One Rule One InterpreationIAABO BOARD 20

Last Updated: November 6, 2016

Active “Non-Working” membership:

Active members who do not officiate will be exempt from the ratings system in any season they do not work games. When non-working members return in a subsequent season they will be placed in the rating system at the level (1 to 5) they were when they left the rating system.

Ratings Calculation: (1-2 missed seasons) After completing the season the member will be ranked according to a 2 year average rating based on the current completed season and the prior season the individual worked before becoming non-active.

Ratings Calculation: (more than 2 missed seasons) After completing the season the member will be ranked according to the rating achieved in the year the individual returns to the rating system and not averaged with a prior season.

Blackball Policy:

Schools may block up to 2 officials each season from their varsity and/or sub-varsity contests through the Arbiter Assigning system before October 31 each season.

Removing an official from an Assigned Game:

A school may request an official be removed from an assigned game. Each request will be reviewed by the Board #20 Vice-President. In the event that a request is honored, the limitation will stay in effect for no more than two consecutive basketball seasons. If the original requesting party (Coach, AD, etc.) is no longer affiliated with that school, the restriction will no longer remain in effect.

Background Check Policy:

  1. In order for an official to work any games assigned by the IAABO Board 20 assignors, they must have on file with the IAABO Board 20 Interpreter, a current and valid State of Maine Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) form indicating the Maine Department of Education’s approval to serve in Maine Schools.
  2. New Prospective Officials and new members who transfer in from other boards after October 1 are allowed to officiate once they have shown proof they have applied for their Maine Criminal History Records Check (CHRC). They will have up to one year to complete the CHRC process and submit the certificate to the Interpreter.

College Assignments:

College officials may turn back game assignments to accept college assignments except on the fifteen busiest play dates as posted on the assignment website. These dates shall be posted on arbiter by the assignor by September 15.

Officials will not be removed from pending, published or accepted assignments on these dates; nor may these assignments be declined to accept a college assignment.

The official may block as many of these fifteen dates with either Board #20 or his/her college assigners as he/she wishes. For all other dates, the previous board policy remains in effect; officials will be released from Board 20 high school assignments to accept college assignments.

Failure to follow this policy will be subject to disciplinary action by the Executive Committee.

Council Policy:

Five (5) members of the Central Maine Board shall serve on the State Council. These five shall come from the Executive Committee or appointed by the Board President.

IAABO #20 recognizes the value of the State Basketball Council and its history to promote basketball officiating in Maine.

Any initiatives voted on and approved by the Council that impact Board #20 finances and or meeting dates and times will need to be approved by a majority vote of the membership.

Exhibition Game Policy:

Officials who accept games from November 1- March 15, from anyone other than the Board 20 assignor, shall be paid at the negotiated MPA rate for that level of game (unless the game(s) are a part of board sponsored educational program). Officials may not agree to work for a reduced rate. It is permissible for an official to donate their fee to the sponsoring organization after the game. Only one mileage will be paid in games using a three person crew during this same time period.

Ejection Procedure:

If there is an ejection during a middle or high school game assigned by Board #20 of a team member, coach, or school official it should be noted at the game site in the official scorebook. If it is a player, the official should make a note of the player’s name and jersey number. The ruling official shall also contact the Board Interpreter ASAP after the game. The Interpreter shall be responsible for communicating ejection to AD of the impacted school. The ruling official shall fill out an ejection report using the online technical form found at after the game (even if the ejection is not a result of a technical foul). If the Board Interpreter is not available the ruling official shall contact the Board Secretary (by early next day).

Executive Committee:

In order to be on the ballot for an Executive Committee position, a member of IAABO #20 must submit their intentions to run in writing to the Board Secretary no later than February 1. The positions and the years they are up for elections are as follows:

Elected in even years: President, Interpreter, Member-at-Large (Recruiter of Officials)

Elected in odd years: Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Member-at-Large, Commission Representative

Not Elected: Past President

**All positions are two-year terms.

Meeting Attendance:

All Business Meetings and Mechanics Sessions are mandatory for all active officials. No official of Board #20 will be permitted to work games at the high school level without attendance at the November Mechanics Session and a MPA Interpretation Meeting. Make up dates for the MPA and Mechanics sessions will be set by the Board Interpreter. Officials attending these make up sessions will be charged $15 to attend one of these sessions, $25 if both sessions are needed.

