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

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.