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ABOA Fall Webinar Clinic
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: The webmaster is on vacation, so there will be no updates to this site until Dec 15.
If you want more info on the upcoming Webinar #3, Exam procedures, etc., please contact your Local Board.

  • 2015 Nov 14

    Official FIBA interpretations

    ABOA Interpreter Morgan Munroe has issued the updated FIBA Official Interpretations. Click here to download a PDF copy.
  • 2015 Nov 9

    FIBA 6 Webinar #2


    Topic: Handling Special Situations
    Multiple fouls, last second shot, rule clarifications...These are often confusing and difficult situations that can happen to all of us.  In our upcoming webinar discussion with Michael Weiland, we will discover the most effective system for individuals and crews to follow, in order to avoid mistakes and improve performance.   
    There have been many questions regarding the conclusion of the game between Canada and Venezuela in the FIBA Americas semi-final.  We will review the video and images from this game to learn how implementing a few small techniques can improve communication and help problem solving in order to get the correct call or do what is best for the game.
    Please join us this Thursday November 12th at 9pm.  Click below to register!

    Register For Webinar

  • 2005 Nov 3

    FIBA 6 Webinar #1 Archived

    Karen Lasuik’s Oct 29 Webinar is now Archived. Here is the link to the recording:

  • 2015 Oct 25

    FIBA 6 Webinar #1

    As mentioned on the ABOA Clinic Webinar, we are presenting 6 additional educational sessions from each of ABOA's FIBA Officials. Each session will be approximately 20 min followed by Q & A.

    First up this Thursday, Oct 29 @ 9pm is Karen Lasuik. Her presentation is "When Things Go South"....which focuses on how we recover and get back on the horse after making a huge mistake in our game(s)...

    Please register for this Series on Oct 29, 2015 9:00 PM MDT at the following link:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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    Future webinars are tentatively scheduled below with topics announced shortly:

    Thursday, Nov 12 - 9pm: Michael Weiland
    Thursday, Nov 26 - 9pm: Perry Stothart
    Thursday, Jan 7 - 9pm: Matthew Kallio
    Thursday, Jan 14 - 9pm: Ryley Kerrison
    Thursday, Jan 28 - 9pm: Stephanie Nordlee
  • 2015 Oct 19

    2015 Education Downloads

    As a result of the recent ABOA ACAC Online Webinar, there are several downloads available.
    • Click here to go to the 2015-16 Education Downloads page to download PDF copies of the PowerPoint presentation used on the webinar.
    • Click here to go to the 2015 FIBA Downloads page to download several PDF copies of the FIBA Rulebook and Mechanics Manual for two and three person officiating. There are also several other files including, more detailed Three Person Mechanics, Individual Improvement, Teamwork and Contact Criteria.
  • 2015 Oct 16

    ABOA Webinar Archived Online

    The recent ABOA webinar has been archived online for one week. All ACAC persons who did not attend the session last night are required to log in and view the session.
    Any ABOA member can also log in and view. The webinar is available at:


    PDF copies of the webinar presentations are available here.
  • 2015 Oct 13

    Morgan Munroe Elected CABO President

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    SABOA member and ABOA Interpreter Morgan Munroe was recently elected to a two year term as president of the Canadian Association Basketball Officials (CABO).
    Congratulations Morgan!
  • 2015 Oct 10

    ABOA Evaluators’ Clinic

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    On Thanksgiving weekend, ABOA gathered most of the Provincial Evaluators at a clinic held in conjunction with the Olds College men’s preseason tournament.
    Guest speaker was JB Caldwell, the NBA Officials Scouting Coordinator. As part of the weekend, several newer (and a few veteran) ACAC officials were evaluated during the tournament. Talk about pressure. For some it was their first ACAC game and they were evaluated in front of JB, ABOA Evaluation Chair Jake Steinbrenner, ABOA Interpreter Morgan Munroe and about 15 provincial evaluators. All the evaluators and officials were invited in to hear JB’s critique of their performance.

    Click here to see some photos from the weekend.
  • 2015 Oct 7

    ABOA Fall Clinic Webinar

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    As you may or may not be aware, ABOA is experimenting this season with an online clinic via webinar. As has been noted on the ABOA website for sometime now, attendance is mandatory for all current ACAC officials. If you absolutely cannot attend you must contact your local board by Oct 15th. Your Board will contact ABOA Director At Large, Josh Carothers on your behalf with all valid appeals. Alternate arrangements will then be made. Emails sent directly to the ABOA Executive will be deleted.

