Revised November 6, 2011




The name of this organization shall be the Central Maine District Board of Approved Basketball Officials.


Sec. 1  To magnify the place of basketball as a game for the development of character, good sportsmanship and citizenship.

 Sec. 2  To promote a statewide uniformity in interpreting basketball rules, regulations and officiating standards.


 The Central Maine District Board of Approved Basketball Officials shall comprise the counties of FRANKLIN, LINCOLN, KENNEBEC AND SOMERSET.


 Classification of membership shall be ACTIVE, DUAL, PROVISIONAL AND HONORARY.


 Sec. 1  The officers of the Central Maine District Board of Approved Basketball Officials shall be:

A.     President
B.     Vice President
C.    Secretary-Treasurer
D.    Official Interpreter
E.     Immediate Past President
F.     Member-at-Large
G.    Member-at-Large
H.     MPA Commission Representative

Sec. 2  The term of office shall be for two (2) years or until a successor is named.

Sec. 3  Election of officers shall take place at the annual meeting with the newly elected officers taking over their duties after completion of said business meeting.  During even numbered years the following officers shall be elected:  President, Interpreter, and Member-at-Large. The balance of the officers shall be elected during odd number years.

Sec. 4 The duties of the officers shall be those which regularly pertain to those officers.


Sec. 1 There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Official Interpreter, Immediate Past President, MPA Commission Representative, Recruiter of Officials and at member-at-large.

Sec. 2 The Executive Committee shall handle all business of the Board occurring between meetings.  Four members shall constitute a quorum.

Sec. 3  The Executive Committee shall authorize the President to appoint such committees as it may desire.  All special committees authorized by the Executive Committee shall be subject to approval of the Executive Committee, and shall be discharged upon fulfillment of their assignments.  There shall be an Assignment Review Committee appointed by the President. The primary function of this committee is to review members’ schedules to check compliance with the game assignment guidelines.

Sec. 4  No financial obligation shall be incurred by an officer or committee except as may be authorized by the Executive Committee.

Sec. 5  The financial administration of the Board shall be vested in the Executive Committee, which shall submit a full report thereof at the annual meeting.


Sec. 1  The meeting dates of Board #20 shall be established by the Executive Committee.  Notice of the meeting dates shall be provided in writing to all members no later than September 30th of each year.  Members will have to attend all meetings.  Absence from any of the meetings not accompanied by an excuse in writing to the Secretary, shall render such member liable to fines and/or suspension from this Board.

Sec. 2  The time and place of the meetings shall be set by the Executive Committee.

Sec. 3  Provisional and dual members shall be governed by the same regulations in regard to attendance at meetings as pertain to Active members.

Sec. 4  Special meetings of the Board may be called at any time by a majority vote of the Executive Committee upon due notice to all members.

Sec. 5  Not less than one-third of the Active members of the Board shall be necessary as a quorum to transact business at any meeting.


This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Active members of the Board, either at the Annual meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose, provided in the latter case that written notice of the proposed amendment shall have been mailed to all members at least fourteen (14) days prior to the special meeting.


Reprinted and Revised through November 6, 2011


Sec. 1  The Central Maine District Board of Approved Basketball Officials shall operate under the jurisdiction of and the principles adopted by the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.


Sec. 1 Charter members shall be those officials who are members in good standing (active, associate or honorary) in either the Western or Eastern Maine District Boards as of March 21, 1948 and who further shall pay, prior to April 1, 1948 the stipulated first year dues of this Board.


Sec. 1  ACTIVE membership shall be confined to those officials who are qualified upon proper examination by and approval of the International Association and further by fulfilling all requirements as may be laid down by this District Board and to such qualified officials who may desire to transfer to or associate with this District Board on fulfilling all adopted rules concerning same.

Sec. 2  HONORARY membership other than those admitted as charter members may be granted to an individual who has rendered outstanding services to this District Board upon the majority vote of the District Board members at its annual meeting.  Honorary membership must be recommended by the Executive Committee.

