Who is IAABO?

Each year hundreds basketball players take to the floor representing their high schools; all vying to win a state championship.  Everyday players and coaches practice preparing themselves for the challenge each and every game will bring. And when it comes to game time, these players and coaches expect the very best from the men and women who officiate their games. 

The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials is the preeminent basketball officials association.  Through a worldwide organization of some 200 local "boards" spanning 28 states and 11 foreign countries, IAABO has been the unparalleled and undisputed leader in worldwide training of basketball officials.  IAABO is dedicated to the education, training and development of officials maintaining the highest standards of officiating, and to encourage the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship. IAABO officials are some of the most respected officials in the world.

The men and women of IAABO 173 are on the court every night providing the highest level of officiating to each and every game.  All of our members have the goal of officiating final four games in Columbia and many have achieved that as well as countless State semi-finals and quarter-final games.

This website is dedicated to tell the high school basketball fans who we are, why we are the best and how you can join our organization.


"To be an IAABO Official means we have the best training available.  ODP for new officials.  The Team Camp. IAABO 50 Test. Sportstorial. Rule's knowledge. We are IAABO Officials are constantly trying to improve on all areas of officiating" 

- Lynn Palazzola