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About IAABO

Welcome to SHOP IAABO
International Association of 
Approved Basketball Officials, Inc.

      Through membership the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. is 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 mission statement is;

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.

Through a worldwide organization of approximately 200 local "boards" spanning 38 States and 11 foreign counties, IAABO has been the unparalleled and undisputed leader in worldwide training of basketball officials in the areas of basketball rules, mechanics and techniques of officiating, organization of local officials' groups and development of curricula and standards by which other officials' organizations are critiqued.  

Training and education processes are ongoing—augmented by comprehensive written and practical programs, updated annually (or more often as needed). Throughout the year, the IAABO office, in conjunction with nationally acclaimed clinicians, constantly develops and improves teaching and testing techniques.

Recruitment of new members by local organizations is supported by the national public relations efforts of the IAABO office and the reputation of IAABO as the leader in basketball officiating.

Now we've made is even easier to purchase customized apparel with IAABO's logo on shopiaabo.com.  We hope that you find the site user-friendly in our efforts to provide game day apparel and accessories along with day-to-day and business-casual clothing.