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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2014 Preseason Scrimmages

A list of 2014 Preseason Scrimmages has now been posted!  Please go to the “Fall Scrimmages” page for more info and to access the list.

Let’s ALL get out and prepare ourselves for the season by helping out these teams with their scrimmages!

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Master Clinic This Sunday, November 2nd

Don’t forget the Master Clinic is this Sunday, November 2nd @ Thornton HS – 9351 N Washington Street, Thornton, CO 80229

Assignors and Vendors will be available starting at 8 am for you to sign up for games and purchase uniform supplies.  Assignor tables will be shut down @ 8:50 am and the meeting will begin at 9 am.

After the conclusion of the meeting, Assignors and Vendors will again be available.

REMINDER – We change our clocks BACK 1 HOUR this weekend!


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Test Fee Increase For All Officials Taking the New Candidate Test for Certification on Nov. 3, 2014

A $2 increase was approved at the IAABO Colorado Board #4 Board of Directors meeting on September 14, 2014.  The test fee for all New Candidates who take the IAABO Certification exam on Monday, November 3rd at Sheridan HS at 7 pm will now be $87.  The $2 increase covers the cost of the spiral bound IAABO Handbook (Rule book, case book, mechanics manual).  Please contact Denise Lopez at with any questions.

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Time To Get Your Arbiter Account “Ready”

It is hard to believe the 2014-15 High School Basketball season will start in nearly 10 weeks!!!

As has been the case for the last several years, ALL Varsity games will be assigned through Arbiter with all Assignors using Arbiter for their schedules.

All Arbiter changes should happen between today (9-22-14) and Friday October 10, 2014.

Please log-in to your Denver Area 8 Arbiter Account #104617

Here are the basic steps to getting into the Auto Assign:

  1. Logon to your Arbiter account under Denver Area 8 account 104617 (MUST this account and NOT the CHSAA Account)
    Check “Ready to be assigned”
    Up date the Blocks to your schedule
    Block any teams, schools, and partners
    Review and update your personal data & upload a recent PHOTO (THIS IS MANDATORY)!
    Verify that your schedule is completed by selecting “YES” under Custom Fields – “Draw Availability Submitted” by OCTOBER 10th.

There are a few other steps that are listed on the following documents, be sure to get all of them done:

DRAW (Auto-Assign) Info

How Do I Make BLOCKS

No schedule blocks/changes will be allowed after this date until the draw (auto-assign) is published. If you need to block a date after the 10th it must be emailed to an Area Director ASAP!!!

The Auto-Assign will actually be run on October 13th.

Assignors will evaluate openings and move officials as needed from October 13th until October 24th.

All Assignors will publish all assignments on October 24th.

Date to accept games may vary by Assignor.

More detailed instructions are on-line in Arbiter Account 104617. You will find the instructions under FORMS.

Please feel free to reply with questions.

Area 8 Arbiter Auto Assign
Support Team
Doug Frueh, Denise Lopez, and Joe Garmatz

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Denver Area 8 IAABO Rules Class for New and Transfer Officials

Rules Classes for all New and Transfer Officials, and anyone needing to take and pass the IAABO certification exam to become a certified high school basketball official here in Colorado are set to begin on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm at Sheridan High School in the Community Room.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

  • August 27
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24
  • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

For more information on the classes, please click on “New Officials Corner” .  The test will be given on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7 pm at Sheridan HS.

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Ranking Change Request Form

Denver Area 8 Members,

The Denver area assignors will meet Monday, July 7, 2014 for the purpose of ranking officials for the 2014-15 season.  Your regional director and the area directors will also be in attendance.
One of the concerns that has been shared with the directors was not having an opportunity to request to have your ranking adjusted before the ranking meeting was held.  In response to your feedback, we have created the Denver Area 8 Ranking Change Request form.  We believe it is important for the members who are interested in having their ranking changed to share information about leagues worked, post season assignments, and camps you recently attended.   By submitting this form prior to the ranking meeting, it will give us more information that will help us as we discuss your request.
**The deadline for submitting this form is THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014.**
The form is available on the Denver Basketball Officials website.  Please click here for the form>>> Denver Area 8 Ranking Change Request Form.  Once it opens you can print or save the file to your computer.  It can also be found along the right-hand side of the website under links for “Denver Area 8″
The form can also be found in your Denver Area 8 Arbiter Account (#104617).  Log into your account, then click on “Lists”, and then click on “Forms”.  You can then print or save the file to your computer.
Please email the completed form to   Thanks!
Your area directors,
Denise, Donovan, Jeff, and Doug


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A Few Reminders!


1.  Dues for the 2014-2015 Season ARE NOW DUE and payable by APRIL 15th!  Dues need to be paid to CHSAA by this date.  If you have questions regarding dues payment please contact Monica Tillman at

2.  The Colorado Board #4 Awards Banquet will be held in Colorado Springs on Saturday, April 26th at the El Pomar Foundation Garden Pavilion – 1661 Mesa Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO  80906.  Social is scheduled from 12 noon to 1 pm with Lunch and the awards presentation from 1 pm to 5 pm.  Several of our Denver Area 8 members will be receiving awards so come out and support these very deserving officials.  Any questions contact Bob Lantzy from Colorado Springs at

Reservations need to be made in advance.  Click here for a reservation form:  2014 CO Board #4 Banquet Reservation Form

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