Dear Fellow Shore Board 194 Members,

Greetings and welcome to the 2023-24 Basketball Season. I hope that each of you are looking forward to the upcoming basketball season as much as I am. I believe we have plenty to look forward to this year.

I would like to speak about the number one challenge facing officiating organizations in all sports and all areas of the country: growing membership and retaining members. A big thank you goes out to our Membership Committee, Cadet Coordinators, and Mechanics Committee for their efforts in the off-season. We have met multiple times this year to discuss ways to grow our membership and be more flexible in how we train our current and future members. We will continue our discussions and are always open to new ideas that will help grow our membership.

A request to all of you. As you go through this season and beyond, be on the lookout for individuals who would be interested in becoming a basketball official with Shore Board 194. If we could get just 10% of our members to recommend or encourage someone to become an official, we could have approximately 30 new cadets each year.

In closing, it is an honor to serve as President to this great organization, Shore Board 194. I look forward to seeing each of you at the upcoming meetings and on the court throughout the season. Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or any Executive Board member with any questions or concerns that you may have.

On behalf of our Executive Board, I wish all of our officials a healthy and safe upcoming season. I look forward to working with you as your President.  I ask that you visit our website periodically to keep abreast of any new information that may assist you.  Please contact me via email ( with any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding our Association.  Please direct any questions regarding rules and their interpretation to Jason Stallworth ( All other Board business should be sent to our secretary/treasurer.  

My best to you, 

Rich Johnston