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 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

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 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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Rules changes for 2013/14

1-19 New

The use of electronic devices is permitted during the game.


A single visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference is permitted on the team jersey, not to exceed 2 1/4 square inches with no dimension more than 2 1/4 inches. The manufacturer’s logo may be located no more than 5 inches below the shoulder seam on the front of the jersey, or 2 inches from the neckline on the back of the jersey; or in either side insert.


Arm and leg compression sleeves shall:

A team shall not:

a. Use a megaphone or any electronic communication device at courtside, or electronic equipment for voice communication with players on the court.

b. Use electronic audio and /or video devices to review a decision of the contest officials.

10-4-5 Note

Signal Chart

The head coach may enter the court in the situation where a fight may break out or has broken out to prevent the situation from escalating.

Added a mechanic of a defensive tip (brushing one hand over the other above the head) to indicate the official has ruled the ball entered the backcourt as a result of contact with a defensive player.


The coaching box shall be outlined outside the side of the court on which the scorer’s and timer’s table and team benches are located.  The area shall be bounded by a line drawn 14 feet from the end line towards the mid-court. At this point a line drawn from the sideline toward the team bench becomes the end of the coaching box going towards the end line.  From this line go another 14 feet towards the mid-court, then a line drawn towards the bench becomes the end  of the coaching box closest to mid-court.  The coaching box is 14 feet long placed in the middle of the regulation 42 feet long half court. These lines shall be located off the court and be 2 inches wide.

3-5-1 NoteEach state association may, in keeping with applicable laws, authorize exceptions to NFHS playing rules to provide reasonable accommodations to individual participants with disabilities and/or special needs, as well as those individuals with unique and extenuating circumstances.  The accommodations should not fundamentally alter the sport heighten risk to the athlete/others or place opponents at a disadvantage.

2013-14 Points of Emphasis

1.   Granting Time-out
2.   Guidelines to enforce illegal contact
3.   Intentional foul
2013-15 Basketball Manual Points of Emphasis

1.   Proper Mechanics
2.   Dead Ball Officiating

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Learn how to be a basketball referee

GCBOA again this year will be sponsoring a New Officials Course. If you would like to become certified OHSAA officials please contact Matt Velten at

Here are the dates, locations, and times we will hold our classes.

Meets on

Date Start Time End Time Location
10/3/2013 6:00 PM 9:00 PM Landmark Christian
10/10/2013 6:00 PM 9:00 PM Landmark Christian
10/17/2013 6:00 PM 9:00 PM Landmark Christian
10/24/2013 6:00 PM 9:00 PM Landmark Christian
10/31/2013 6:00 PM 9:00 PM Landmark Christian
11/7/2013 5:00 PM 8:00 PM Landmark Christian
11/9/2013 8:00 AM 12:00 PM Princeton High School
11/14/2013 5:00 PM 8:00 PM Landmark Christian
11/16/2013 8:00 AM 12:00 PM Princeton High School
11/21/2013 5:00 PM 8:00 PM Landmark Christian


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GCBOA Board Meeting – May 16, 2013

GCBOA Board Meeting

May 16th 2013

Greg Steinker, Marty Monterosso, Jeff Ayers, Matt Velten, Jason Arthur, Jay Cooper, Britton Meier, Jason Knoderer,  Jim Abbott. Jim Rudisell also in attendance.

Audit Jeff Ayers, Jason Knoderer, Jay Cooper

Rules: Jason Arthur Dave Shire Jason Knoderer

Goverenance: Jim Abbott, Rennie Cousneaiu

Program: Jim Rudisell, Britton Maier Jay Cooper

Nominating: Jim Abbott, Ivan Fulton, Dave Shire.

Matt Nominates Jin Rudisell for Program Director Marty Monterosso Seconds. Vote 9-0 to approve Jim Rudisell as program director.

Secretaries Report:

Meeting Dates Set for Landmark and Moeller HS for Floor Clinic and Montgomery Inn for Dinner meeting. To be put on GCBOA Site by Sean O’s.

GCBOA numbers are strong 240 members. Trend is moving up each ear due to good retention and strong new class members.

Looking for speaker ideas for Dinner meeting- to be addressed as year moves forward.

Asked Board to think of ideas for Ballaban and Franklin Award nominees as well as VP and Board positions. Will follow as year progresses.

Treasurers Report

Jeff Ayers handed out GCBOA Statement to Board.  Board approved the statement 9-0 vote to accept.

Jeff also covered expenses incurred with GCBOA moving to nonprofit status which was finally approved by the IRS.

New Business:

Question brought to my attention that some members did not like the late voting time for our top 30. Board discussion ensued and it was determined that the Board like the timing of the vote. Motion made to vote to keep the vote in January. Vote 9-0 to keep vote as is.

Final Friday night social discussed. Board agreed that it should be located in the Montgomery area as to stay in a central location for the members. Board decided that Friday’s in Kenwood is an ideal site. Board vote 9-0 to have Final Friday at Friday’s Kenwood.

Member gift addressed. Several ideas bounced around but the idea of GCBOA whistle looked to be the best ideas. No action taken at this time as Board members want to look into other ideas. Follow up in August.

Discussion on Program ideas. 2-5 Class will be maintained by Matt Velten and Angelo Zolotas  with Jim Rudisell direction the main body of GCBOA.

Meeting adjourned.  

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Concussion test information

The following free online training courses have been approved by the Ohio Department of Health for coaches and contest officials:

Just a quick reminder that the New Ohio Law concerning officials and concusions goes into effect on 4/26/2013. If you are going to officiate any sport in Ohio you must complete one of the courses below. Also if you plan on working any OHSAA games next year you will need to have completed one of these courses to renew you OHSAA Officiating Permit. That is why I recommend the NFHS course as they

National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports – What you Need to Know:
(This free online course is available through the NFHS. Click the “order here” button, and complete a brief registration form to take the course. Follow these steps to complete the course:

  1. Click on the button that says “Please Login to Order.” In the window that appears, click “Register Now.”
  2. When your registration is complete, you may “order” the free concussion course offered along the left-hand side of the page. Continue following prompts. Although it may look like you will be charged for the course, there is no cost.
  3. Once you’ve completed “Checkout,” you will be able to take the free online course.
  4. When you have completed and passed the course, you have the option of printing a certificate of completion.
  5. All Ohio Officials should select this option to print, retain a copy of the certificate and carry it with them to all contests.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports On-Line Training Program:

PLEASE NOTE: Both courses offer a “certificate of completion” upon successful passage. The NFHS course allows organizations to search for and track coaches and other individuals such as contest officials who have completed the course, while the CDC course does not.

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