IAABO Board 27

Members of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials

Join Us!

 Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a true passion for basketball?
  • When watching college and professional basketball, do you find yourself breaking down referee calls on the court?
  • Do you watch the referees and their calls more than the players when watching games in person?
  • Are you able to watch a game objectively without rooting interests?
  • Are you committed to do whatever it takes to become a high school basketball referee and help make a difference in Massachusetts high school hoops officiating?

If you answered YES to any of these questions - you obviously came here for a reason, and that is to become a proud future member of IAABO Board 27!


In order to register to become a IAABO 27 referee you must live in

Suffolk, Middlesex, or Norfolk County.

To register for our online rules course offering, please do the following:

1.Fill out this google form with your personal contact info.

2.Upon completion of the form, click on the link here to be redirected to the IAABO University website, where you will pay and register for the self-paced online rules course.

3.) After completion of the rules course, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send our New Officials Coordinator an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to notify him of your status and can schedule your on-court mechanics floor test.

We hold floor exams in the months of November and April. You will be contacted approximately one month in advance of the floor exam as to the exact time and place. In the meantime it is your responsibility to study the mechanics section of your handbook to familiarize yourself with the procedures and positioning required.  We do not recommend that you officiate any games until you attend and pass the floor exam. Your certification is not complete until this requirement is fulfilled. Be advised that you are NOT covered for general liability insurance and are putting yourself at risk. In addition, as a member of IAABO board 27 you will be required to fulfill the following requirements:

-Annual Board #27 dues $95.00

-Uniform purchase Smitty Officials Apparel

-Attend one interpretation meeting per year

-Attend two regular members meeting per year

-Referee at Special Olympics in your first year of membership

Register with the MIAA and pass the required background check (Cost $30 + 10 per sport)

4.) After successful completion of your floor exam, (in either April or

November) you will be asked to register on REFSEC, our online tool to track member dues and meeting attendance.

NOTE: You will not be able to take the floor exam or log into REFSEC as a new official during the season.

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