No Shows:

Every official in the crew is responsible for contacting their partners before each game to confirm game time and/or travel arrangements to the game site. If an official does not show up and the partners fail to communicate prior to the game, a $25 fine will be levied to all officials in the crew. It is recommended that officials make it a point to attempt to contact their partners at least 48 hours before game time. This will allow Assignor ample time to rectify any problems concerning the crew assigned to the game.

Official Not in Good Standing:

Grounds for an official being dropped to active official NOT in good standing shall be as follows

  1. Missing more that ten (10) questions on the fall exam for three (3) consecutive years or missing more than 15 in any one year. To be reinstated to good standing, official must pass the next year’s exam. (7 or less wrong)
  2. Accepting high school games prior to November 15 or the issuance of the final assignments, whichever comes first.
  3. Failing to inform the board secretary in writing that the official will not be able to attend a board-wide meeting two (2) consecutive years.
  4. Failing to keep blocked dates updated in Arbiter if unable to accept assignments two (2) times in two (2) consecutive years.
  5. Failing to pay yearly dues and assessments on or before the annual meeting without prior notification to the board secretary. (Does not apply to first year officials)
  6. Failing to have ratings completed in Arbiter by Annual Meeting on time for two (2) consecutive years.
  7. Unethical behavior on part of an official as determined by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
  8. Failure to arrive at a school in time for a game, without exception granted by the Executive Committee two (2) instances in two (2) consecutive years.

Failing under any of the criteria above will cause a board member to be dropped to an active member “not in good standing” status. An active member not in good standing shall be eligible to be part of the assignment system; however; those officials shall be classified as an L-5 for the following season and will be the last officials assigned games behind new official who pass the exam in November. A member not in good standing is not eligible to be a dual member with any other IAABO board in accordance with the national IAABO Constitution.

Pool A Requirements:

All regular season games utilizing 3-person mechanics must be assigned from the Pool A group of officials. Pool A officials are those who have participated in a regional tournament (not including preliminary games) at the high school level in the past 3 seasons or have passed a floor test arranged by the Board interpreter. For an official to qualify for a 3-person floor test to be included in Pool A, they must complete all the requirements of Pool B.

Requirements to Apply for Pool B:

A member of IAABO #20 who desires to officiate in 3-person games may apply for inclusion in Pool B. To qualify to apply for Pool B the following requirements must be met:

All requests must be put in writing to the interpreter by the date of the Annual meeting. A maximum of twelve applicants will be accepted each season. In the Event that more than 12 applicants apply, the highest rated 12 applicants will be accepted.

Those individuals accepted into Pool B will be assessed a training fee of $50.00, due by the first regular meeting of the Board each season. Pool B officials will not be paid travel to three-person games assigned during the season.

Once the Pool B group of officials is set, the Assignor will make every effort to include pre-season and exhibition 3-person assignments on the official’s schedule. The floor test will be arranged and observed by the Board interpreter as well as other trained observers.

If the Pool B floor test is passed, the certification will be good for the following 3 seasons. If the official is later selected to participate in a regional tournament the certification will continue for 3 seasons after their last selection to the tournament pool of officials. If an official’s 3-person certification should expire, an opportunity for re-certification may be coordinated with the Board Interpreter.

Ratings Summary:

IAABO Written Exam50 Points
Evaluation of Fellow Officials35 Points
Cooperation10 Points
Attendance at Meetings5 Points
Total 100 Points
Bonus Points for Camps/Clinics:


1 point for attendance at an IAABO approved camp

1 point for attendance at a NCAA approved camp

0 points for attendance at a college try-out camp

No more than 2 points may be utilized for rating purposes. Points are good for 4 seasons after the date the camp is attended.