Sec. 3  PROVISIONAL membership shall be granted to applicants who achieve 86 or better on the IAABO written exam and were not successful in their first floor test and will be given a second floor test the following year.


Sec. 1  The scale of minimum fees and travel allowances shall be those fees adopted by the State Basketball Council and contained in the contract with the MPA.  Any member guilty of violating this approved scale or fees shall be liable to suspension.

Sec. 2  Fees not covered by the State Basketball Council and the MPA contract shall be set by the Executive Committee.


Sec. 1  Members may be disciplined and/or suspended for failing to live up to and abiding to the letter and spirit of the IAABO and Board #20 Constitution, By-Laws, Rules and Regulations legally adopted by this District Board on a majority vote of the Executive Committee.  Due hearing shall be given the violator on any such occasion. Discipline may include fines, game suspensions and removal from Board 20.  Board members have the right to appeal Executive Committee action to the entire membership.


Sec. 1  The annual dues shall be set by majority vote of the membership for all members.

Sec. 2  All dues for the following year must be paid during the ensuing year on or before the annual meeting.  Members who have not paid by this time will be subject to a late fee and may be dropped from the District Board.


Sec. 1  The date of the written examination shall be determined by the International Board.

Sec. 2  The time of the written examination shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

Sec. 3  The place of the examination shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

Sec. 4  The written examination used shall be that of the International Board.

Sec. 5  No candidate or applicant shall be allowed to take the examination unless he or she shall reach his or her eighteenth birthday by April 1 of the following year.

Sec. 6  Fees for prospective officials will be set by the Executive Committee and shall include the cost of a rulebook, examination and new official’s course.

Sec. 7  The applicant will become a Provisional member by achieving a grade of 86 or better on the November IAABO written exam.  Those passing applicants must then participate in the floor education program, which will be conducted by the Board Interpreter.  Upon completion of the floor education program the applicant will be given the official practical floor test.  The applicant will be classified as a new member upon successful completion of the floor test.

Sec. 8  If successful, he/she shall be considered a District Board member and will receive, free of charge, a whistle and a lanyard.  If the applicant fails the floor test he/she will remain as a member with Provisional status, will be required to attend the floor education program and will be given a second floor test in the following year.  Failure on the second floor test will mean that the Provisional status is dropped and the candidate will return to Applicant status.

Sec. 9  The floor examination will be conducted by an Examination Committee, which is established under the jurisdiction of the Board Interpreter.


Any complaint made to the Executive Committee must be in writing and signed by the complainant.


The uniform shall be the same as that prescribed by the Maine Basketball Council.


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


Sec. 1  No two officials shall work two consecutive varsity games on the same program unless approved by the Executive Committee.  No official shall work two varsity games in the same six-hour period.  A period is defined as: 12:01 A.M. to 6:00 A.M.; 6:01 A.M. to 12:01 P.M.; 12:01 P.M. to 6:01 P.M.; and 6:01 P.M. to 12:01 A.M. [Exceptions: Act of God]

Sec. 2  No District Board member shall work a freshmen, JV or High School varsity, game with a non-Board man or woman.

Sec. 3  Board members may not solicit games.

Sec. 4  No Central Maine Board official shall work more than three (3) regularly scheduled high school varsity boy’s home games or three (3) regularly scheduled high school varsity girl’s home games at any one high school during the regular season.  A Board member may be allowed to work four (4) regularly scheduled high school varsity boy’s home games or four (4) regularly scheduled high school varsity girl’s home games at any one high school during the regular season if one or more of the games is a 3-person assignment.

Sec. 5  Provisional officials shall be allowed to work high school freshmen and JV  games with a Board official.

Sec. 6  All members must comply with the assignment system guidelines published annually in the Board #20 directory.


These By-Laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting by a two-thirds majority vote of the ACTIVE members of the District Board.