Austin Basketball Officials Association
Welcome to the Austin Basketball Officials Association website. The Austin Basketball Officials
Chapter is made up of over 340 members. The organization is dedicated to providing quality
officials for High School Basketball. The main coverage area for the Austin Chapter is a 50-mile
radius. We also provide officials, during the season and post season, upon request from the
University Interscholastic League for all schools in the state.
THE CHALLENGE of officiating can provide some great personal rewards. As an official you
must make instantaneous decisions, resolve conflicts and deal with stress and pressure. You are
in a position to be a positive role model around children and young adults.
Most officials start at the youth and recreational program level. As you improve your skills and
gain confidence you'll begin to ascend the ladder and work middle school and high school level
games. From there, you may choose to seek advancement into the small college and major
college programs where officials are "scouted" by assigners, league commissioners or coaches.
The final step for a fortunate and successful few is the pro leagues. Only after many years of
hard work and selfless dedication might an official reach that pinnacle.
Sports officials must be able to bring control to chaos; understand fairness; promote safety and
encourage good sportsmanship. A sports official must have the positive characteristics of a
police officer, lawyer, judge, accountant, reporter, athlete and diplomat.
A good sports official is also someone who can be put in a position of authority and handle the
responsibility without being overbearing. As a sports official, you're in charge, but it's the players
who the fans have come to watch, not you. ('The Challenge' courtesy of NASO.)
Important Note: Reapplication should be completed prior to May 1st to avoid a $25
reinstatement fee. Be sure to send completed application to Roger along with your dues.
To register, please provide contact information here. Registrations are open for the
UIL's Arbiter for Testing
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