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Fellow IAABO Bd#194 members,

As we wrap up the Holiday Tournament Season and head into conference play I ask for your attention to the following items I have observed during the first few weeks of the season.

  • Rule 1-13-2 requires a line, perpendicular to the 28 foot line and placed at each end, with a minimum length of 2 feet, shall be extended toward the team bench so that the coaching box boundary is evident. Honestly, compliance seems to be pretty good, but we need to have every gym on board. Think of the officials coming to that gym after you and let’s work together on this.
  • Rule 3-5-4b states a headband must be a circular design without extensions.
  • Rules 10-5-1a,b,d,e,f,2,4 and 10-6-1  allow for an official warning to the head coach to be recorded in the scorebook. I encourage all of you to discuss this in your pre-game. When used properly the Warning is a valuable tool to have in your “toolbox”. When behavior of the head coach or bench does not quite warrant a technical foul, issuing a warning can really help to “set the tone” moving forward. Also, important to remember, no warning is required prior to issuing a technical foul.
  • For further clarification, regarding the mechanic of Trail covering the far side line in a crew of 2 game, review pg. 46 in the manual. Note the pressure, trapping situation illustrated. When the game situation requires the Trail to come across the basket-line (imaginary line from ring to ring) to better officiate this play the Trail will then assume line responsibility, above free throw line extended, should the need arise. If play does not dictate Trail moving over then all line responsibilities remain as they were prior to adoption of this mechanic. Example: Trail has not come over. Ball goes out of bounds above free throw line extended, lead rules and moves up the side line to administer throw in (new trail). Trail moves down to the end line (new lead). This is the intent of this mechanic. 

As always do not hesitate to contact me with any rules or mechanics questions you may have.


George Fixter - Interpreter, Board #194 IAABO 



Dear Fellow Board #194 Members,

I would like to thank all those who attended one of the refresher test sessions held recently. There were at least 6 sessions held with a total attendance of 151 members. Additional thanks to the site moderators for a job well done. These sessions have proven to be a valuable tool in preparing for the season. Let’s see if we can get to 200 attendees next year!

Be certain to review the Crew of 2 and Crew of 3 manuals prior to your scrimmages/games for any updates or changes. “ One Rule, One Interpretation”.

As always do not hesitate to email me with any rules questions that you may have.


George Fixter - Interpreter

Shore District Board #194 IAABO

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