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 area8directors@gmail.com

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 www.phillyref.com.

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




Rules Questions/Observations from the 1st half of the Season

Dave Smith, our Colorado Board 4 Rules Interpreter has distributed these rules questions/observations from the 1st half of the season.  If you have any further questions regarding these rules questions or any other rules questions, please contact your Area rules interpreter.  The Denver Area 8 rules interpreter is Denise Lopez.

1.  Legal and Illegal Use of the Forearm or Arm Bar.
While the use of the forearm or arm bar is primarily a defensive tactic, the same principles apply to offensive players as well.  Rule 10-6-12.b makes it illegal and automatic foul to place an “extended” arm bar on an opponent with the ball both on the perimeter and in the post.  The contact rule prohibits players from extending their arms, other than vertically, to hinder the freedom of movement of an opponent. (Rule 4-24-6)  A forearm or arm bar that is within a player’s vertical space is legal.  Contacting an opponent without the ball with a forearm or arm bar that is extended beyond a player’s vertical space that is not incidental as defined in Rule 4-27 is illegal.
2.  Undershirts
The undershirt rule is different than the tights rule.  Undershirts must be the same color as the game jersey and a single solid color. Different colored stitching is not allowed and undershirts may not have a visible manufacturer’s logo.  Under shirts can be either short or long sleeved, provided both sleeves are the same length.  The sleeves must be hemmed and cannot have ragged edges.  (Rule 3-5-6)
3.  Tights/Sleeves
Tights must be a single solid color (no different color stitching).  Permitted colors are black, white, beige or the predominate color of the jersey.  They must be the same color for all players and must be the same color as any headbands or wristbands worn. (Rule 3-5-3) They may have one visible manufacturer’s logo that meets the 2 1/4 inch requirement as found in Rule 3-6.
4.  Headbands
Headbands are anything that goes around the head and must meet the requirements found in Rule 3-5-4.  To see a visual of what is a headband and what is a hair control device that was published by the NFHS, please click here >>> Headband or see below.
5.  Protective Headbands
As Bert previously sent out, “The CHSAA currently does not allow for waivers of headgear products and does not consider such products as appropriate for the prevention or management of concussion in non-helmeted sports. Currently, soft headgear products may be worn in non-helmeted sports whose rules allow for such optional equipment. Current research does not demonstrate that soft headgear is capable of protecting against concussion. CHSAA will continue to monitor developments in this area and consider adjustments to its position should valid scientific evidence arise.”
6.  Ear Buds
Based on Rule 3-7, ear buds are not permitted during pregame warm up.  Like jewelry or anything else that is illegal, once removed the player may participate in the warm up.
 Thank you!
Dave Smith


SnapBOOSTER Fundraiser for Officials vs Cancer

Denver Area 8 has partnered with Snap Booster for an easy way to raise money for Officials vs Cancer.  It’s easy, all you have to do is sign up, take pictures of your receipts for things you purchase on a daily basis like groceries and gas, and text it to the number for Area 8 to get credit.  Our goal is 100% participation in this program!

Follow the instructions found here >>> Snap Booster Power Point

If you have questions, please contact David Hirshman directly!  This year let’s all work to reach our goal for Officials vs Cancer.


IAABO Insurance Program

IAABO offers a voluntary (not mandatory) insurance program for all officials who are members of IAABO.  In order to participate in the insurance program, you must have paid your dues for the current year and be registered with IAABO.  The insurance program covers medical costs AFTER your own insurance in the case of injury.  It also covers game fee reimbursement (the insurance that we receive from NFHS does not cover lost game fees), as well as General Liability.

The insurance period is from May to May.  The cost for the year of coverage is only $7.50 per individual.  Please consider this insurance as it is a great value!  For more info on this insurance, please click here >>> IAABO Insurance Program 2015-16

If you would like to sign up for this insurance, please send your check made out to “Denver Area 8” with “IAABO Insurance” in the memo line for the complete total of $7.50.  You can send it to the Area 8 P.O. Box:  Area 8 Officials, P.O. Box 3395, Centennial, CO  80161-3395.

**If you have any questions regarding the IAABO Insurance program, please contact Dr. Ron Brown, IAABO Liaison – rnbdds@aol.com