    There is no charge for this webinar.
    The webinar is open to all ABOA officials if they choose to attend.

    Please register for the ABOA Online Clinic Session here. If the link is not clickable, copy & paste into your browser.

    After you register you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Your best email would be the one in Arbiter but any email address that you can access is fine. Several reminders will also be emailed to you as next Thursday approaches.

    The process is self-explanatory and straight forward but if you encounter difficulty please notify John at john.irvine1993@gmail.com

    ABOA Executive

  • 2015 Oct 5

    EBOA and ABOA Official Lanny White Passes

    Lanny White Tribute

    The basketball referee community and the world lost one of the best last month. After a courageous battle with multiple myeloma, Lanny White passed away September 13, 2015 surrounded by his wife Susan, daughters Randi & Shelbi and close family.
    LW was larger than life with family, friends and all those who came in contact with him. Always approachable, Lanny made you feel unique & accepted with his magnetic personal.

    As a referee he had a quality that is best described as the Lanny Factor. Reffing with Lanny you rose above process & correctness, he was more about intentional values, presence and a shared purpose. The result was a stress-free game, with cooperation & flexibility at the forefront. In the end it was always fun.
    During his almost 30 years as an official in Saskatoon, Calgary & Edmonton, LW always put the game & its players first, which put him in high regard with everyone involved. An Assignor in Saskatoon once told coaches at a high school meeting, “I’ll do my best to give you good officials, but Lanny White can’t do every game!”
    He was selected to 8 or 9 CIS Men’s National Championships, CCAA Nationals & numerous Canada West Playoff Series. He served as an Evaluator and Mentor provincially and locally.
    Numerous personal tributes have been posted on social media. Here’s a sampling from fellow officials, players, coaches and friends alike.

    “Tonight, I say goodnight to a good friend. A friend who was a special friend, a friend that was genuine, a friend who was there when you needed a friend. Someone that I enjoyed laughing with and someone I enjoyed coaching with and someone who I enjoyed spilling the odd beer with…I will miss you and I will see you on the other side my friend.” – Brian Anstice, Coach

    “Edmonton hoops lost a champion this week. Lanny White was an incredible father, coach, husband and referee in Edmonton and all over Alberta. I met Lanny during my early years at the University of Alberta during my career as a Golden Bear. Although we at first had a very rocky relationship ( me receiving technicals, him listening to my...remarks let's call it related to my technical fouls, over the years I developed a profound sense of respect for him as a man. One major reason why our relationship grew greatly was because of his remarkably supportive, hard-working and compassionate daughters - Randi & Shelbi. Since 2011, these incredible young ladies put forth a great deal of sacrifice to create fundraiser initiatives (under the name of Lanny's Legion Relay for Life) and in honour of their father they raised thousands of dollars… One thing I know for sure, is that I pray that I have daughters like the both of you one day, cause if I do, I know like Lanny, I'd be the proudest dad in the world…Sending plenty of love to the whole family, we definitely were privileged to have a man like Lanny be a part of the Edmonton and Alberta basketball community.” – Andrew Parker

    “Thirty years ago I referred basketball in Calgary with a tall, red-headed guy named LANNY WHITE, who was originally from Melfort, SK. He was a longtime Roughrider fan so we became friends. After several years Lanny moved to Saskatoon were he became a university official. He then moved to Edmonton where his success on the hardcourt led to several national championships. Lanny always had a big smile on his face and you just couldn't help but like him. He was well respected on and off the court. Lanny's many friends in Edmonton and Melfort participated in several cancer fundraising events such as the Relay for Life and were known as Lanny's Legion. Rest in Peace my friend. The world is a better place because you were in it and I will not forget you. -
    Ken Runquist

    “Tonight our community lost a great friend! To Susan and the girls, Lanny was the most humbling, loving, gracious, respected man I knew. He taught me many things - but most of all was the importance of family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.” Love, Stephane Labonne & Family

    “What I will keep in my heart forever is his example of courage. 1 Corintians 16: 13 & 14 describes courage as…’Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act with conviction, be strong. But this last part is where LW really stood out, ‘Let all you do be done in love.’ I trust Lanny’s Legion will continue to soldier on so we can keep our friend’s example alive…” - Jake Steinbrenner

    From Basketball Alberta’s website:
    Officials across Western Canada will be honouring Lanny White’s memory & example by wearing a LW Crest on the left sleeve of their jersey’s this season.

