Denver Area 8 Basketball Officials’ Camp

Our annual Denver Area 8 Basketball Officials’ Camp will be held May 7 – 10, 2015 at Grandview High School.

Designed for all 1st – 5th year officials with an emphasis on NFHS 2 person mechanics to learn, improve, and build on your officiating skills.  Camp will begin with valuable classroom sessions and an exhibition game officiated by veteran officials with commentary. All campers will officiate 5 – 6 games over the course of the camp and receive valuable input from clinicians. All campers will also receive a DVD with film breakdown.

Camp Cost: $75 ($25 deposit due at time of registration; $50 balance due by May 1st)

For more info and to register, please click on the “Area 8 Camp Details” page in the menu on the right.

Sign up soon, as this camp will fill up quickly!

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IAABO Officials’ School

36th Year of IAABO Officials’ Schools

This summer, IAABO will be hosting four summer officiating schools with the goal of “professional improvement”. The Colorado School is scheduled for June 18-20, 2015 at CSU-Pueblo.

The desire to improve must always be present if one wants to achieve success as an official. Over the past nine decades the many and varied continuous education materials and officials’ schools, which IAABO provides, has assisted thousands of new and veteran officials learn and refine their skills.

IAABO Schools are designed to provide officials who have a wide variety of ability and experience with the individual attention to meet her/his specific needs. The focal points of each school are the review of rules, mechanics, signals and professionalism. Each official can expect to receive quality instruction in the classroom and on the court. At IAABO Schools, officials receive instant feedback, including video, which can be incorporated into their officiating immediately.

The Director of the IAABO Officials’ School is Tom Lopes, IAABO Executive Director and recently retired Division I Basketball Official. Tom is assisted by Peter Webb, IAABO Coordinator of Interpreters.

IAABO Officials’ Schools are dedicated to improving the officiating skills of the men and women who enroll. The program will be designed to benefit those who wish to embark upon a career in officiating as well as those who seek refinement of their skills. Classroom sessions will cover all aspects of officiating with lectures, films, workshops and testing. During the afternoon and evening sessions, all officials will officiate games.Each official will receive a certificate denoting completion of the course of study provided by the IAABO Officials’ School.Only National Federation Rules and mechanics will be taught and used.

Please visit the IAABO web site at to register for the school scheduled for June 18-20, 2015 at CSU-Pueblo.  The cost of the school is $175.00.  Scholarships are available through Colorado Board 4, Honig’s Colorado and IAABO.  If you have any questions, please contact Bob Lantzy at or call 719-660-5290.

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Terry Schiessler Memorial Award Winner

Congratulations to Kirk Smith!  This year’s winner of the Terry Schiessler Memorial Award for the best newly certified official in Denver Area 8.


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New Area Director

Congratulations to Rob Semin – Denver Area 8’s newest Area Director!

Rob will serve the members of Area 8 for the 3 year term 2015-2018.


Rob Semin

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Upcoming February Meetings

Here are the upcoming February Meetings:

Monday, February 2, 2015 – General Meeting – Overland HS @ 7 pm

Sunday, February 8, 2015 – Area Meeting – Denver Seminary @ 7 pm

Monday, February 9, 2015 – Area Meetings  – Overland HS & Thornton HS @ 7 pm

Please remember that each member is required to attend 1 meeting per month for the months of December, January, and February to remain a member in good standing and for post season eligibility requirements.  These requirements are state requirements laid out in the Colorado Board 4 By-laws for all members.

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Here are the upcoming January 2015 meetings:

Monday, January 5, 2015 – General Meeting at 7 pm at Overland HS

Sunday, January 11, 2015 – Sunday Area Meeting at 7 pm at Denver Seminary

Monday, January 12, 2015 – Area Meetings at 7 pm at Overland HS and Thornton HS

Remember the requirement for meeting attendance is 1 per month for the months of December, January, and February.  We will be taking nominations for Area Director at any of these meetings.



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Officials Vs Cancer Fundraiser with Denver Broncos Concessions

During our 3 game trial working the Broncos games we made close to $1000.00 to be donated to the American Cancer Society under Denver Area 8 for the State of Colorado. A Big Thank You to the following volunteers who helped out and to James Brundidge of the Colorado Collegiate Umpires Association whom we partnered with:

  • Sean Johnson (2 games)
  • Meghann O’Brien
  • Phil Barricklow
  • Dianne Barricklow
  • Apryl Eby
  • Jennifer Kyle
  • David Vieyra
  • Kelly Gillespie
  • Filbert Macias
  • Mandi Macias
  • Demetrius Stanley
  • Pat Beck
  • David Bowman

It was a groundbreaking effort that we hope can continue and grow in 2015!


David Hirshman


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Congrats to Debra Schamber!

Congrats to Denver Area 8 Member, Debra Schamber, on being the first female to officiate the 5A Football State Championship Game this past Saturday, November 29, 2014 between Cherry Creek and Valor Christian!

We are proud of you Debra!

Here’s the link to the story:



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2014 Veteran Open Book Tests

The 2014 Veteran open book tests are due by Monday, December 8th.  They can be turned in to any of the area directors before that date.  We prefer that you scan and email your completed tests, but you may turn it in in person or drop it in the mail to any of the area directors or to the Denver Area 8 PO Box. Please turn in the ENTIRE test and not just the answer section as those have a tendency to get lost.

Here is the address for the PO Box:

Area 8 Officials
PO Box 3395
Centennial, CO 80161-3395


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IAABO Video Play of the Week

Each Monday on the IAABO website a new “Video Play of the Week” is posted.  This year there is no login or password necessary to help make it easier for members to access the video.  You can go directly to the “Video Play of the Week” by clicking here >>>

We also have a direct link to the “IAABO Video Play of the Week” on the menu bar along the right hand side of the website.

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