East Coast Basketball Officials Association

The Basketball Official's Association for Palm Beach County

The ECBOA is dedicated to provide quality officiating for high school basketball games in Palm Beach County and throughout the State of Florida in such a way that enforces the rules in a fair and impartial manner while upholding the integrity of the game.



After inquiry to the FHSAA, they have advised that associations and the schools they service have the option of starting the game with the traditional jump ball or awarding it to the visiting team.  We also recently spoke with the School District regarding this, and they indicated that the majority of AD's and coaches prefer to start the game with a jump ball.  The Board discussed this further at our meeting last night, and we voted to start the game with a jump ball.


As such, until further notice, all games shall be started with a jump ball, which shall also apply to OT.


State Playoff Recommendations



ECBOA's Recommendation Committee has finalized the list to be submitted to the State for post-season assignments.


The list has been approved by vote of membership and will now be sent to the state.


You can view the list Here



Safety Information


The FHSAA has released general and specific guidelines on how basketball contests will be handled when games start in the winter.


Check out these two documents for more information


Document 1    Document 2

President's Communications

January 2021


Dear Fellow Official,


Here is an update on ECBOA happenings and events:


First and foremost, I want to wish everyone Happy New Year, and a safe and healthy 2021.  Here’s to getting 2020 behind us and to a better year ahead filled with great calls, no yelling coaches, and adoring fans.


Basketball games start up again the first week in January, including varsity and sub-varsity games.  There will undoubtedly be cancellations, so please continue to be patient as we work through COVID-related issues.  Also, remember to update your blocks in Arbiter.


The Recommendation Committee has finalized the Regional tournament Boys and Girls crew lists, which have been posted to our website (ECBOA.org).  Thank you to all committee members who worked hard on putting the lists together.  A vote by the membership to approve the lists is scheduled for January 7th thru the 9th via our electronic voting process.


If you are injured or don’t feel well enough to officiate an assigned game, please do not hesitate to call Yetta or Mark and turn it back.  We certainly don’t want to jeopardize anyone’s health, or that of fellow officials, players, etc.  With COVID cases spiking after the holiday’s we’re asking everyone to be extra vigilant.


Nominations for President, Secretary, and two at-large Board positions will open in January with the election to follow in February.  Jonathan Pierre will handle our elections again this year.  Stay tune for more information on nominations.


Be sure to check your Arbiter account for payments applicable to public school games.  The first payment has been posted by the AD’s, and a second payment is expected in early January.  Private school’s payments will continue to be mailed directly to the officials.


 Thanks and let’s get ready for the second half of the season.


Joe Erwin