About North Central Massachusetts Basketball Officials, Inc.

We are Board 44 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO).


We are a geographically based professional organization focused on the initial and continuing training of basketball officials in the North Central Massachusetts area. As part of the community, we support relevant causes such as a scholarship program, a sportsmanship award for a vasity boys and a varsity girls basketball team each year, and "Officials vs. Cancer" fundraising.


Our officials referee all levels of play including youth leagues, interscholastic middle school and high school contests, and college. For levels of play below college, we use the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) rules with modifications by the state athletic organization, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athlectic Association (MIAA).


To learn more about our scholarship program, click on the Scholarships menu item at the top of the page.


To learn more about becoming an official, click on the Candidates menu item at the top of the page.


To learn more about the "Officials vs Cancer" program, go to the bottom of this page


After reviewing the site, if you have further questions about Board 44, ask your question by emailing webmaster@iaabo44.com

Our Mission

The Purpose of IAABO Board 44 is:

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

Towns Covered by Board 44

North Central Massachusetts

Acton

Ashburnham

Ashby

Athol

Ayer

Baldwinville

Barre

Bolton

Boxborough

Clinton

Fitchburg

Gardner

Groton

Hardwick

Harvard

Lancaster

Leominster

Littleton

Lunenburg

Merrimac

New Braintree

Orange

Pepperell

Princeton

Shirley

South Barre

Sterling

Templeton

Townsend

West Townsend

Westminster

Winchendon

IAABO Board 44 is raising money for the "Officials Vs. Cancer" campaign. Most members of the board have been affected this dreaded disease in one way or another, including our late friend, interpreter, and president, Gerry Flynn.

Proceeds from various fund-raising activities of Board 44 will be added to the direct donations of our Board members with additional funds collected as fees and gifts at numerous functions run by IAABO Board 44 during the upcoming season. These funds will be sent directly to IAABO International as part of their "Officials Vs. Cancer" annual commitment to fighting cancer. Last year IAABO raised over $200,000! Total donations through the IAABO International "Officials Vs. Cancer" campaign has exceeded $1,000,000 to fight cancer.