Edmonton Basketball Officials Association
January 31, 2021
January 18, 2021
Matt refereed community basketball as a junior high student in Edmonton. Following a hiatus through his high school and post-secondary years, he joined the EBOA to referee again following the 2006-2007 season (when he played basketball at Grant MacEwan College). His motivation was to stay connected to the game, and he enjoyed seeing former coaches, teammates, opponents and friends in the gym. He never imagined at the time that it was possible to become a professional referee.
On Monday, January 18, 2021 Matt refereed an NBA game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland (the Spurs won 124 - 105). He not only made history by becoming the first Canadian to referee an NBA regular season game, he also opened an avenue for young men and women to pursue a professional officiating career.
The EBOA and the City of Edmonton are proud of their native son. Well done Matt.
January 25, 2021
The EYBA has cancelled the 2021 Winter Season, given that Alberta Health Services have extended restrictions "with no end in sight" and noting that it would take 2 - 3 weeks after restrictions are eventually lifted for activities to resume at the Saville Centre.
October 25, 2021
The EBOA has implemented special covid protocols in accordance with the guidelines of Alberta Health Services, Basketball Canada and the Alberta Basketball Association.
All EBOA Members must complete the Return to Play Protocol Seminar and the NOCP Level 1/2 Clinic (at set times online) prior to refereeing games in the 2020 - 21 season.
Due to the global covid pandemic, all planned EBOA New Referee Clinics have been postponed indefinitely.
Come join our ranks. If you are already a referee with another recognized referee association and would like to join the ranks of the EBOA, please contact:
EBOA Director of Recruitment
March 2020 - Updated December 2020
Virtual Awards Ceremony and Christmas Social - Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Due to the global covid pandemic, all other regularly planned EBOA Social Events have been postponed indefinitely.