2022 - 2023 Member Memos

May 30, 2022


2021 - 2022 Member Memos

#1  June 2021
#2  July 2021
#3  August 2021
#4  September 2021 Special Edition
#5  October 2021
#6  November 2021
#7  January 2022


The 2021-22 basketball season has been challenging to say the least as we navigate the obstacles of COVID-19. The EBOA Executive Board thanks our members for their perseverance and continued efforts to connect and communicate with the executive, assignors, trainers and mentors.

Update Your Availability on Arbiter

Please continue to update your availability in Arbiter regularly.

Officials who are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive should email the assignors immediately.


Code of Conduct | Standards of Excellence

Please review the updated Code of Conduct:     

Avoid Conflict – Basketball is a passionate sport. Coaches and players can get excited. When emotions run high, people sometimes do or say things they wouldn’t normally do or say. Please avoid physical contact or conflict with players, coaches, scorekeepers, timers and spectators. Don’t get into discussions or arguments during or after the game even if you feel you’re right. Leave the court quickly, don’t linger. Take the high road and walk away.


Remember – EBOA Members must only accept assignments from EBOA, ABOA or Canada West assignors. It is not enough to wear a stripped black and white uniform instead of the official ABOA grey uniform. Anyone accepting any other assignments may be subject to suspension or even expulsion from the Association.

Zero Tolerance for Coaches Behaving Badly

EBOA Discipline has dealt with a number of cases at the U11 level this season.

“Tell me, when is it acceptable for a grown man to be shouting at young 16-18 year-old female (or male) referees? Answer: “Not ever, period.”

The EBOA Executive Board strongly recommends that referees assess a technical foul to coaches behaving badly, at the U11 level and all other levels and leagues as well.

Game Incident Reports

All technical, unsportsmanlike and disqualifying fouls must be reported using the forms available at https://www.theeboa.com/game-reports

Safe Sport Training Module                             Sport Safety for Coaches | CAC

The Alberta Basketball Association recommends that all coaches and referees complete the Safe Sport Training Module offered free-of-charge by the Coaching Association of Canada.


League Rule Modifications

Officials are expected to know and review the modifications of each league prior to your games. We must know league specifications around shortened quarters, the interval of play as well as point spreads and how to address those correctly and professionally. Modifications are available at https://www.theeboa.com/rule-modifications

EYBA Reminders


Referees must not instruct the timekeeper to move from stop-time to run-time in the event one team is winning by a large margin. The players want to play and have fun. They are not embarrassed by losing by a lot. The EYBA has provisions to show only 20-point differences on the scoreboard, should the coach of the losing team request.

“In the event that games are running behind the scheduled time, at the discretion of the referees after consultation and unanimous agreement of the coaches, the game timing may be altered or run-time may be used in order to get games back on schedule.” Speed up the process of getting the ball in play. Administer free throws quickly and efficiently. Taking away playing time from the kids should only be an absolute last resort. Referees do not have the authority to unilaterally change the game timing.


EBA Reminders


  • Team names, division, court number, game date and time must be written on the top line of the game sheet (winning team’s responsibility).

  • Referees must confirm game information before signing the scoresheet.

  • All players must have their first and last names on the scoresheet before game time to be eligible to play.

Proper Uniforms

  • EBA teams must wear proper uniforms.

  • If a team wins a game while wearing improper uniforms, the penalty is “loss of the win, and no points for the game” in the standings.

  • Referees must record “Improper Uniforms” on the game sheet, together with the Team, Name and Number of the players not in compliance, as well as noting the total number of players per team not in compliance.

  • Proper Uniforms means “same colour; 4-inch (10 cm) number on the front, 8-inch (20 cm) number on the back. The League allows one player to wear an improper uniform, but not more.” The requirements are in the EBA League Rules (Art. 18 §7).

No Tied Games

  • All EBA games must have a winner.

  • Additional overtime periods of 5 minutes must be played if needed.


EBOA Referee Gear

Interested in official uniforms?     
Please contact Brad Hollett, EBOA Director of Administration


Interested in shoes, pants or whistles?    
Please contact Joanna Wiegers     

National CBOC Exam

By now you would have received your exam mark as well as communication from the National Board, CBOC, with the overall results across the country. Officials who were unable to write or did not meet the required score will have to complete the rewrite. All members are required to meet the required score in order to remain a member in good standing and continue to receive game assignments. Those members will be contacted with the exam and instructions to complete it later this week.

