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 >>> http://www.iaabo.org/video_login.php

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 denise.lopez0787@gmail.com 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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