  • 2015 Oct 5

    LW Crests

    In honour of the memory of Lanny White, ABOA along with several local boards and Canada West will be wearing a LW Crest on the left sleeve of their referee jerseys.
    It's important to follow these instructions:
    The crests will be placed on the left arm of your jersey by all EBOA Officials at all levels of Officiating.
    Please see below instructions and additional notes:
    1. Jersey should be clean and freshly laundered (including new jerseys). Set iron to the Cotton setting at number 4 on the iron without steam. Do not use steam for any reason. Let the iron heat for at least 5 minutes prior to use. NB!! Please ensure you place a cloth between the crest and the iron. The iron should be set to medium heat. This will prevent the Black Ink from the crest running onto to your Referee Jersey.
    2. Do not use an ironing board. Use a table top or counter top. It must be a hard and flat surface.
    3. Once the iron has pre-heated, thoroughly iron the area of the jersey where the crest will be placed for 30 seconds.
    4. Place the crest on the jersey, embroidery facing up.
    5. Use iron directly on the crest. Use a slow circular motion, press firmly and iron for at least 90 seconds.
    6. Repeat step #5 on the reverse of the jersey (i.e. turn the sleeve inside out and iron pressing firmly in a circular motion for 90 seconds).
    7. Let the crest cool for 1 minute. If the patch can be lifted (with the exception of the red border), press the iron again for 30 seconds.
    8. Once all steps are completed, let the jersey cool for a minimum of 10 minutes prior to moving or folding.

    Special notes:
    • Placement of the crest should be on the left arm sleeve, approx. 1.5" above the black band at the end of the sleeve. The crest should be centered.
      • ABOA has made arrangements for all members to receive a minimum of one crest.
      • The crests have been tested on all jersey types currently used by members. The crest can be ironed directly on to the jersey without fear of damaging the material.
      • While the crest is on; launder jerseys inside out.
      • At the end of the season, the patch may be ripped off. It will come off relatively easily and will not leave any residue.
  • 2015 Oct 4

    September CABO Newsletter Available

    Click here to read the September issue of the CABO newsletter.
  • 2015 Sept 28

    CABO Awards

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    ABOA Supervisor Bill Carr provided some photos of award winners presented at the recent CABO National Meeting.

    ABOA Interpreter Morgan Munroe was presented with the Wink Willox Award.
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    John Weiland was presented with the Ted Early Award.

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    Two other officials with connections to ABOA were also award winners.
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    Former CBOA/ABOA member now residing in Manitoba, Dave Morphy was presented with the CABO Executive Award of Merit while Dave Werry, who as been a clinician at ABOA clinics and occasionally officiated games in the province, was present with the Wink Willox Award for the Saskatchewan Basketball Officials Association.
  • 2015 Sept 23

    New ABOA Executive Members

    ABOA President John Irvine has resigned his position. Vice President Wayne Zack (GPBOA) has become the new President and Mike deBoon (PBOA) was appointed as Secretary.
    The vacant Vice President position will be filled soon.
  • 2015 Sept 7

    CABO Newsletters

    CABO Newsletters for March, April, May and June have recently been added. Click here to read them.
  • 2015 Sept 2

    ABOA Fall Clinic Webinar

    After a review, the ABOA will be not be holding an in-person clinic this year, as we have in the past.

    The ABOA will holding a
    one day online webinar in late September 2015 or early October 2015. Details will follow, after the ABOA planning meeting on September 12th, 2015.

    We will be posting details on our ABOA website, as well as communicating via the Arbiter and local boards.

    The ABOA Executive
  • 2015 Sept 2

    Mark Goes To Summer Nationals

    Mark Schultz, a member of the Mountain View Basketball Officials Association in Olds, was a replacement officials for the U17 Summer Nationals. ABOA Evaluation Chair Jake Steinbrenner asked Mark to write about his experiences. You can read Mark’s article here.