  1. 1 point for attendance at the Maine Fall Conference (must attend all rule/mechanic sessions offered except MPA Session if attended at another location) OR
  2. 1 point for attendance at the IAABO Fall Conference or IAABO approved Fox Clinic (All appropriate rules/mechanics sessions must be attended)

Only 1 of these points may be used and will only apply to the following year’s rating.

***To receive bonus points for both Camps and Clinics, proper documentation (A Camp certificate, Camp Director signature or other documentation verifying attendance must be submitted to the Board #20 Assignor no later than the IAABO November test date in the year in which the camp occurred.

Experience Points:

1 Point is awarded to each official who has completed 75 high school (total varsity, junior varsity and freshman) assignments. OR

2 Points are awarded to each official who has completed 50 high school varsity assignments within the past 5 years. OR

3 Points are awarded to each official who has completed 100 high school varsity assignments within the past 5 years.

One additional rating point will be awarded to each official who made the tournament pool within the past 3 years provided the total number of experience points does not exceed 3.

Cooperation Points:

Each active official is required to do the 8 tasks each season:

  1. Keep availability updated in Arbiter.
  2. Accept all games by the "accept by" date after schedule is released in November.
  3. Return Manual Exam to Interpreter by December 31.
  4. Complete Boys & Girls Sportsmanship Award on-line by Feb. 15.
  5. Complete School Facility/AD evaluations on-line by Feb. 15.
  6. Turn in Physical by Annual Meeting.
  7. Complete Officials Ratings in Arbiter by Annual Meeting.
  8. Pay Dues to Board Secretary by Annual Meeting.

Each One of these tasks is worth one point on your final rating. Each official has 2 other points granted each season. The Executive Committee may deduct these points from your rating for disciplinary purposes if needed.

Meeting Points:

Meeting points shall accumulate each season as follows:

5 points are awarded to members for attendance at all Board 20 mandatory meetings

½ point is deducted for members who miss a meeting with a timely and approved excuse as determined by the Executive Committee

0 points will be awarded when missing a meeting without an approved excuse as determined by the Executive Committee

Schedule Complaints:

If an official of IAABO #20 has a problem with his/her schedule, the first recourse is to contact the Assignor. If after communicating with the Assignor the official believes the problem was not properly addressed he/she should next contact the Vice President. The Vice President will assess the validity of the complaint and try to work toward a solution with the Assignor. If the Vice President cannot reach a solution that is acceptable to the official, the official and the assignor may be asked to appear on front of the Executive Committee to work toward a resolution to the situation. The Executive Committee will make the final decision in the matter.

Technical Foul Reporting:

All technical fouls ruled (even administrative) at the middle school, freshman, junior varsity or varsity level of play it must be reported to the Board Interpreter using the online form found at The reporting of this data is important because if there is a recurring problem with the same school, player or coach the Executive Committee and/or Maine Basketball Commission will have the information they need to deal with the problem.

Three Person Assignments:

An official may make a request of the assignor to work only 3-person assignments. The request will need the approval of the Executive Committee.

Travel Reimbursement:

It is the policy of IAABO #20 to minimize travel reimbursement from schools whenever possible. Officials should contact the Assignor to rectify any errors on travel reimbursement as soon as possible upon receiving the assignment.

All game officials are responsible for contacting each other on all assignments to double check game times and coordinate travel arrangements to schools. Officials should make a reasonable effort to meet in order to ride together to the game site. The schools will be instructed to pay travel reimbursement based on the data listed in Arbiter. Officials who are not slated to receive mileage on the schedule should not expect travel reimbursement if they decide not to ride to the game site with their partner. Conversely, if the official slated to get mileage according to the schedule makes a decision that would prevent the officials from riding together to the game site he/she would forfeit the mileage to their partner(s).

If an official believes he/she has been under compensated for a game assignment they should contact the Assignor or Board Secretary to help rectify the issue. If an official is overpaid by the school it should be brought to the attention of the Athletic Director immediately to rectify the situation.