GCBOA Board Meeting – June 28, 2015

GCBOA Board Meeting

June 28, 2015

In attendance-  Jim Rudisell, Sean O’Shaughnessey, Jeff Ayers, Andy Ey, Antonio Woods, Ed Williams, Jeff Bailey, Larry Lasita, Angelo Zolotas.  Also attending but not voting was Greg Steinker.

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.  Second Antonio Woods.

  1. General Association Update- We currently have around 285 members in GCBOA. That number will drop this summer as members decide to not officiate any longer, but will grow with the new class.
  2. Review Past President Officer Replacement- Board voted to have Dave Siefring complete the 1 Year term as Past President, stepping in for Marty Monterosso, who has retired.
  3. Financials- Detailed financial will be reported at first association meeting.
  4. Email Update- Sean O.- GCBOA will have to find a new server application for our email program. The current program is being phased out by our provider.  Sean is working on a replacement he will build, or if not feasible, will find a new provider for email.  The new program will run approximately $550 per year.
  5. Tournament Recognition- Do we begin a program for this? The Board decided to explore this further. AZ will reach out to get an approximate cost, present to the Board for final vote.
  6. Association Give Aways- Ideas, Budget- Andy Ey will check into options for the association.  Will look into program for T-Short, Shorts, Compression Shirt, Shoe Bag, Hand Towel.  We will report back to the Board for decision
  7. New Officials Class- OHSAA Approved, begin September 22nd– Class approved and will be ready to go.  Asking for any prospective students to contact Matt V, Jeff A, or AZ.
  8. Meeting Topics- Need Ideas/Topics for meetings
    1. October 26- NFHS Rule Changes, OHSAA POE’s
    2. November 2-
      1. Block/Charge Reviews- Videos, Explanation, anything to improve it
      2. Official/Coach Relationship- Larry L
    3. November 9- Floor Clinic
      1. 3 Man
      2. 2 Man
    4. November 16- Traveling, Disqualification Process
    5. November 23- Roundtable Discussion
    6. January 10, 2016- Montgomery Inn
  9. Open Discussion

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

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Tournament results

The GCBOA vote for officials to be considered for the basketball tournament has been announced.  Congratulations to the top 70 who were selected by their peers.

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Importing dates from Arbiter

Do you struggle moving assignments from Arbiter into your personal calendar? Here are some suggestions that may be helpful.

After you accept the games in Arbiter from your assigner, you need to move them to your personal calendar so that you can manage your personal, business, and officiating life. You will get assignments in two different ways from your assigner.

  • A block of games (like 3 games in a row for Rec games)
  • An individual high school or middle school game (or multiple individual games that are spread out over the season)

The technique is essentially the same regardless but you need to make sure you understand the dates of your new games as opposed to your previously imported games. This isn’t a problem for your first import but it will be a nuisance as you add new games to your schedule. You don’t want to import the same game twice!

In the upper left-hand corner of Arbiter, you will see Outlook Export. I realize that it says Outlook but don’t worry about that. If you are not using Outlook it will work just fine. Click that link.

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Arbiter will then ask you for dates that you want to export. You can type it into the boxes or you can click on the calendar button for a visual display. It is EXTREMELY important that you do not export games twice so make sure your date range is ONLY for your newly assigned games. After you select your date range, save the file to your desktop.

Putting games into Outlook

Your exported games will now be in a CSV file on your desktop. It is easy to import those dates to Outlook but the technique will vary depending on your version of Outlook. In general, these are the steps:

  • Open Microsoft Outlook
  • Select “Import from another program or file” and click Next.
  • Select “Comma Separated Values (Windows)” and click Next.
  • Find the .csv file you just downloaded and select “Do not import duplicate items” then click Next (warning – just because you say don’t import duplicates if you have duplicates it still may import them. Outlook isn’t smart enough to always detect a duplicate if imported from CSV).
  • Select Calendar and click Next.
  • The next window will have a title that says ‘The following actions will be performed:’ above an option to ‘Import the “(filename).csv” into folder: Calendar.’
  • Check that box and and click on ‘Import “(filename).csv” into folder: Calendar’
  • From there, click and drag needed fields from the left window into the right window. It is fairly self-explanatory, but the basic corresponding fields are below:
    • SUBJECT to Subject
    • START_DATE to Start Date
    • START_TIME to Start Time
    • END_TIME to End Time
    • DESCRIPTION to Description
    • LOCATION to Location
    • And if you’d like Outlook to place a reminder: REMINDER_ON_OFF to Reminder On/Off
    • Click OK
  • Then Click Finish

Putting games into Google Calendar

If you are using Google Calendar for your calendar then you are still good. This is happening more and more frequently since Android phones come with Google Calendar.