Resources: Issuing Technical Fouls

For those who are not experienced in issuing technical fouls, or just want to brush up on when, where and how to issue technical fouls . . .

Please watch this 10-minute clip on “FIBA Rules Explained”


No New Referee Clinics Scheduled

Given the current uncertainty, a New Referee Clinic is not scheduled at this time.

Thank You Committee Members

Thank you to the members of the Bylaws and Policy Committee and the Finance Committee for their continued good work.

Next General Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held Monday, January 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm.

Guest Presenter Leslie Todd will talk about “Fitting the Mold in the World of Officiating.”

Leslie is a member of the Calgary Basketball Officials Association and started refereeing in 2002 after she decided not to play colligate basketball. Like many referees, Leslie has encountered some hardships both physically and mentally.  This will form the basis of our discussion throughout the meeting. Some of her career highlights are officiating the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games Women gold medal game as well as the 2017 4A Women's Championship Game. 

Follow the EBOA

Website          www.theeboa.com

Facebook       https://facebook.com/theeboa

Instagram      https://instagram.com/edmonton.basketball.officials

October 2021

This memo is an update following the October Executive meeting. 

  • It is recommended that you complete the Safe Sport Training offered free-of-charge by the Coaching Association of Canada.  https://safesport.coach.ca/

  • Should you wish to purchase jerseys ($40.00 each), please contact Brad Hollett, Director of Administration, at adm.eboa@gmail.com

  • If you require shoes, pants, whistles please contact Joanna Wiegers - joannawiegers@gmail.com

  •  Reminder to know the modified rules for the league and division prior to getting to the gymnasium. - https://www.theeboa.com/rule-modifications

  • Remember that all EBA games must have a winner. No ties. Additional 5 minute overtime periods as needed.

  • The CBOC Exam period opens November 1 and closes December 13. Members should have already received the email with login information.

  • Update: Saville Community Sports Centre: 

    • Please remember that the next stage of the R.E.P. is now into effect, as of Monday, October 25, 2021.  As of November 15, 2021 the only acceptable proof of vaccination will be the QR code at the Saville. This may come into effect for other facilities as well.  QR codes can be obtained by clicking the following link: alberta.ca/CovidRecords

  • The EBOA Make-Up clinic will be scheduled for later November. Members are required to attend one clinic along with achieving the minimum required score on the National CBOC exam. 

and on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/edmonton.basketball.officials/


General Meeting 

  • November 29, 2021 - Diversity and Inclusion PD presented by Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad

Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad (@DrEizadirad) is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University and an instructor in the Master of Teaching and Bachelor of Education program at University of Toronto. He is an educator with the Toronto District School Board, author of Decolonizing Educational Assessment: Ontario Elementary Students and the EQAO (2019), and co-editor of Equity as Praxis in Early Childhood Education and Care (2021), Counternarratives of Pain and Suffering as Critical Pedagogy: Disrupting Oppression in Educational Contexts (forthcoming 2022), and International Handbook of Anti-Discriminatory Education (forthcoming 2023). Dr. Eizadirad is also the founder and Director of EDIcation Consulting (www.edication.org) offering equity, diversity, and inclusion training to organizations. He is also a member of the Race and Identity-Based Data Collection Community Advisory Panel with the Toronto Police Services. With respect to basketball, Eizadirad has been officiating basketball at various levels for 16 years including elementary, high school, college, university, prep championships, NBL, and international basketball with Wheelchair Basketball Canada. He is also a member of the Canada Basketball Diversity Advisory Council, Ontario Basketball Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, an Executive Member of the Toronto Association of Basketball Officials, and CBOC's Development & Education sub-committee.

MEMO TO MEMBERS #4 Special Edition
September 2021




September 18, 2021


EBOA Referees Must Be Vaccinated To Gain Access to Gyms

Effective September 20th, to gain access to the University of Alberta/Saville and other facilities, all visitors must provide proof of vaccination in accordance with government laws and regulations. Therefore, to ensure that the EBOA only assigns members who are eligible to gain access to gyms, and to help protect the health and well-being of our members, all EBOA members who cannot comply with this legal requirement must indicate that they are 'NOT READY' in their Arbiter account (by clicking on the appropriate box under the "List" tab). 



