About Board 33


Through your membership in the North Jersey Board of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc., you are a member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. (IAABO) – the only organization of its kind in the world: a nonprofit service and professional organization managed by and for basketball referees. Founded in 1923, IAABO’s stated purposes are:

• To educate, train, develop, and provide continuous instruction for basketball officials.
• To promote the welfare of the game of basketball, its players and officials.
• To maintain the highest standard of basketball officiating.
• To encourage the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.
• To have available at all times an adequate number of thoroughly trained and capable officials.
• To cooperate with all organizations officially connected with the game of basketball in furthering its interests and ideals.

Upload Concussion Certificates

Instructions for Uploading Concussion Certificates:

If you have any issues or need help with any of the instructions below, please click here to send an e-mail for additional assistance.

  1. Complete the concussion course at NFHSLearn.com and save to your hard drive.
  2. Open the RefSec Concussion Certificate Portal using this link: RefSec
  3. Type in your e-mail address into the Directory Number or Email field and press [Send me my PIN].
  4. After clicking this button, check your e-mail for the PIN; it will be delivered within a few minutes.
  5. After receiving the PIN, type in the PIN number into the PIN field.
  6. Click the [Choose File] button. A pop-up window to choose files will open up.
  7. Find concussion certificate from step 1 and click the icon/filename for it in the window.
  8. Click the [OK] (Windows), or [Choose] (Mac) button. The pop-up window will go away.
  9. Click the [Upload File] button.
  10. Check your e-mail for a confirmation receipt.

A Message From The North Jersey Board Of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. - IAABO Board 33

One week ago, an NJSIAA tournament game between Manasquan High School and Camden High School ended in a way that drew national media attention and resulted in a lawsuit brought by the Manasquan Board of Education. Manasquan asked a Superior Court Judge to order the NJSIAA to declare Manasquan the winner of the game because of what they viewed as an erroneous judgment call by the officials. The school’s claim was rejected three times in a span of two days: The Chancery Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey dismissed the lawsuit. A subsequent “appeal” to the Commissioner of Education was denied, as was a further appeal to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court.

These three rulings, confirming the NJSIAA’s position that the officials’ decisions exclusively determine the final score, did little to quell the media uproar.

In the final ruling, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court wrote:

While the consequences of a particular call may be unfortunate for a team, the NJSIAA’s regulations recognize the reality that game officials’ calls are frequently disputed, and that permitting such calls to be challenged on the basis of error would result in ongoing litigation, appeals, and scheduling issues, since no game could be considered final if its outcome is disputed in court as a result of an alleged error by officials.

Media reports on the controversy were rife with misleading headlines and inaccuracies regarding the final moments of the game and the aftermath, as self-appointed “experts” castigated the officials, often with crude remarks and innuendo — while remaining clueless as to the rules and regulations that govern the high school game.

We leave the last word to Manasquan head coach Andrew Bilodeau, as reported in nj.com last Friday evening:

The men and women who endeavor to officiate interscholastic athletics are people of integrity, character and love of the game. They do their absolute best, as do the coaches and players….
Source: NJ.com - Updated: Mar. 09, 2024, 8:32 a.m. |Published: Mar. 08, 2024, 8:15 p.m.

Board 33 stands behind our officials who, night after night, do “their absolute best” to get the calls right.

Annual Business Meeting

Event Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2024 - 7:00pm
Meeting Set: 
Business Meeting
Zoom Webinar


North Jersey Board of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc.


Notice of Annual Business Meeting

Annual Business Meeting will be held by Videoconference


DATE: MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2024  TIME: 7:00 p.m. EDT

 The Annual Business Meeting of the North Jersey Board of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. will be held on Monday, March 18, 2024 beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Due to health and safety concerns, this meeting will be  conducted by zoom-meeting videoconference. The purpose of this meeting is to elect officers; to receive reports of committees; and for any other lawful business that may come before the corporation. Members in good standing who are otherwise eligible to vote will be required to register in advance of the time set for the meeting. Please watch your email for information on how to register for this meeting. Members may participate via zoom meeting connection, telephone or other form of electronic device that produces a reliable audible connection between the member and the meeting proceedings. Members without access to email may request a link or telephone call-in number by written request to Mr. Walter F. Rusak, Executive Secretary, North Jersey Board of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc., 26 Constitution Way, Somerset, NJ 08873.

North Jersey Board of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc.

Walter F. Rusak, Executive Secretary

Dated:  March 4, 2024

Members - to access the Annual Business Meeting and Committee Reports, do the following:

  • Log onto the site
  • Click HERE to view the report and notes.

Congratulations to the Latest Board 33 Class of 2023 Entrants

This is the photo of the last applicant class from October. Over the course of the year, Board 33 trained and onboarded 115 new officials; the largest group of new officials in many years. We would not have been able to accomplish this without the assistance of many of our members who give back by acting as trainers/clinicians.

Many thanks to members Casey Thomas, Dick Hecker, Jeff Datillo, Bill Smith, Steve Rubinnacio, Brian Gogerty, John Stanford, Shaun Stephens, Nick Peloso and Gary Sluck.

Best of luck to all of our newest members from our IAABO University coordinator Dennis Allocco!

If you are interested in becoming a referee and joining this elite group of cadets, click here for more information and begin the application process!

2023-24 NFHS / NJSIAA Basketball Rule Changes and Modifications

The 2023-24 season is upon us. As we embark on the new season, please use the PDF link below to review this season's rule changes and NJSIAA modifications.

Good luck to all and have a great season!


Please note that as of today, (11-29-23) the NFHS has revised an interpretation regarding a backcourt violation. All backcourt violations will result in a frontcourt throw-in (one of the 4 designated spots).

The example below clarifies the ensuing throw-in spot when a player steps or dribbles on the division line. In this case, the throw-in will take place at the 28' mark. Any other backcourt violation will result in a throw-in at one of the four designated spots closest to where the violation occurred.


A1, while dribbling the ball in team A’s frontcourt, steps on but not over the division line.

RULING: Backcourt violation.

COMMENT: The ball was in team control in the frontcourt and went to the backcourt when A1 contacted the division line. Team B is awarded a possession throw-in in its frontcourt at one of the four designated spots nearest the violation. (9-9-1, 9-9 PENALTY)

NEW -- Instructions to Receive Credit in ZebraWeb for Refresher/Simulator

Please refer to the attached PDF file for information on how to properly receive credit for attending the Simulator sessions.

Note that this differs from last year, so please make sure to read the PDF thoroughly and follow the directions in it.