Open your Google Calendar in a browser. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and open the settings page on the dropdown menu. Immediately under Calendar Settings will see a link to Calendars – click that link. On the left side, in the middle of the information, you will see Import Calendar (it will be right beside a button to create a new calendar). Click that Import Calendar link, select your newly downloaded CSV file and it will bring in your newly assigned games into your Google Calendar. You do not need to map fields like in Outlook.

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2014-2015 High School Basketball Rules Changes



Art. 3: Arm sleeves, knee sleeves, lower leg sleeves and tights are permissible:

  1. Anything worn on the arm and/or leg is a sleeve, except a knee brace, andshall meet the color restrictions.
  2. The sleeves/tights shall be black, white, beige or the predominant color of theuniform and the same color sleeves/tights shall be worn by teammates.
  3. All sleeves/tights shall be the same solid color.
  4. Meet the logo requirements in 3-6.

Note: In general, a brace is defined as anything that contains hinges and/or straps or an opening over the knee cap.


d. Excessive contact with an opponent while the ball is live or until an airborne shooter returns to the floor.


g. A player occupying a marked lane space may not have either foot beyond the vertical plane of the outside edge of any lane boundary, or beyond the vertical plane of any edge of the space (2 inches by 36 inches) designated by a lane-space mark or beyond the vertical plane of any edge of the space (12 -inches by 36 inches) designated by a neutral zone. A player shall position one foot near the outer edge of the free-throw lane line. The other foot may be positioned anywhere within the designated 36-inch lane space until the ball has been released.

10-6-12 New

The following acts constitute a foul when committed against a ball handler/dribbler:

  1. Placing two hands on the player.
  2. Placing an extended arm bar on the player.
  3. Placing and keeping a hand on the player.
  4. Contacting the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands.



TEAM MEMBER’S EQUIPMENT, APPAREL (3-5-3 NEW): The 2013-14 rule implementation regarding arm and leg sleeves was difficult to monitor and enforce by contest officials and coaches. Anything worn on the arm and/or leg is considered to be a sleeve, except a knee brace, and shall meet the color restrictions. Tights that extend below the knee are now legal and must meet the color restrictions by rule. Medical verification of arm and leg compression sleeves has been eliminated. All sleeves/tights shall be the same solid color per individual player. The sleeves/tights shall be black, white, beige or the predominant color of the uniform. The same color arm and leg sleeves/tights shall be worn by all teammates. For example, the guidelines specify that if white arm sleeves are worn, then the leg sleeves/tights must also be white.

FOUL (4-19-3d): This change expands the definition of an intentional foul to include excessive contact committed while the ball is live or until an airborne shooter returns to the floor. This recognizes an intentional foul call should be made against any player, not only on the person playing the ball.

FREE THROW PROVISIONS (9-1-3g New): This rules change affects players in marked lane spaces. The new rule allows players in marked lane spaces to enter the lane when the ball is released by the free thrower. The restrictions for the free thrower and players not in marked lane spaces remain in effect until the free throw touches the ring or backboard, or until the free throw ends. This rules change will better allow officials to monitor violations and fouls that may occur on a free throw attempt.

CONTACT (10-6-12 New): Rather than continuing to make illegal contact a point of emphasis, a new criteria for foul enforcement was created. The intent is to clean up perimeter play and restore freedom of movement to the game. The new rule clearly explains specific contact that should be called a foul. This criteria should provide for more understanding of illegal contact for coaches and players, and improved enforcement by officials.


The above rule changes are copied from the official documents here and here. These documents and the NFHS rules book are the definitive source for this information and the information posted here is only for reference.

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Do you want to be a ref?

Are you interested in becoming an OHSAA certified official? Classes for the fall of 2014 to prepare you for the 2014/2015 season will start soon.

