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.
Congrats to Donnie Martinez on being elected as the new Area Director for Denver Area 8. Donnie will serve a 3 year term from 2016-2019.
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 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:
OTHER CAMPS 2016
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
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.
Denver Metro Regional Director
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.
There are several corrections to this year’s IAABO Refresher Exam. Please click this link to view the corrections >>>> 2015 Refresher Exam Corrections
Please click here for the IAABO Preseason Memo with Rule and Case Book Corrections along with freethrow semi-circle illegal entry enforcement >>>> 2015 IAABO Pre-Season Memo
Please click here for the 2015-2016 NFHS Interpretations >>>> 2015-16 NFHS Basketball Interpretations