ABOA Officials at National and International Events

Click on any photo for a larger view and click here for more info.

FIBA Americas Women’s Championships

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Middle Row, third from right: Karen Lasuik (EBOA)
Back Row, first from left:
Matt Kallio (EBOA)


Pan Am Games Officials

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Middle row left: Matt Kallio (EBOA)
Third from left:
Michael Weiland (CBOA)


2015 U15 Women National Championships

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Back Row:
second from left: Peter Kardos (GPBOA)
third from left: Teigan Lawton (EBOA)
fourth from left: Ryqn Doan (CABOA)
Front Row
second from left: Sasha Eaton (CBOA)

2015 U17 Women National Championships

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Back Row:
second from left:
Joanna Wiegers (CABOA)
third from left:
Erica Layton (CBOA)
fourth from left:
Adrienne Raczki (CBOA)
sixth from left:
Stephanie Noodle (SABOA)
seventh from left:
Jake Steinbrenner, evaluator (EBOA)
Front Row:
fourth from left:
Mark Schultz (MVBOA) replacing Chris Pelletier (CBOA)
fifth from left:
Kerron Lewis (EBOA)

2015 ABOA Annual General Meeting


President: John Irvine (EBOA) by acclamation

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Vice President: Wayne Zack (GPBOA) elected.
Treasurer: Paul Rocca (SABOA) by acclamation

CABO Scholarships

Each year CABO awards $500 for scholarships to camps. ABOA splits the scholarships into two $250 awards. This year’s winners are:

Yvette Kha and Joanna Wiegers

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Click here to download a PDF copy of the mines of the AGM

FIBA Assignments

Click here for a list of ABOA members’ FIBA assignments

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2015 1A Boys Officials
L to R:
Matt Staples
Ken Hovey
Mike Boven
Dave Bernier
Dave Schellenberg
Laurie Dirsa
D.J. Couch
Luke Jansen
Linda Duinker
Wayne Zack

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2015 2A Girls Officials
Clayton Twigg
Daryl Skaug
Denise Vanson
Ken Runquist
Arden Spachynski
Sasa Licina
Grant Stewart
Kelvin Beaudry
Rolan Latore
Larry Lemieux
Joanna Wiegers

Michael Weiland at the 2015 Liga Dos Americas

CBOA Official Carl Artis working a play-in game at SAIT. Photo courtesy of SAIT Photojournalism student.

Summer National and Fall International Appointments

ABOA Evaluation Chair Jake Steinbrenner has announced the ABOA Summer National and Fall International Appointments.

Click here for more info.

Newly Added: 2014-15 Refresher Exam and Answer Key as well as 2014-15 FIBA Points of Emphasis
Click here

2014 ABOA Fall Clinic

The Annual Fall Clinic was another big success this year. You can access the Clinic Presentation and other Educational Material using the links below.

Clinic Presentations

Educational Downloads

Clinic Photos courtesy of Bill Carr

We received the following note from Clinician Nadine Crowley recently:

"Hi Jake,
I have been reflecting on my weekend in Calgary and wanted to thank you for including me in such a wonderful event. Being present for Fred's last clinic was truly memorable. I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, meeting all those friendly Albertans and most of all having the opportunity to catch up with you, Ponz & the rest of my friends.
I learned a lot about myself and my commitment to officiating this weekend.
Thanks for helping me to continue to "evolve."
Take care and keep in touch.

Your friend,

This year we are focusing on the FIBA Rule Changes, Interpretations & their Intent.
Fred Horgan
Michael Weiland

Nadine Crowley
John Weiland

For more information on our clinicians, please
click here.

Photos From This Summer's Games

U15 Men Officials
ABOA officials on the left are Donald MacDonald, Andrew Poetker and Kerron Lewis
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U17 Officials
ABOA officials Neil Pollard, Steve Kabachia, Chris Pelletier, Erica Layton, Arienne Raczki, James Nilsson, and Dave Bennett
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3A Girls Provincial Officials

EBOA official Joanna Wiegers sends along the following photo of the 3A Girls Provincial Officials
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Left to right: Grant Hoe (evaluator), Rick Stoltz, Peter Kreutz, Trevor Durrie, Joanna Wiegers, Kelsey Kisilevich, Zach Doan, Sasha Eaton, Melissa Foltinek and Frankie Billingsley ( evaluator)

Joanna also sent the following photo of the officials at the Jr Wheelchair Nationals
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Trevor Kerr (evaluator, ON), Evan Picton(AB), Ludger Blanchard (QC), Frazer Bykowski (NB), Nathalie Asselin(QC), Joanna Wiegers (AB), Kevin Bowie(BC), Jeff VanEenoo (ON), and Jonathan Smith (ON).