The below dates are the class schedule for the class:

Landmark Christian
September 30, 2014- Small Room 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
October 7, 2014- Small Room 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
October 14, 2014- Small Room 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
October 21, 2014- Small Room 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
October 28, 2014- Small Room 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
November 4, 2014- Small Room 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
November 11, 2014- Small Room 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
November 18, 2014- Small Room 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

For more information on what is covered, the cost of the class and the next steps please contact:

Matt Velten
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To be an Ohio High School Athletics Association (OHSAA) basketball official, you must take a class and pass 2 separate tests. This will qualify you to be a Class 3 or Class 2 official (depending on your age). Class 2 officials can officiate Jr. High, Freshman, and Junior Varsity boys and girls games. After 2 years of officiating, 2 peer reviews by Class 1 officials, and the passing of 2 additional tests, Class 2 officials can become Class 1 officials and are eligible to officiate Varsity level events.

In addition to the one-time education qualifications above there are annual commitments. Every official must pay an annual fee to OHSAA, join and pay dues to a basketball association (such as GCBOA, Inc.), attend 1 State-sponsored meeting (and potentially pass a test on new rules), and attend 4 association-sponsored meetings.

Upon successful completion of this class and the passing of 2 exams, students will become a state-certified Class 2 or Class 3 basketball official and a member of the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Officials Association, Inc!

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GCBOA dues for 2014/2015 basketball season

Your GCBOA dues are to be paid in the month of JULY, from July 1st – July 31st.
GCBOA Dues are $25.00 for the 2014/2015 basketball season.

This year, we have 2 options for payment:

  1. The GCBOA Board has set up electronic payment through PayPal.
  2. You may send in a check or money order.

To pay electronically, you may use this link to access an electronic option through PayPal.

You may also access the link off of the GCBOA.com homepage. It is available in the menu bar directly below the large GCBOA logo at the top of the page.

Paying electronically by Credit Card or PayPal account will total $26.00. GCBOA is assessed a $1.00 fee to offer this option.

To make payment easier for our members, we have partnered with PayPal to allow you to pay electronically. You may use any credit card or your PayPal account. If you do not have a PayPal account, it is FREE to set one up. If you have any concerns or questions, please send an email to the Treasurer at treasurer@gcboa.com

If paying by mail, all checks or money orders need to be made out to GCBOA for $25.00. Please mail to:

Angelo Zolotas
GCBOA Secretary
2377 Harness Court
Maineville, Ohio 45039

After July 31st, you will be assessed a $10.00 late fee.

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GCBOA Board minutes for 5/18/2014

GCBOA Board Meeting
May 18, 2014
Agenda Items

Call to Order 7:05 p.m.- Marty Monterosso

Attendees- Greg Steinker, Marty Monterosso, Jason Arthur, Jim Rudisell, Jeff Ayers, Matt Velten, Sean O’Shaughnessey, Jeff Bailey, Dave Shire, Britton Maier, Jason Knoderer, Ed Williams, Angelo Zolotas Members Excused- Kirk Brinker, Andy Ey

