Area Director Voting

It’s that time once again to vote for our new Area Director for Denver Area 8.  Jeff LaGrange has completed his 3 year term as Area Director.  Be sure to thank him for his service to Area 8 over the past 3 years!

The 3 candidates are Jeff Gotto, Rich Halvey, and Jennifer Hill. You can see their pics and read their platforms below.  We will be voting by SurveyMonkey this year. Voting will close on Tuesday, February 28th.

Here is the link to vote:  2017 Area Director Voting 


Jeff Gotto

Read Jeff’s Platform here:  Jeff Gotto – Area Director Platform







Rich Halvey

Read Rich’s Platform here:  Rich Halvey – Area Director Platform







Jennifer Hill

Read Jennifer’s Platform here:  Jennifer Hill – Area Director Platform

2016-2017 Officials vs Cancer Fund Drive

Cancer is a dreadful, deadly disease that has probably affected everyone’s life in one way or another.  Pink whistle week is January 23-28.  Wear your pink whistles during this week to support Officials vs Cancer.

As part of our ongoing effort for Officials vs Cancer, you can make your donation for Officials vs Cancer at anytime up until February 15th. Make your check out to the “American Cancer Society” and be sure to put “CO Bd 4 – Denver Area 8” in the memo line. Suggested donation is $40, but feel free to donate any amount that you feel led to donate.  Get your family, friends, and co-workers involved as well. You can give your donations directly to any Area director or send directly to Area 8 Treasurer – Kevin Meador.  His address is listed in Arbiter.

You can also donate and have your family/friends/co-workers donate online using a credit card or PayPal.  Simply follow this link to the donation page for IAABO Board #4 (Colorado) >>> IAABO Board #4 (Colorado) Donation Page

Once there, follow these instructions:
1.  Click on “Donate Now”
2.  Click on “Yes, Donate to this Team”
3.  Fill in your appropriate information
4.  In the “Send a personal note to the person you are supporting” box – type in “Colorado Board #4 – Denver Area 8 and “your name” — This will help you, Colorado Board #4 and Denver Area 8 receive credit for the donation.
5. Complete your payment info
6.  Click on “Next” to complete the transaction
7.  Once completed, send an email with your completed donation info to

Thanks in advance for your willingness to donate and gather donations to help the American Cancer Society find a cure for this dreadful, deadly disease.  Let’s get those donations rolling in!

2016 Veteran IAABO Refresher Exam

A reminder that the 2016 IAABO Refresher Exam is to be completed by all veteran certified officials.  The tests are due no later than Monday, December 5th.

We PREFER that your tests are sent electronically by scanning and emailing them to any of the Area Directors.  You can also turn in the paper copy of your test at any of the meetings by December 5th. Please make sure you turn in the ENTIRE paper copy of your test because if you tear off just the answer portion, those are too easy to lose.

Area 8 no longer has a P.O. Box, so if you usually mail your test, please consider emailing it to one of the area directors instead. If that is not possible, then mail it directly to any of the Area Directors – their mailing addresses can be found in Arbiter.

Denver Metro Master Clinic

The Denver Metro Master Clinic is on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9 am to noon and is once again being held at Front Range Community College in Westminster.  The address is:  3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, CO 80031

Doors will open at 8 am for lower level game assignments and to purchase any uniform needs from Honig’s, as well as Denver Area 8 gear from Mile High Athletic Apparel. You can view the Area 8 Apparel here: 2016 Area 8 Apparel

The meeting will begin promptly at 9 am and conclude at noon.  You will be able to sign up for lower level assignments and purchase uniforms and gear again from noon until 1 pm.

Here is a map for FRCC:  FRCC Westminster Campus Map


New Officials Classes Begin September 7, 2016

Our classes to become a High School Basketball Official are beginning Wednesday, September 7th at Sheridan HS in the Community room from 7 to 9 pm.

Classes will be held each Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm at Sheridan HS through the first week in November.  Cost for the classes is $85 (Cash exact amount only or Checks made out to “Denver Area 8”).  There will be a separate $25 charge for the online study tool called “Ref School”.  More info will be given in class regarding “Ref School”.

