game like never before.

2022 Rules Classes

  1. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7-9 p.m., South End Community Center
  2. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7-9 p.m., South End Community Center
  3. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m., South End Community Center
  4. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m., South End Community Center
  5. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m., South End Community Center
  6. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7-9 p.m., South End Community Center
  7. INTERNATIONAL EXAM: Monday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., South End Community Center
    (This date is mandated by IAABO.)

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 on the court.

2022 Floor Training 

Dates/Times TBA

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

Board 31 member Jim Whipple, of Whip’s Sporting Goods at 509 Page Boulevard in Springfield, also carries general 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. Upon successfully demonstrating an ability to officiate, new applicants are released to work and may receive high school assignments at the sole discretion of the PVIAC Commissioner.

2022 Scrimmages

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