  1. Meeting Dates
    1. October 20- Beau Rugg ( Associate OHSAA Commissioner) to speak. All local associations attend. Walnut Hills HS
    2. October 27- Landmark
      1. State Review
      2. Rule Changes
      3. Association Business
    3. November 3- Floor Clinic- Moeller HS- Confirmed
      1. 3 Person Floor Clinic- Kirk Brinker , Andy Ey, Angelo Zolotas
      2. 2 Person Floor Clinic- Jeff Bailey and Ed Williams
    4. Nov 10- Landmark- Discuss Topics to Add
      1. Closely Guarded Count- 3 Person Rotation-Over & Back-Out of Bounds Ball Placement- Video Reviews of Plays- Use of FB, Twitter, Blogs to Expand Education
    5. Nov 17 Landmark- Discuss Topics to Add
      1. See Above Topics- Carry Over and add others
      2. Open Discussion amongst Membership
    6. Nov 24- Landmark- No Meeting to be Held this Date
    7. Jan 11, 2015- Dinner Meeting- Montgomery Inn- Guest Speaker Suggestions?-Confirmed
      1. Will ask Phil Bova to speak- Wait on confirmation, if unavailable, will work on other options
  1. Sound System/Projector- Andy Ey to present options
    1. Board voted 13-0 to approve expenditure of up to $2000 to be spent for Speaker/Video/IT needs. Committee of Andy Ey, Sean O., Jason A., and Angelo will research and report.
  1. IT- Do we purchase laptops for New Class and Program Director?
    1. Board approved as part of above vote to obtain 2 laptops for GCBOA use as specified.
    2. Wireless Internet at Landmark- Will check with Landmark regarding its availability. Will research options if not currently available. Options- Hot Spot, GCBOA Order and pay for it.
  2. Dues- Do we want to take Credit Card, PayPal, Ref Pay payments?
    1. Board voted 13-0 to approve accepting Dues by Pay Pal/Credit Card. Jason Arthur to review with PayPal the process and set up. Board approved the option to pay by CC or Check this year.
    2. Board voted 13-0 to approve raising dues to $26 to cover conversion to PayPal/Credit Card
    3. Jeff Ayers presented Financial Report for last year. Reviewed and Approved
  3. Award Nominations- Ballaban/Franklin
    1. Ballaban- Matt Velten was nominated for the Ballaban Award- Approved by Board
    2. Franklin- Jeff Ayers was nominated for the Franklin Award- Approved by Board
    3. Franklin- Greg Steinker was nominated for the Franklin award- Approved by Board
  4. Additional Business/Open Discussion
    1. Board Committee Assignments:
      1. Audit- Jason Knoderer, Jason Arthur, Britton Maier
      2. Program- Jim Rudisell, Marty Monterosso, Ed Williams
      3. Rules- Jeff Ayers, Jeff Bailey, Sean O’Shaughnessey
      4. Nominating- Greg Steinker, Dave Shire, Matt Velten
      5. Governance- Kirk Brinker, Jeff Bailey, Andy Ey
    2. Jason Knoderer is organizing a Gold Outing for all local Officials, to be held on a Sunday in August, at Eagles Nest Golf Course. Jason will provide additional details to Members regarding the event. Discussed inviting Coaches and AD’s to the event also.
    3. Email Distribution- Currently, due to a large amount of SPAM which was previously being sent out through our email distribution, email is currently limited to be sent only by members who are on the email distribution. Outside parties who try to email the GCBOA group will be blocked from sending their email. Anyone who needs to have something forwarded to the group may contact Angelo or Sean.
    4. Meetings- Asked that Advisory Board members and Association members be willing to present a topic previously listed or one of choice to the Association at one of our meetings.
  1. Meeting was called to Adjourn 8:50 p.m.- seconded by Angelo Zolotas

Respectfully Submitted

Angelo Zolotas

GCBOA Secretary

The above information has been slightly edited to appear correctly on the site. The actual minutes as submitted by the secretary are GCBOA Board Meeting May 18 2014.

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New GCBOA board and officers for 2014

The results of our GCBOA election are in. First I would like to thank everyone who ran for a position, and put yourself out there to serve our organization. Thank you.

The winners of the elections are as follows:

Vice President: Kirk Brinker

Treasurer: Jason Arthur

Secretary: Angelo Zolotas

Board Spots: Jeff Bailey, Andy Ey, Ed Williams

Matt Velten
GCBOA Secretary

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Dinner speaker for referee dinner on January 12

GCBOA is proud to announce that Henry Zaborniak will be our Key Note speaker at our January 12th Dinner Meeting at Montgomery Inn. Henry continues GCBOA’s long list of outstanding speakers. Past Key Note speakers include Tom Ballaban, Mike Sanzere, Mike Mathis, Buddy Mayborg, Tom Clarke, and Steve Javie.

Mr. Zaborniak was a long time Basketball and Football official in Ohio, also working College Basketball and Big 10 Football. During that same time Henry was also an Associate Commissioner with Ohio High School Athletic Association. In that capacity he was in charge of the Officiating Program for all officials in Ohio. It will be very interesting to hear Henry’s thoughts on his own officiating career and how officiating has evolved in Ohio over the last 25 years.

I would encourage everyone to attend this event, it is a great time just to get together and spend time with your fellow officials, hear a great speaker and have great food. It is $25 for members and $35 for non members. If you plan on attending this meeting please RSVP me at my email secretary@gcboa.com with the number of people who will be attending.

I hope everyone’s season is going well and I hope to see you at Montgomery Inn on January 12th.