The closed book IAABO test for Certification will be given on Monday, November 7th at 7 pm at Sheridan HS. The cost for the test is $95 ($75 if paid for and attended classes – Cash exact amount only or Checks made out to “Denver Area 8”).  Don’t forget to bring a couple of pencils to take the test.

Meeting Dates for 2016-2017 Season

All meeting dates for the 2016-2017 Season have been updated and are on the “Area Schedule” page.  Click on “Area Schedule” to go to that page (actually click on it, don’t just hover your curser/mouse over it).  Here is a direct link to that page >>> Area 8 Schedule

Plan now for attendance for your required meetings for the 2016-2017 season.  Meeting requirements can also be found on that page.  Put them on your calendar now and make sure you block those dates in your Arbiter account so you are not scheduled a game on the dates you need to attend your required meetings.

The “New Officials Corner” page has also been updated with the dates for classes, floor mechanics clinic, and test.  Here is a direct link for that page >>> “New Officials Corner”


Offseason Camps & Training

Offseason Camps & Training sessions are important to your continued growth as an official.  There are several camps around Colorado and the region for you to attend to improve your officiating skills.  Camps are not just for new officials.  ALL officials, regardless of how many years you have been officiating, can benefit from attending at least one camp every summer.  Camps help you to stay up to date with current officiating trends.  We have listed several options for you here in Colorado.  There are many other excellent camps throughout the region and the nation.  If you are looking for something out of state, one of the best resources is “Philly Ref”.  Just google “Philly Ref” or go to

Check out our “OTHER CAMPS 2016” page.  You can go directly there by clicking here:




Be Your Own Agent

Be Your Own Agent:

Many of you have asked how you can change your ranking, get more games, and how you can better your schedule. There is no one key ingredient, but several factors that go into it…however, one of the biggest things is advocating for yourself – Be your own agent. Below is a link for an excellent article in the March Referee magazine that hits on this very subject. It is not something that is unique to just high school basketball officials, but to officials in every sport at every level. If you expect to get certain things, YOU have to make sure that YOU are doing certain things…no one can do them for YOU!

Two very important aspects that are not mentioned in detail in this article are rules knowledge and attending camps (it’s part of the “hard, hard work” mentioned in the article). These 2 things are of extreme importance for you to continue to learn and grow as an official. We are only as good as the knowledge we gain. If we do not continually do something to improve ourselves, we become stagnant or level off.

Click here for the article >>>  Be Your Own Agent

Hospitality Area at Coliseum for 3A Finals


The hospitality area at the Denver Coliseum was a huge success and many officials from around the state who worked games for the 3A Boys and Girls finals were very appreciative of everything that was provided for them.

Area 8 would like to say a BIG Thank You to the following individuals for helping out, we couldn’t have done this without these people graciously giving of their time and resources.

Ben Kuchta (manager of Great Beginnings Cafe) donated sandwiches
Mark Cattau (manager of Chick-Fil-A in Parker) donated wraps and chicken minis
Mike Curnow contacted Chick-Fil-A and Walmart in Castle Rock and got LOTS of food donated
Brian Wilson volunteered at the Coliseum all 3 days and donated drinks and snacks
Steve Kohlts volunteered at the Coliseum, transported all of our supplies and set up the hospitality area on Thursday
Barett Palmer volunteered at the Coliseum and helped set up
Bob Chainhalt volunteered 2 days at the Coliseum and donated snacks
Scott Halpin volunteered at the Coliseum and donated to provide snacks
Ken Case volunteered at the Coliseum
Christopher Dulmes volunteered 2 days at the Coliseum
Rob Semin volunteered 2 days at the Coliseum and provided drinks and snacks
Jeff LaGrange volunteered 2 days at the Coliseum and provided ice
Steve Stewart donated to provide snacks and drinks

Thanks to all of you for helping to put this together in a short amount of time!

This will be something that Area 8 will provide annually if the 3A Finals are again hosted at the Coliseum in the future.

Denise Lopez
Denver Metro Regional Director