U16 Officials
"Sasha Eaton, after reffing the Alberta Summer Games Boy's Final in Airdrie drove up to Edmonton to watch the Canada Basketball Summer Nationals (U15 G & B, U17 G & B) and the U16 Western Canadian Championships (G & B), took this picture for refalberta.ca

In total, 18 referees and 3 A/Es from BC, AB, SK, MB & ON participated in this 26 game championship over 6 days and coordinated by ABOA. Congratulations to all who made this championship a success!

L to R:
Terry Kindrat (A/E), Jake Steinbrenner (A/E), Veronica Den Oudsten, Ron Guinto (MB), Will Horner, Ryan Doan, David Lem, Bruce Baergen, John Byrne, Doran Davidson, Patrick Cabel, Cooper Toppings (SK), Perry Stothart (A/E)
Missing: Greg Bokenfohr (BC),
Gary Scott, Kristen Kwiatek, Kent Heine, Jackie Auch, John Irvine, Anna Del Col (ON), Andy Zvanitajs (ON)"U16 2014a

U17 Women Officials
ABOA officials back row 4th from left: Stephanie Nordlee, Adrienne Raczki, Lisa Geisinger, Kathy Ross, Kelasey Kisilevich. Front row left: Matt Rowan
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2014 ASAA Provincial Assignments
Congratulations to all the ABOA members who have been assigned to the 2014 ASAA Provincial Championships.
Click here to see a list of these officials.

2013 ABOA Fall Clinic

Click here for more info on the clinicians, downloadable presentations and photos.

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ABOA Life Member Ron Bercov Passes
ABOA is mourning the death of one of its Life Members,
Ron Bercov, of Edmonton on April 4. The following email was sent to members of EBOA:

"It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the passing of Ron Bercov , a long serving member of the EBOA. Many of you know Ron in many roles with the EBOA, most recently as a CIS/ACAC Evaluator. He had officiated at the CIAU[CIS] and ACAC level for many years prior to his on court retirement.

He served the University of Alberta for 41 years, five as Associate Vice-President (Academic) and three on the Board of Governors. He was president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and vice-president of the Canadian Mathematics Society and editor of its bulletin. He was also chair of the Alberta Universities Pension Board. Ron Bercov is a 2004 recipient of the University of Alberta Alumni Association's Honour Award.

A university, college, high school, and wheelchair basketball official, he has refereed three national championship tournaments and four wheelchair basketball nationals. In 2002, he received the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials [CABO] Wink Willox Award for improving officiating in Alberta. Ron was also a Honorary Life Member of both the EBOA & ABOA.

Our deepest sympathies are with his wife, Marcia, and his many friends and relatives."

Leo Mangano
EBOA President

ACAC Final 8 Men's Officials

Doug Carter, Dick Vanderstam, Gil Coloumbe, Ryley Kerrison, Carl Artis Jr, Troy Eagar, Marla Van Gelder, John Irvine, Don Herman, Matt Kallio, Josh Carruthers, Charlie Bouchard
Back Row Evaluators: Terry Kindrat, Grant Stewart
Click on photo for larger view

ABOA FIBA Card Officials
ABOA is proud of the accomplishments of all our members, from regular season games & tournaments in rural communities throughout Alberta, to ASAA & ACAC Provincial Championships, to the excellent performances of all our officials who leave our province to referee National Championships. We keep updated records under the 'Assignments' tab on these selections from year to year. ABOA also believes that achieving a FIBA Card, for selection to International Tournaments, is a unique and noteworthy accomplishment. We are proud of these officials who received their FIBA Cards in 2012 & 2013: Matt Kallio, Stephanie Nordlee (2012) and Ryley Kerrison (2013).
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They join previously selected FIBA Cards Karen Lasuik, Perry Stothart, Michael Weiland on the world stage