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Edmonton Basketball Officials Association 

January 31, 2021 

Matt Kallio Referees Toronto Raptors - Orlando Magic Game 










January 18, 2021

Matt Kallio becomes first Canadian to referee an NBA regular season game

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.

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December 27, 2020
December 19, 2020

Congratulations to:

Moe Allen Award -- Rookie of the Year -- Reihen Knysh

Vlad Eshenko Award -- Most Improved NOCP Level 1 -- Brett Roughead

Ed Tomick Award -- Most Improved NOCP Level 2 -- Rolan Latorre

Bob Sexsmith Award -- Most Improved NOCP Level 3 or 4 -- Warren Maskoske

Ron Bercov Award -- Leadership and Commitment in Mentorship -- Ken Kha

Herb McLaughlin -- Development of Officials -- Perry Stothart

Howie Farrell -- "Love of the Game" -- Stephan Melnyk

Service Award -- Volunteer Contribution -- Ed Harasam




2020 CBOC Ritchie/Nicurity Scholarships 

The CBOC Ritchie/Necurity Scholarships award $750 to promising young referees to assist in furthering their education. 

Congratulations to EBOA members Katia Davi-Digui and Calvin Kha.

The 2020 recipients are:

   - Katia Davi-Digui (Alberta) - MacEwan University, Faculty of Science

   - Calvin Kha (Alberta) - MacEwan University, Faculty of Arts

   - Carriera Lamoureux (Manitoba) - University of Manitoba, Masters of Religious Studies

   - Cieran O'Hara (Manitoba) - University of Manitoba, Faculty of Science

   - Zachary Udoumoren (Alberta) - University of Calgary, Faculty of Science

   - Alexandre Teichmann, (Quebec) - University of Montreal, Faculty of Medicine

October 2020

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.

CBOC Protocols

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.

March 2020

Due to the global covid pandemic, all regularly planned EBOA Social Events have been postponed indefinitely.

Events Calendar

September 2020
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:

Mark Dzenick
EBOA Director of Recruitment


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