Matt Velten
GCBOA Secretary

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Commonly Misunderstood Rules


  • A player cannot travel unless they are in possession of a live ball that has inbounds status. A player could fumble the ball the entire length of the court, and would not have travelled. Unless it was ruled that he/she fumbled the ball to control it.
  • A player could dive for a ball, gain control of it and slide, via momentum, any distance and would not have travelled.
  • There is no limit to the amount of steps that a player can take between dribbles.
  • If a player attempts to end a dribble, loses control of the ball, then gains control of the ball, the player would not have travelled.
  • The key is that to travel a player must be in control of a live ball with inbounds status and lift their pivot foot and return it to the floor.


  • Boxing out is entirely different from backing out. In boxing out a player moves into their opponent does not displace that player, holds their spot, and then goes for the ball. In backing out a player moves into their opponent and displaces them before going for the ball. Displacement
is always a foul.

Legal Guarding Position

  • After establishing legal guarding position, the defensive player is permitted to move in any direction except into the offensive player being guarded. If the defensive player has established legal guarding position, and there is contact on the defender’s torso a player control foul should be called on the offensive player. Whether the defensive player was “set” or not should not be a consideration.
  • Legal guarding position is maintained by the defensive player in this instance until the offensive player is able to get their head and shoulders past the defender.
  • There is no distance requirement for establishing legal guarding position.
  • An offensive player with the ball is never entitled to a step. Time and distance are not a consideration in this instance.
  • Every player is entitled to a spot on the floor, provided they legally established their spot on the floor. If a defensive player legally establishes a spot on the floor prior to the offensive player jumping into the air, there is no designated landing area for the airborne offensive player to return to the floor.
  • If the defensive player jumps within their verticality a player control foul can be called on the offensive player if the offensive player jumps into the airborne defensive player.

Kicking/Fisting Violations

  • A player shall not intentionally strike the ball with any part of the leg or foot. A player shall not intentionally strike the ball with a fist. A player shall not cause the ball to enter and pass through the basket from below.

NOTE: Kicking the ball is only a violation when it is an intentional act; accidently striking the ball with any part of the leg or foot is not a violation.If the ball is thrown off of any part of the leg or foot of a player and there was no intent to contact the ball, it is not a violation.

Inbounding spot violations

  • The designated throw-in spot is three feet wide with no depth limitation and is established by the official prior to putting the ball at the thrower’s disposal.

NOTE: The thrower must keep one foot on or over the designated spot until the ball is released. The pivot foot restrictions and the travelling rule are not in effect for a throw-in.

Basket Interference/Goaltending

  • A shot may be blocked or pinned against the backboard, even after hitting the backboard, unless the ball is on its downward flight or within the cylinder.
  • It is not a violation to accidentally touch the basket, including the net, unless the ball is on the rim or within the basket.
  • Slapping the backboard is not basket interference or a technical foul if it is incidental to playing defense. Slapping the backboard is never basket interference. A technical foul can be called if the act was not incidental to playing defense.

Backcourt Violations

  • A player shall not be the first to touch a ball after it has been in that team’s control in the frontcourt, if they or their teammate last touched or was touched by the ball in the frontcourt before it went into the backcourt.
  • While in team control in a player’s backcourt, that player shall not cause the ball to go from backcourt to frontcourt and return to the backcourt, without the ball touching a player in the frontcourt, and be the first to touch the ball in the backcourt.
  • A player from the team not in control (defensive player or during a jump ball or throw-in) may legally jump from their frontcourt, secure control of the ball with both feet off of the floor and return to the floor with one or both feet in the backcourt. The player may make a normal landing and it makes no difference whether the first foot that returns to the floor is in the frontcourt or backcourt.
  • The frontcourt status of a player is determined differently depending on whether the player is dribbling the ball from the backcourt to the frontcourt, or in possession of the ball or receiving a pass from the backcourt to the frontcourt.


  • An illegal screen is not a violation; there must be contact for an illegal screen to be called a foul. Even the slightest contact on an illegal screen must be called a foul, or the offensive team can gain an advantage.
  • It is possible for extreme contact to occur during a legal screen. If the screened player stops, or does not run through the screen, it is incidental contact.

Dribble Violations

  • There is no limit to the height of a dribble. The player may dribble the ball over their heads, as long as they do not come in contact with the ball below the equator of the ball.

3 Second Violations

  • Allowance shall be made for a player who, having been in the restricted area for less than three seconds, dribbles in or moves immediately to try for goal.
  • The count ends each time a shot is taken, and a new count begins each time the offensive team gains control. There is no three-second count during rebounding situations.
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