What is the IAABO?

The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) is a non-profit and professional organization managed by and for basketball officials whose primary purpose is to promote, maintain, and ensure the welfare of the game of basketball. Through strict development of standards, curricula, a continuous instruction, IAABO trains and educates new and experienced officials who are duly charged with representing the spirit of fair play, integrity, and sportsmanship. By promoting the principle of teachable moments, IAABO is dedicated to assisting schools and organizations in achieving their educational goals and furthering the ideals of basketball.

Want to Become an IAABO Official?

Board 95 can help you become an IAABO official. We offer classes that meet the two basic requirements needed to become an official. Classes Start Thursday September 7, 2017 at 7:00PM at the Lowell Housing Campus on Salem Street, Lowell, MA. They will run every Monday and Thursday until the IAABO Exam Monday November 6, 2017. Cost is $150.00 for class and materials payable the first night.

  1. You must pass a written basketball rules test by successfully answering 86% or 43 correct answers on a 50 question test. The test must be administered by a certified IAABO Rules Interpreter.
  2. You must officiate a basketball game and successfully demonstrate the basic officiating skills. This is called a floor exam. You will be notified on the night of your written exam when training will be offered and when the floor exam will occur.
For more information, please see the candidate process information or send an email to our Board Interpreter.