September 16, 2021


EBOA Training Clinics Moved to Online Format 

EBOA Training Clinics for Returning Referees have been re-scheduled and will be held online due to covid conditions and the challenges of providing a safe classroom environment for the number of participants who would be attending.

Mark Your Calendar



Returning Officials Clinic NOCP 1/2 (8:30 am - 3 pm)

October 2, 2021


Clinic for New Referees (9 am - 2 pm)

October 9, 2021





COVID-19 Information for Albertans CLICK HERE

COVID-19 Vaccines and Records CLICK HERE

September 18, 2021


"Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. New measures to protect the health care system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates come into effect starting September 16.

Getting vaccinated is our best defense to beat COVID-19. Getting vaccinated makes us all safer. A one-time incentive of $100 is available for Albertans 18+ who get their first or second dose between September 3 and October 14."


Saville - Facility Access Requirements (as of September 18, 2021)

"Adults and Youth (12 and older) 

Effective September 20, indoor group classes, training, and competition may continue in all University of Alberta sport and recreation facilities. In addition to the screening for symptoms; maintaining 2 metres distance and wearing a mask participants are required to:

September 20 - October 4

  • Show proof of vaccination - proof of a single dose is considered acceptable

  • OR Show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test

  • OR Show proof of medical exemption

  • AND Show government issued identification or the University of Alberta OneCard

NOTE: Individuals who have not received a single vaccination by October 4 will not be permitted on University campus

October 5 - October 24

  • Show proof of vaccination - proof of a single dose is considered acceptable

  • OR Show proof of medical exemption

  • AND Show government-issued identification or the University of Alberta OneCard


October 25

  • Show proof of full vaccination - double dose is required

  • AND show government-issued identification"

August 2021
Update following the August 2021 Executive Board Meeting
- Leo Mangano has been appointed to a two-year term as Treasurer (treasurer.eboa@gmail.com)
- Giancarlo Higinio, Franco Panizzon and Noelle Metrunec have been reappointed to two-year terms as Assignors.
- The Bylaws and Policy Review Committee along with the Financial Audit Review Committee have commenced their work. An update will be provided at the general meeting in September.
- Gerald Hauer has also been added to the Bylaws and Policy Review Committee, joining Mark Dzenick (Chair), Kandee O'Leary and Milton Davies.
- Effectively immediately the EBOA online store will be closed.
- To purchase jerseys, please contact Brad Hollett, Director of Administration, at adm.eboa@gmail.com
- For shoes, pants or whistles, please contact Joanna Wiegers at joannawiegers@gmail.com
Fall clinics have been scheduled. Details may change as we navigate updated COVID protocols.
To Register, go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/edmonton-basketball-officials-association-eboa-15860010 334
- Advance Annual Clinic - NOCP 3/4/5 and three-person list (September 25, 2021)
- EBOA Annual Clinic # 1- NOCP Level 1/2 (September 18, 2021)
- EBOA Annual Clinic # 2 - NOCP Level 1/2 (October 2, 2021) - (only attend one of the NOCP 1/2 clinics)
- New Officials Clinic (October 9, 2021)
NOTE TO EBOA NOCP 3/4/5 and three-person list officials - Individuals who participate in the modernPRO Basketball Referee Training will be credited for their clinic requirements for the 2021 - 2022 season. Officials in this group who are unable to attend this clinic will be required to attend the EBOA Advance Clinic on September 18th.
An email will be sent to officials in these categories at the end of this week. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Education at education.eboa@gmail.com
- Registration for the modernPRO Basketball Referee Training is available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJuIOajGU7HTV1G-E1hTW69n Q75Am9w4BiavBF9w0xEck1rg/viewform - -- Members who are unable to attend their designated clinic and require a make-up clinic will be charged a $55 clinic fee. Contact Kerron if you have any questions or concerns - president.eboa@gmail.com
Follow the EBOA
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theeboa
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/edmonton.basketball.officials/
List of upcoming EBOA General Meetings for the 2021-22 season.
- Monday, September 27, 2021
- Monday, October 18, 2021
- Monday, November 15, 2021 [Changed to November 29th]
- Monday, January 17, 2022 [Changed to January 31st]
- Monday, February 21, 2022
- Monday, March 21, 2022
Dates may change.

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