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

Area 8 Golf Tournament is coming…

Monday, July 13th will mark the 4th annual Area 8 golf outing.  Each year the event has grown with 2014 marking the first time we had a scramble tournament.  Last year’s tournament at Raccoon Creek had 32 players enjoy the nice weather and a great golf course.  Setting the date well in advance this year gives us the opportunity to better promote the event and hopefully see participation at least double in size.  We will also advertise the event to the other Area organizations along the front range.

New this year is the opportunity for you to sponsor the event.  Many of you have a real job or a side business that you would like to advertise or promote to your fellow referees.  So, please consider this an open invitation for you to participate this year as a sponsor, whether you play in the event or not.  Sponsorships can be monetary (to apply towards lunch, prizes, “sponsor a hole”, etc.) or in the form of door prizes (golf balls, driver, putter, shirts, hats, tickets to sporting events, etc.).  The amount and type of sponsorships will determine the final price for the event that gets charged to each golfer.  We are asking $50 to “sponsor a hole”, or general contributions of any amount.  There is also an opportunity for someone to sponsor the 6 contest holes (longest drive and 2 closest to the pin holes each for men and women) for $250.  Each participant will receive a handout with the name of each sponsoring official and a brief description of the business being promoted.  Hole sponsors and contest hole sponsors may also put a sign on the tee box of the hole they’re sponsoring.

So that we can calculate the entry fee and send out the tournament registration information, we will need to have all of the sponsorship commitments by Wednesday, June 3rd.  Please use this form >>> Area 8 Golf Sponsor Form and return it to Jeff Hansen.  If you are making a monetary donation to the tournament, checks should be made out to Denver Area 8.  Credit card payments will be processed by Raccoon Creek Golf Course.  If you have any questions, please contact me via email at jhansen@cityofgolden.net, or call me at 303-384-8020 (wk) or 303-884-2791 (cell). 

Thank you for your support of Area 8 and for your assistance in making our annual golf tournament a success.

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!

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 www.iaabo.org 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 boblantzy@aol.com or call 719-660-5290.

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.


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.



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